How to Properly Dry or Dehydrate Mushrooms
As a national suppliers of mushrooms, people eagerly turn to us for all the best advice about their favorite fungi.One of the most commonly asked questions is how to dehydrate mushrooms— and we understand why you’re curious.Dried mushrooms are a great alternative to fresh mushrooms since they last a long time in your pantry and are packed with nutritional value. Plus, there’s no need to worry about losing flavor in the dehydrating process; some mushrooms even gain a more concentrated taste. Their robust flavor and extended shelf life make dried mushrooms the perfect ingredient in many recipes!
Check your mushrooms’ freshness.You might think you can save your slimy mushrooms by drying them out, but that’s not the case. Just like freezing meat beyond its shelf life won’t fix the fact that the food has gone bad, dehydrating mushrooms when they’re past their shelf life won’t save them either.
Clean your fresh mushrooms.Before sticking your mushrooms in the dehydrator, you’ll want to make sure they’re properly cleaned.Wipe your fungi off with a damp paper towel; do not put them in a bowl under running water! Curious as to why we’re telling you to not run your mushrooms underwater? They’re quite porous and can swell when engulfed in liquid.
Properly slice your mushrooms. Sticking whole mushrooms or Portabella caps in your dehydrator will not allow for your fungi to properly dry. The mass will be too dense and will likely never dehydrate completely unless you keep it in the machine for a long while; in which case you risk compromising your dehydrated mushrooms quality and food safety.