FAQ: Dried Mushrooms

  • What type of mushrooms are used for drying?
    • Shiitake is one of the most popular, versatile and economical.
  • How do dried mushrooms differ from fresh?
    • The flavor of dried mushrooms is slightly more concentrated than the fresh kind.
  • What is the best way to store dried mushrooms?
    • The best way to store dried mushrooms is in a jar or airtight plastic bag in the fridge.
  • How long can one keep dried mushrooms?
    • One can keep dried mushrooms for a few months.
  • Can one use dried mushrooms in any recipe that uses mushrooms?
    • Most recipes, especially those that require chopped mushrooms.
  • How does one hydrate dried mushrooms?
    • The best way to hydrate dried mushrooms is to put them in a bowl, pour boiling water on them, submerging them and let them stand for 20 – 30 minutes. Drain and use as directed.
  • Can one use the soaking liquid after draining the mushrooms?
    • Yes, the soaking water can be used as stock in sauces, stews, pasta, soups, and more.
  • Can one freeze dried mushrooms after one hydrates them?
    • It would be best to first use them in a recipe and freeze the dish.
  • How can one use dried mushrooms?
    • Pretty much in any type of sauce, gravy, casserole.
  • What is an ‘umami flavor’ that recipes refer to?
  • ‘ Umami refers to a certain earthy taste that reminds one of monosodium glutamate.
  • Are dried shiitake mushrooms good for you?
    • Shiitake mushrooms have diverse health benefits. Compounds in shiitake may help fight cancer, boost immunity, and support heart health. Mushrooms can also lower cholesterol.