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Morel mushrooms are dehydrated to extend shelf life and preserve their flavor. And this is a popular method too.
Morel mushroom is a sought-after delicacy in the world culinary industry, is in high demand all over the world and is a nutritious food.
By dehydrating morel mushrooms, you can enjoy their true flavor and aroma year-round.
So let’s find out how you can dehydrate morel mushrooms. Follow its description step by step.
Required Materials to dehydrate morel mushrooms
1. Fresh Morel Mushrooms: Pick some mushrooms that are fresh and insect free.
2. Knife: A knife is needed to slice the mushrooms evenly.
3. Dehydrator: You will need an electric dehydrator to properly preserve the mushrooms.
4. Lemon juice: You can use it if you want. This will help your mushrooms retain their color.
- First, clean the mushrooms well, so that there is no dirt, insects in them. But don’t wash the mushrooms.
- Finely chop the morel mushrooms with a knife. Slice them 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick for maximum benefits.
- At this stage, if you want your mushrooms to retain their true color, soak the mushroom chunks in a solution of water and lemon juice for a few seconds. Mix lemon juice and water – 1 tablespoon of lemon juice per cup of water.
- Remove from the mixture and pat the morel mushrooms dry with a towel.
- Then place the morel slices flat on the dehydrated tray. Keep them in such a way that there is some space between them.
- Now set the temperature on your dehydrator. Morel mushrooms should be dehydrated at low temperatures as mushrooms dried at low temperatures retain both their aroma and flavor better. Ideally, your set temperature should be between 125-135 degrees on the Fahrenheit scale and 50-57 degrees on the Celsius scale.
- Dehydrate the mushrooms arranged in a dehydrate tray for 8-12 hours. Adjust the time based on your slice. Mushrooms will be crisp and brittle when properly dehydrated.
- Allow the dried morels to cool to normal room temperature during this step. Then store the cooled morels in an airtight container such as a glass jar or vacuum sealed bag. Keep them in a cool, dark place away from sunlight.
Benefits of Dehydrated Morel Mushrooms
Dehydrate morel mushrooms can maintain their flavor, ease of storage, proper functionality.
In this way, the true taste of mushrooms can be enjoyed throughout the year.
Label your containers with the dehydration date to monitor the freshness of your morels.
Soak dried morels in hot water for at least 20-30 minutes to rehydrate them.
You can add your dehydrated mushrooms to a variety of dishes – soups, sauces, risottos and more. And you can enjoy the correct and original taste and aroma from morel mushrooms preserved in this way.
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