Our home mushroom growing attempts have not been successful. Yet, wild mushrooms so very well! Which got us to thinking that maybe we should learn something about mushroom identification.
After one of our rainy spells, we found this next to the driveway. . .
This is Hen of the Woods; kin to Chicken of the Woods but not as colorful. I gathered some for dinner.
I sliced them up
and sauteed them in olive oil.
They had a good flavor, but they weren’t as tender as the button mushroom I buy at the grocery store.
Then we had another hot dry spell and no more mushrooms until it rained again. This same patch of hen of the woods grew back.
This time, I decided to dehydrate them and make mushroom powder.
I harvested about one pound and put them in the dehydrator at the vegetable setting.
By the end of the afternoon they were crispy dry. Then I powdered them in the blender.
One pound fresh filled about a third of a pint jar. So it would take about three pounds of mushrooms for a pint of mushroom powder. If I find more, I’ll make more.
|Mushroom powder with a few flakes.|
Not exactly an appealing color, but it smells really good. I’ll use it in gravies and soups this winter.
Anyone else foraging fall mushrooms?
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