Dried Morel Mushrooms: Top Tips for Preparing and Cooking Them
How To Prepare Dried Morels
Eating healthier is something a lot of people strive for—and with 76% of American consumers saying they buy and eat organic food for the health benefits, it's no surprise that more people are consuming organic fruits and vegetables. OK, while mushrooms are not vegetables (they are a fungus), they do offer some amazing health benefits and a great taste. One such fungus that has really gained popularity in recent years, is morel mushrooms. So if you're exploring cooking with dried morel mushrooms, let's take a look at a few tips to keep in mind.
Tips for Using Dried Morels
1.) Use Fresh Herbs To Brighten Your Morel Dish:
Try adding fresh herbs. Fresh herbs such as thyme, basil, chervil, chopped garlic, and shallots all go great with morel mushrooms, or any mushroom in general. They also compliment the earthy and meaty flavors of morels adding a touch of freshness to your recipe.
2.) Slice, Chop, or Leave Your Rehydrated Mushrooms Whole:
When your mushrooms are ready to be cooked, one way to serve them is to slice them, lengthwise, with a sharp knife. Slicing dried mushrooms will help them cook more evenly and give you a chance to make sure there is no dirt inside. Of course, you can always cut them, or not cut them in any way you prefer—quarters or smaller chunks may be better for your particular situation. Always reference the recipe you’re using to decide on if you should serve the mushrooms whole, chop, dice, slice, or even puree them.
3.) Keep The Rehydration Liquid As Broth:
When you soak or cook the mushrooms in either hot or cool water, they are going to produce a nice, dark broth. Do not dump this broth! This flavorful broth can be used in a variety of recipes, possibly even the one you're cooking with mushrooms. It also can be used as a base for other vegetable soups or you can freeze it and use it for other recipes later on. However, the flavor the mushrooms give the broth is going to be quite earthy, so make sure you're using a recipe with ingredients and organic spices that can work well with the flavor.
If you're just starting to buy dried morel mushrooms, you may feel hesitant to cook with them and use them—but with these simple starter tips, you'll be on your way to enjoying your cooked mushrooms in delicious recipes in no time.