In gastronomy you can also find Dried Mushrooms. Here in Italy we mainly use dried porcini or mixed mushrooms, but generally speaking there sre dried shiitake mushrooms, straw mushrooms, morel mushrooms… basically any sort of mushroom.
Drying process is not that difficult, and you can easily make your own dried mushrooms at home. After choosing your mushrooms, you need to clean them with a brush or some dry cloth. To speed up the process, you can cut your mushrooms into pieces (the bigger the mushrooms, the longer they will take to dry out. Preheat the oven at 65°C, place them on an oven tray, in one layer, but without overlapping them, and let them dry in the oven for about 1 hour. Turn the mushrooms upside-down, blot any moisture they may have released, and put back in the oven for 1 more hour, or untill completely dried. In case they have released more moisture, turn them over again, blot and put back in the oven. Then, let fully cool down before storing in air-tight containers.
You can use Dried Mushrooms to make many delicious recipes, such as soups, risottos, pasta dishes, but also, for example, stew turkey with mushrooms, or baked rice.
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