Ok, dried mushrooms may NOT exactly save the world but it’s a start! What do I mean by that? Well, if you are like me, and you want to do your best to have your family prepared in case of disaster (i.e. ice storm, earthquake, flood, evacuation, pandemic, tornado, nuclear war, etc.), then food is probably the first thing that comes to mind. In this crazy world we live in there are disasters happening constantly and although there’s no way to prepare for every scenario, every little bit does help.
It’s not easy to try to prep when you are barely making it week to week, day to day, as it is. Groceries are not getting any cheaper, nor is anything else. I get that, believe me. There are little things you can do, though, that can make a big difference for your family.
I am a sucker for a deal, I’ll admit it. Sometimes, though, I may pass up a good deal without even realizing it because I don’t see it’s potential. Today I will tell you about one of those “deals” that I love.
One of the grocery stores I frequent (there are only 3 in our little town) regularly marks produce down. Sometimes I get lucky and I catch a mark down I can’t resist. However, marked down produce is produce that needs to be used or stored quickly. In the past, I have grabbed up marked down veggies, only to throw them away a few days later. So, not only am I NOT saving any money, I’m wasting it! Not cool!
Well, now I have a beautiful plan for my fab finds- my dehydrator! I don’t have one of those fancy schmancy dehydrators (yet) but the one I have has been invaluable. I managed to get it for $20 on clearance. Yay me!
Now, I don’t recommend dehydrating all of your “getting close to expiring” veggies. With dehydrating, usually fresher is better. But, I make exceptions for peppers, herbs, mushrooms, spinach, and probably a few others I can’t think of right this minute.
Today, I am going to tell you how I dry mushrooms. 🙂
First, a pic of my beautiful find; three containers of button mushrooms for 99 cents each! I absolutely love mushrooms and I cook with them all the time so this was especially exciting for me.
Also, this is post-rinse. You should wait to rinse mushrooms until you’re ready to do whatever you’re going to do with them. Aren’t they beautiful? LOL
Step 2; slice them, pretty self-explanatory 😉
Step 3: place them in a single layer on your dehydrator trays:
Step 3: turn on your dehydrator
Step 4: wait…. wait… and wait
Of course, with my dehydrator, I have to shuffle the trays once in a while to help make sure everything gets good and dry.
Also, sometimes with mushrooms you will get what’s called “case hardening”. This is where the outside is dry but some moisture gets sealed inside. Once you’ve used your dehydrator a few times you learn to recognize this. Personally I dry my stuff until it’s crispy. But, if you do notice some case hardening, especially on your thicker slices, just poke it with a toothpick to allow the moisture out and the air in.
Step 5: when your mushrooms are nice and dry, put them in jars or bags, or whatever you would like and you have your shelf-stable mushrooms!
Just remember, if you plan to use your mushrooms in a recipe, it is a good idea to rehydrate them for a few minutes before you put them in. It’s not absolutely necessary if your recipe has plenty of liquid but I prefer it.
Here are some of my dried mushrooms getting rehydrated because they have a hot date with some eggs and cheese in a little bit. 🙂
By J ❤