I don’t care for the flabby texture of the large slices either.I don't know about the dried mushrooms. I tried them once, years ago, and they were rubbery. Didn't like the texture.
I run through them with a chef’s knife before rehydrating them so they shatter into small pieces and powder.
The mushrooms disappear into whatever I’m making but add a great deal of flavor to soups and sauces.