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Old 11-01-2010, 02:39 AM   #1
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Dry Mushrooms

I have a one lb jar of dry mushrooms. I know I can wash them and throw them in some pasta sauce and they will be fine.

Is there a way to reconstitute them and sauté them? I find that if I soak them for 20 minutes, as per instructions, they usually have some hard bits and they are far too wet to sauté.

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I have a one lb jar of dry mushrooms. I know I can wash them and throw them in some pasta sauce and they will be fine.

Is there a way to reconstitute them and sauté them? I find that if I soak them for 20 minutes, as per instructions, they usually have some hard bits and they are far too wet to sauté.
I use a lot of dried porchini, if I want to add flavor to ordinary saute mushrooms, I chop the porchini very finely and add. Saute on their own, I have never tried.
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Old 11-01-2010, 09:16 AM   #3
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Washed, reconstituted, and drained dried mushrooms make a good ingredient in many soups. The soaking water is flavorful and should be filtered before using.
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Most recipes I've seen using dried mushrooms include the soaking water, just as Bill says above.

You should be able to use a salad spinner on them or just press dry on clean tea or paper towels.
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Old 11-01-2010, 12:10 PM   #5
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Dried mushrooms are great for mushroom soup, or other soupd but not for sautéing.
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Washed, reconstituted, and drained dried mushrooms make a good ingredient in many soups. The soaking water is flavorful and should be filtered before using.
I have used the soaking water in the past. Why should it be filtered?
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Old 11-01-2010, 01:28 PM   #7
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Grit that washes off the dried mushrooms.
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Grit that washes off the dried mushrooms.
Okay then. I guess a good rinse and then use a fine strainer for the soaking water, should do it.
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I don't filter the water, but I do make sure not to pour the grit in the bottom of the bowl into the dish I am making. Just pour slowly, and stop when there is just a little liquid left.
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I trim and toss the tougher parts of dried mushrooms which have been reconstituted in water for an hour or more. Try drinking it; it has a lot of flavor.
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