There is an increasing demand for different species of edible mushrooms for use in cooking. Nowadays we can find a great variety of fresh edible mushrooms, both wild mushrooms and cultivated mushrooms. But it must be taken into account that fresh mushrooms have a very short life
Therefore, an increasingly used option is the use of canned mushrooms and dried or dehydrated mushrooms, since these have a shelf life that can exceed 2 years. This means that today we can enjoy a large number of edible mushroom species all year round.
If you are interested in buying dried mushrooms, we recommend our section of gourmet edible mushrooms and truffles, where you will find both canned mushrooms, flour and dried mushrooms and many more products.
When to use dried or dehydrated mushrooms?
Dried or dehydrated mushrooms can be used in any dish or stew. Once rehydrated, they bring the flavor of each species of edible mushrooms to our dishes.
You can use dried or canned mushrooms in soups, rice and pasta dishes, add them directly to meat and fish stews, in casseroles, as a garnish for dishes or to dress sauces. They fit perfectly and the possibilities are endless!
How many dried mushrooms should I use?
In addition, cooking with dried mushrooms means a saving compared to fresh mushrooms, since apart from having a lower price, a quantity of 10 g of dried mushrooms is equivalent to 100 g of fresh mushrooms. And if we talk about the flavor contribution of dried mushrooms, this is equivalent to an even greater amount.
Cooking with mushrooms, in most cases, is more a matter of adding flavor to the stews than of quantity. A small portion of dehydrated mushrooms will be enough to bring their flavor to our dishes
Dehydrated mushrooms are a healthy and completely natural food. No additives or preservatives are used, only fresh dried mushrooms in a natural way.
Looking for dried mushrooms for cooking? Try one of our 21 varieties of dried mushrooms
Nutritional value of fresh and dried mushrooms (approximate figures)
- Water: 90 %- Proteins: 1,5-3,5 %- Fats: 0,3 - 0,4 %- Carbohydrates: 40 -60 %- Fiber 1-1,5 %
- Proteins: 15-35 %- Fats: 3-4 %- Carbohydrates: 40-60 %- Fiber: 10-15 %
How to rehydrate dried mushrooms?
Rehydrating dried mushrooms is a very simple process, suitable for anyone. It does not matter the type of edible mushroom to rehydrate since the process is always the same and will only vary in time depending on the texture we want to achieve or the type of stew
To rehydrate dried mushrooms we can use either warm or lukewarm water, although we recommend warm water as it will speed up the process.
For it we will heat water in a proportion of 4 times of water for 1 of mushrooms. We will take it to boil and we will extinguish the fire. We will introduce the dehydrated mushrooms inside the container with water so that they rehydrate and infuse and we will leave them without covering.
We can also rehydrate them by steaming or adding them directly to the stews. This will depend on the type of dish we are preparing.
How long should I rehydrate the mushrooms?
The rehydration time will vary between 25and 2:00 h. It will depend on the consistency of the edible mushrooms and fungi, whether they are firmer or softer.
After this time, strain the mushrooms and let them drain for a few minutes. You will see that the edible mushrooms have increased in size considerably. Once drained, they can be used in the same way as fresh mushrooms.
Mushrooms and mushrooms do not contain salt, so during the rehydration process, it is a good time to add the salt we want. Just add it and the edible mushrooms will absorb it easily.
We can also rehydrate the dried mushrooms with other types of liquids, to give them different textures and flavors. Thus we can use besides water, milk, wine, cava, liquors, ...
It is important not to discard the water or liquid resulting from the rehydration of the dehydrated mushrooms and boletus because besides multiple nutrients it contributes an exceptional flavor to our plates.
In the gourmet store of La Casa de las Setas we have more than 16 species of dried mushrooms, both wild and cultivated. You can even find reishi or ganoderma ready to make infusions or species of mushrooms with therapeutic properties such as shiitake!
What varieties of dried mushrooms can I buy?
Our dried mushrooms are available in the following varieties:
- ORONJA, OU DE REIG (Amanita caesarea)- SUN MUSHROOM (Agaricus blazei murrill)- BOLETUS (Boletus edulis) - PARIS MUSHROOM (Agaricus bitorquis)- GURUMELO (Amanita ponderosa)- OIL MUSHROOM (Pleurotus eryngii) - MIXED MUSHROOM MIX - MAITAKEKE (Grifola frondosa)- HONEYBUD (Morchella conica) - MARZUELO (Hygrophorus marzuolus)- COWS TONGUE (Hydnum repandum)- PERRECHICO (Calocybe gambosa) - PLEUROTUS (Pleurotus ostreatus) - REBOZUELO (Cantharellus cibarius) - REISHI (Ganoderma lucidum) for infusions - NISCALUS (Lactarius deliciosus) - RUSSULA (Russula virescens) - SENDERILLA (Marasmius oreades) - SHIITAKE WHOLE or LAMINATED (Lentinus edodes) - TROMPETA (Lentinus edodes) - TROMPETA YELLOW TRUMPET (Cantharellus lutescens) - GRAY TRUMPET (Cantharellus tubaeformis)
Each of our varieties of dried mushrooms comes in different formats and sizes. We also have larger sizes exclusively for the catering industry. If you are interested, ask us!!!!