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Old 12-19-2012, 08:51 AM   #1
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Recipe calls for "exotic mushroom blend"

I have a recipe for green beans with mushrooms and it calls for "3/4 pound exotic mushroom blend." I don't do a lot of cooking with mushrooms... what would I be looking for? At my store, they have regular looking mushrooms (both whole and sliced), portobello (both of those in packages) and then some other assorted mushrooms in bins that you put into bags yourself (I can't remember exactly what types, I think shitaake was one, maybe oyster was another).

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Old 12-19-2012, 09:04 AM   #2
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You can use any mix of mushrooms you like. Some varieties, like shiitake, chanterelle, or oyster, are considered more "exotic" (and more expensive) and have more flavor than plain old button mushrooms.

Don't spend a fortune, though. If I'm making something like what you describe - especially for a crowd - I would use half buttons and half more exotic types.
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:17 AM   #3
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My store, which is not known for carrying a wide variety of anything, actually has packages of exotic mushroom blend. I've also seen it labeled as stir-fry blend. They are a mixture of dried mushrooms which need reconstituted. They are in the produce section.
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My store, which is not known for carrying a wide variety of anything, actually has packages of exotic mushroom blend. I've also seen it labeled as stir-fry blend. They are a mixture of dried mushrooms which need reconstituted. They are in the produce section.
I get something like that at Costco. It's labelled, wild mushroom blend.
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:46 AM   #5
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That is the one I use. They are a staple in my kitchen.
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:46 AM   #6
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My store, which is not known for carrying a wide variety of anything, actually has packages of exotic mushroom blend. I've also seen it labeled as stir-fry blend. They are a mixture of dried mushrooms which need reconstituted. They are in the produce section.
What steps would need to be taken before using them in the recipe, if they are dried?
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:56 AM   #7
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What steps would need to be taken before using them in the recipe, if they are dried?
If they're going into a stew or braise where there is plenty of liquid and cooking time, just toss them into the pot. The liquid in the pot will rehydrate them. Depending on size, you may want to break them up into smaller pieces.

For other types of dishes, they should be rehydrated first. Boil some water and add the dry mushrooms. Cover and let them sit in the water for 20-30 minutes. Then remove them from the water an chop to size. The water also has lots of flavor from the mushrooms so you can use that too.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:08 AM   #8
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And for reference; 1oz of dried = 8oz of fresh.
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And for reference; 1oz of dried = 8oz of fresh.
I was just about to ask that Thanks
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i like to keep packages of the dried wild mushroom blend on hand so that i'm never totally without mushrooms, ever. i don't actually cook with my dried mushrooms, very often, however-- not sure why that is. but, i always look forward to the delicious mushroom broth they provide. :)
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