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Old 01-31-2008, 10:12 PM   #1
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Freezing mushrooms

Can fresh mushrooms be frozen?

If so, do they need to be cooked first?

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Old 01-31-2008, 10:29 PM   #2
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The National Center for Home Food Preservation has the how-to on Freezing Mushrooms.
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Old 02-01-2008, 12:01 AM   #3
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Old 02-01-2008, 07:02 AM   #4
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yes, they need to be cooked before freezing, if you want to keep them for longer than a few days in the freezer. I have both sauteed them and steam blanched for 3 minutes. I prefer the steam blanching. It keeps them in their individual pieces and can easily be removed from the freezer bag as needed.
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Old 02-01-2008, 10:16 AM   #5
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Drying mushrooms is an easy way to keep them. Just lay them out in a single layer on a towel or cooling rack, and turn them once in a while so both sides get exposure to the air. Especially easy this time of year, when the forced air heat dries the air out, but it is more tricky when the humidity is really high.

I do this when I pick more oyster or morel mushrooms than I can eat or when I go the mushroom farm up the road and buy more button mushrooms than I should.
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Old 02-01-2008, 11:52 PM   #6
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freezing mushrooms

The mushrooms that I freeze around here are the oak stump mushrooms gathered in the fall. I get plenty (sometimes a couple bushels) so I just wash them , and pack them in plastic freezer bags. When I thaw them, I just lest them drain, and then sautee them in butter and olive oil until the moisture is out and then add garlic, fresh ground pepper, and some red pepper flakes. They are really good and surely easier to get then those elusive morels around here.
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Old 02-02-2008, 01:48 AM   #7
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Timely post, wife has been bugging me about going Morel hunting (whenever that season starts) and wants to dry or preserve them so we can have them after the season ends. I don't know if she has looked this up or not, I haven't LOL.
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Old 02-02-2008, 10:14 AM   #8
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morels

good luck finding enough to dry or freeze. Those babies are elusive and unless you're having great luck or know what you're doing, your chances are slim to none.
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Old 02-02-2008, 10:18 AM   #9
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She is on a garden group, and one of them lives south of us and goes Morel hunting every year. She invited us on a hunt, and I do think she told my wife a good place to look is under elms. Probably what makes it hard to find, but her friend did say she manages to get a pretty good batch every year.
We will see, might turn out to be another fad the wife gets into then abandons.
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Old 02-02-2008, 02:09 PM   #10
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hunting the elusive

Well, I'm surprised someone will let you come with them. Veteran hunters hardly ever let other people know where they look. Another place that's usually got morels is in an old apple orchard.
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