After watching any movie that includes the world’s demise, my Mom has been known to go a little crazy at Super-Walmarts and camping stores buying up survival kits and massive amount of water bottles. I must have inherited some of this paranoia because sometimes I stay up at night wondering if a Zombie apocalypse will be coming and how would I survive it. On my personal Pinterest account, I have a whole board dedicated to survival. One of my main concerns, other than safety from the brain eating monsters, is how would I store and cook food in the future. Once I figure out how to dry out my mushrooms for longer storage, I now know how to bring them back to an edible texture and bring forth all their nutrients from their dormant state.
Rehydrating mushrooms, especially the shiitake mushroom, will give off a strong aroma of earthiness in your house. Now if you are into that whole dirt smelling deal, kudos to you. I was not a fan but I was still glad to learn this skill of bringing mushrooms back to life for consumption. Whether you are just curious on how to plump back your dried mushrooms or you are training in survival cooking, here is a how-to blog post for you 🙂
- Dried Mushrooms (quantity irrelevant)
- Water (enough to cover the mushrooms)
Step 1: Place dried mushrooms in a bowl.
Step 2: Fill bowl with water. Place a plate over mushrooms to ensure all of them are getting soaked. Depending on the temperature of the water will affect the taste of the mushrooms and time needed to soak. I will give you some options.
Option A) Soak in cold water for 1-2 hours or overnight. This method will retain the most flavor.
Option B) Soak in warm water for 30-45 minutes. A quicker method and retains more flavor than if you were to use hot water.
Option C) Best for a time crunch, soak mushrooms in hot water for 15-30 minutes.
Step 3: Using a slotted spoon, take out mushrooms from water and squeeze to remove excess water.
*You can save the mushroom water in the bowl to use in a soup or stew. I would sieve it with a cheese cloth to remove any grit left from the mushrooms.
Step 4: Eat and Enjoy!