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Old 04-22-2010, 10:01 AM   #11
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The dried oyster mushrooms I bought in the Asian grocery don't look like scallops or like Andy's picture. They are light tan, thin (1/4 inch or so) and some are the size of my palm, others are broken pieces.

I pick oyster mushrooms here in Missouri--if you wander the woods, they appear at random times--even in midwinter, if it is wet enough and the temperature stays above freezing for a couple of days.
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Old 04-22-2010, 10:29 AM   #12
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There is a difference between Oyster and King oyster mushrooms.

The first picture is of Oyster Mushrooms

The second picture is of King Oyster Mushrooms
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oops, thanks andy. i was getting enoki mushrooms confused with the regular oyster. i see now what big daddy meant about them.

sparrowgrass, how big were the caps?

did they possibly look like this?

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Old 04-22-2010, 11:56 AM   #14
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I didn't have time earlier to find my source for the picture I posted here of the "smooshed" (lol) scored mushrooms but here it is:

Click on this link and then scroll down:

The Chubby Vegetarian: Search results for king oyster mushrooms

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Old 04-22-2010, 12:36 PM   #15
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thanks very much mollyanne! karma on it's way.

is see that they suggest cutting the stem into rounds to simulate scallops.

i guess i'm going to do a few things with them. some sauteed, some grilled, some in soup, and possibly some panko fried.
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thanks very much mollyanne! karma on it's way.

is see that they suggest cutting the stem into rounds to simulate scallops.

i guess i'm going to do a few things with them. some sauteed, some grilled, some in soup, and possibly some panko fried.
Reading mollyanne's link tells me that they might be too chewy for a straight saute.
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Old 04-22-2010, 12:52 PM   #17
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yeah, i figured a sear with aromatics, then into the slow cooker for a braise, then reducing the liquid to make a sauce. i'll play it by ear.

too bad i don't have wood ears.
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...too bad i don't have wood ears.
If you did have wood ears, I'd warn you to stay away from beavers.
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Old 04-23-2010, 09:34 AM   #19
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This isn't the brand I bought, but that is what they look like. Range in size from little pieces to 3 inches or so.

As a mushroom hunter, I would say these are more mature versions of your lovely fresh ones.
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