The Only Guide You Need To Re-Hydrate Mushrooms!
So you’ve got some dried mushrooms (maybe they’re wild foraged) and you aren’t sure how to properly re-hydrate mushrooms – so you can cook with them. This guide is designed to teach you how to rehydrate and use this umami-packed ingredient.
What you will learn in the mushroom re-hydrating guide:
- How To Quickly and Effectively Re-Hydrate Dried Mushrooms
- What To Do With Your Re Hydrated Mushrooms
- Tips To Elevate The Flavour of Dried Mushrooms
- Other Methods of Re-Hydrating
- Storing Dried Mushrooms
Quick, Easy Method To Re-Hydrate Mushrooms
Use this simple method to re-hydrate mushrooms – any type of dried mushroom will work.
Step 1) Boil The Water
For every cup of dried mushrooms – boil two cups of water. Bring the water to a boil using a kettle or pot. When the water starts to boil, turn off the heat.
Step 2) Re-Hydrate Mushrooms
Wait two minutes for the boiling water to settle. During this time, place your dried mushrooms into a bowl. Now, quickly pour the hot water into the bowl and wait 10 minutes. This is how easy it is to re-hydrate mushrooms.
Step 3) Strain The Water
Once your mushrooms are fully re-hydrated, they will plump like those growing dinosaur eggs we used to love. Using a fork or tongs, remove the mushrooms and place them onto a dry towel to remove excess moisture on the surface.
Step 4) A Liquid Bonus
We scooped the mushrooms out of the liquid rather than pouring it down the drain because the leftover water can be used for many things. It’s packed with mushroom flavour. So go ahead – make gravy! (or mushroom soup)
What Can You Do With Rehydrated Mushrooms?
Packed With Flavor
Dried mushrooms have been referred to as “Nature’s Stock Cube,” and they live up to that name in my books. But there is some science behind this – and the drying process can enhance some flavours and create new ones that aren’t present in their fresh counterparts. (incredible – I know, right?)
Interested In The Science Behind This? Click here to watch a video.
Sauté To Perfection
Once you’ve successfully re-hydrated your mushrooms using this easy guide, it’s time to cook them until they are golden brown and crispy. Yes – I mean sauté them in your choice of cooking oil. (butter, olive oil, coconut oil) TIP: Try grape-seed oil for a slightly crispier finish.
I’m sure you make a mean mushroom risotto. Well – even if you haven’t before, you will now. (because you have mushrooms to add to it) Not just any mushrooms, umami-packed mushrooms that will impress your dinner guests.
Using your rehydrated mushrooms in a casserole is a no-brainer. Baked and stewed with other fresh ingredients – how can you go wrong? (you can’t)
There’s no better taste than a char-broiled mushroom on the BBQ. Marinade your re-hydrated mushrooms in your choice of marinade sauce – or make your own. Once grilled, you’ll want to reach out and personally thank me.
Elevating The Flavor Of Re-Hydrated Mushrooms
Let’s take our re-hydrating mushrooms game to the next level. With a dash of this, sprinkle of that – you can up your cooking game. (official gourmet status)
Add A Splash of Red Wine
Do you have a bottle of red wine opened? (of course – we all do) Even if you don’t, here’s the perfect excuse to crack one. A splash of red wine, while your mushrooms do a hot water soak at the spa, can do wonders.
Let me reiterate – it’s for the mushrooms.
They will fully absorb whatever you put into the water at this point. Be careful not to overdo it – too much wine can give you a bad hangover. (that’s for you)
Sprinkle In Your Favourite Seasonings
The perfect time to season is right when you re-hydrate mushrooms. Add your seasonings to the bowl with your dried mushrooms before adding the hot water. All this great flavour will be absorbed right into your meal.
If you plan on barbecuing or roasting your mushrooms in the oven, you’ll want to marinade them. Place your re-hydrated mushrooms into a bowl with marinade sauce and give a couple of hours to soak it all in.
Other Ways To Re hydrate Mushrooms
If the food you’re making has a naturally high moisture content (soup, pasta sauce, curry, etc.), you can throw it right into your recipe.
Tip: Add dried mushrooms for soups, pasta sauces, and curries!
The mushrooms will re-hydrate while the rest of the food is cooking. So easy to do – all you need is dried mushrooms.
So remember, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Just throw them in!
Try Making This Soup With Foraged Chanterelles – Click For Recipe
Drying and Storing Your Mushrooms for Long Periods of Time
There are many reasons to dry a mushroom. One of the biggest reasons people dry mushrooms is because they can then be stored for long periods. (like really long)
All you need are some fresh mushrooms. Grown by you, from the grocery store or picked by an expert from the wild. It doesn’t really matter. Those mushrooms can be dehydrated and stored in airtight containers for several years without any spoilage.
The key to storing dried mushrooms is to ensure they are totally dry. The acceptable moisture content of dried mushrooms is between 7-15%. There are a few ways of achieving this.
Place your fresh mushrooms into the dehydrator on racks so they have adequate spacing around them. Dehydrate them at 90C for 12-24 hours until crispy. Turn off the dehydrator and allow the mushrooms to “sweat” for a couple of hours, and turn on the dehydrator again for 1-2 hours until crispy.
Your mushrooms are now fully dehydrated and ready to store long-term.
If you don’t have a dehydrator, here’s how to dry your mushrooms for a longer shelf life. Spread them out on a baking sheet and place them into the oven. Set it to warm and leave the door cracked. Monitor your mushrooms (turning them if necessary) and remove them from the oven when they become brittle and easy to break apart.
TIP: With either method, a “snap test” must be done to ensure that your mushrooms are dry all through. To do a snap test, take a mushroom (preferably one of the bigger ones) and break it apart with your hands. Inspect the inside of the stems for moisture – if detected, they will need more drying.
Proper Mushroom Storage
Storing your mushrooms requires two things – dry mushrooms and an airtight container. A desiccant can also be used for storage and is a good idea if you plan on keeping them until the zombie apocalypse. (mushrooms are the perfect food for this btw)
Place your dried mushrooms into your airtight container and seal it. Now, just put it away in a cool, dark place until the end of time. (seriously, are you keeping them that long?)
Closing Thoughts & Opinions
From what I have seen, many people are unsure what to do with dried mushrooms. This is a bit of a shame for some of the reasons I have discussed in this article. I mean, there’s the flavours, the ease-of-use and the fact that you can store them for years on end.
People who want to elevate their cooking to gourmet status should seriously consider these methods. You can forage your mushrooms (dehydrate them) and use them in your recipes.
Caution: Only forage mushrooms if you know what you are doing, have an expert helping you, or own a mushroom identification guide not written by AI. Eating the wrong mushroom can have deadly results, so please use extreme caution.
No matter how you slice it – there’s a mushroom for everything. So, thanks for taking the time to read this guide about how to re-hydrate mushrooms. I hope it was informative and valuable for you.