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Old 01-20-2008, 12:55 PM   #1
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Question about dried shiitake mushrooms

Hi, all. To get more protein, I want to start having miso soup for breakfast. I bought some dried shiitake mushrooms, but I don't always have time to rehydrate them to make soup in the morning. Can I rehydrate them the night before and keep them in the fridge overnight? Even better , can I make a week's worth of miso soup at the beginning of the week and heat it up every morning? Here's the recipe I'm using (and adapting somewhat): http://steamykitchen.com/blog/2007/0...ute-miso-soup/

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Old 01-20-2008, 12:59 PM   #2
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I'd make it twice a week and just heat up portions. Seven day old soup may not be a great idea.
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Old 01-20-2008, 01:09 PM   #3
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The flavor of miso soup changes after a day of cooling and reheating. It's so quick to make, just make it fresh every day.
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Old 01-20-2008, 01:18 PM   #4
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Thanks, I'll try harder to make it every day. GB, I should have said, this is for the work week - you're right, week-old soup probably is not a good idea

What about the dried shiitakes? Can I rehydrate them in advance? Thanks.
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Old 01-20-2008, 01:26 PM   #5
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Yes, sure you can rehydrate them in advance, GG. Keep them in the fridge.

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Old 01-20-2008, 01:32 PM   #6
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I'd find a better way to get protein in my breakfast. 1 cup of miso soup has about 2-1/2 grams of protein, while a bowl of oatmeal has 7.
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Old 01-20-2008, 11:15 PM   #7
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If you have an Asian grocery market in your area, see if they have the
SLICED dehydrated shiitakes. They rehydrate in literally seconds in hot water!

And the liquid left over is a superb mushroom broth!
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I use the dried sliced shitake all the time and you're right, Grilling Fool, they soften very easily and are great in soups, casseroles, etc.
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Old 01-21-2008, 01:32 AM   #9
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All of the dried shitake that I have come across tend to be very overpowering if you just follow the instructions for re-hydrating them.

You CAN soak them overnight, but I would suggest that you soak and drain them several times, not just once or twice.
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Old 01-21-2008, 08:55 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the replies. I did get the sliced dried shiitakes, and the miso, tofu and rice noodles, from a Japanese grocery store. Caine, thanks for the suggestion, but due to a chronic digestive disorder and a stricture (narrowed spot) in my bowel, I'm on a low-fiber diet. High fiber could cause a blockage and emergency surgery for me, so I have to watch that carefully.

Apparently, shiitakes have significant amounts of protein and iron, which I also need, so adding them boosts the nutritional value of miso soup: WHFoods: Mushrooms, shiitake
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