Reconstituting Dehydrated Mushrooms:

Posted by Dave Allee on

Wild foraged mushrooms are prized among those in the know.  In an effort to preserve their flavor and integrity, many times they are dehydrated for transport. 

Re-constituting them is a simple and effective way of getting to enjoy your wild mushrooms on your own time.

  1. Place the dehydrated mushrooms in a bowl.
  2. Pour enough lukewarm water over the mushrooms to completely submerge them.
  3. Let the mushrooms soak in the water for at least 30 minutes, or until they are fully rehydrated and plump.
  4. Drain the mushrooms in a colander, reserving the soaking liquid for later use in your recipe.
  5. Rinse the mushrooms thoroughly under cool running water to remove any grit or debris.

Then, proceed with cooking them (all wild mushrooms should be cooked before being consumed)

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. You want to cook out any moisture from the mushrooms before adding oil.
  3. Without adding any oil or butter, add your rehydrated chanterelle mushrooms to the skillet. (You will likely hear an audible sound of the moisture cooking out of the mushrooms.) Cook for 3-4 minutes
  4. Add butter or your preferred cooking oil to the skillet and stir the mushrooms in it.
  5. Sauté the mushrooms, stirring occasionally, until they are tender and browned, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  6. Season the mushrooms with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Use the mushrooms in your recipe as desired, or serve them as a side dish or topping for grilled meats or vegetables.

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