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Old 07-16-2011, 07:52 PM   #1
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Mushroom disaster!!



I'm looking for sympathy.......I brought home a LOT of expensive dried Porchini mushrooms from Italy and discovered they are full of Italian "critters".

Like most everybody, I've had to throw out flour and grains with bugs and have learned to keep them in the freezer but I never gave the mushrooms a thought. That's about the most expensive food mistake I've ever made, and I sure can't return them.
Having a hissy fit.........
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Old 07-16-2011, 07:55 PM   #2
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Are you having your hissy fit inside or outside?
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Old 07-16-2011, 08:01 PM   #3
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Yikes! Sympathies! What kind of critters? Do they have an accent?

I would be POed too!

Can you soak them in vinegar? Microwave, then rinse? Really, really well.
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Oh, yucky. Stupid critters.
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Are you having your hissy fit inside or outside?
I'm going to remember that one.
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Old 07-16-2011, 08:12 PM   #6
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My grandparents used to dry mushrooms by stringing them over their wood / coal burning kitchen stove. It was not uncommon to hear a hissing sound if a worm or two fell out of a drying mushroom.
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Have you already thrown them away? If not, there must be a way to salvage them.

Gack, I too would be furious. Especially at the price.
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Old 07-16-2011, 08:28 PM   #8
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Kayele,
My m-i-l always had dried mushrooms. She would put them into a coffee can along with dry bay leaves and a hand full of peppercorns. No critters when we used them. I will say that pocrcini's are very sandy so when I rehydrate them I like to use the broth to make my gravy brown and not red but I pass the broth through cheese cloth that I've doubled and that catches the grit.
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Old 07-16-2011, 08:38 PM   #9
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It is a shame to waste them.

They might make a nice gift to someone on your sssssshhhhhhhhhort list
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Broccoli is famous for having worms in it. If it is soaked in a water bath with a lot of salt the worms, die the veggies can then be extracted from the water. You could probably do this with the mushrooms too.
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