Dried mushrooms

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Mushrooms are grown in houses, cellars, or caves and are available year round. Most desirable are young, small to medium size mushrooms. Caps (the wide portion on top) should either be closed or moderately open with pink or light-tan gills (rows of paper-thin tissue underneath the cap). The cap should be white, creamy, or light brown. Avoid overripe, wide open caps, and dark gills.

Whole: Wash and blot dry mushrooms. Small ones can be dried whole, including stem. ARrange in single layer on tray. Dry 5 to 7 hours, until spongy and leathery. Dried mushrooms may be added directly to stews, soups, vegetables, and sauces. They will reconstitute in cooking. To Reconstitute: Pour ¼ cup hot water over ¼ cup dried mushrooms in narrow, high walled container. Soak 20 to 30 minutes or longer, until soft, adding more water if needed. Yield: About ⅓ cup mushrooms. Cook by usual methods. Slices: Cut clean, dry mushrooms in ¼ inch thick slices. Place on trays. Dry about 3 or 4 hours. To check dryness and reconstitute, use same procedure as for whole mushrooms. From: Food Drying at Home, The Natural Way ISBN:0-312-905467 Shared by: Pat Stockett Submitted By PAT STOCKETT On 04-25-95

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