Among the most flavorful mushrooms are truffles, morels, chanterelle, and porcini. Buy porcini to keep them available in your pantry year round, so you have them when needed. But not just normal dried porcini, once reconstituted, Freeze-Dried Porcini are the next best thing to fresh. Unlike conventionally dried Porcini, which take 15-20 minutes to soak, these freeze-dried mushrooms almost immediately take in moisture. Arguably better than frozen in texture and flavor, these mushrooms can even be seared.
Buy Porcini Mushrooms for an added taste in soups, stuffing, and sauces. You can even sear them on the grill for ultimate flavor. For a quick amazing pasta, simmer these porcini in butter and cream with parmigiano cheese. Then, pour over Spinosi Papardelle.
Tip: 1.5 oz. of freeze-dried mushrooms equals about 12 oz. of fresh.
About Freese-Dried Porcini Mushrooms
Boletus edulis is well suited to drying—its flavor intensifies, it is easily reconstituted, and its resulting texture is pleasant. Reconstitution is done by soaking in hot, but not boiling, water for about twenty minutes; the water used is infused with the mushroom aroma, and it, too, can be used in subsequent cooking. Dried porcini have more protein than most other commonly consumed vegetables apart from soybeans. Some of this content is indigestible, though digestibility is improved with cooking.
Like other boletes, porcini can be dried by being strung separately on twine and hung close to the ceiling of a kitchen. Alternatively, the mushrooms can be dried by cleaning with a brush (washing is not recommended), and then placing them in a wicker basket or bamboo steamer on top of a boiler or hot water tank. Another method is drying in an oven at 25 to 30 °C (77 to 86 °F) for two to three hours, then increasing the temperature to 50 °C (122 °F) until crisp or brittle. Once dry, they are kept in an airtight jar. Importantly for commercial production, porcini retains their flavor after industrial preparation in a pressure cooker or after canning or bottling, and thus, they are useful for manufacturers of soups or stews. The addition of a few pieces of dried porcino can significantly add to flavor, and they are a major ingredient of the pasta sauce known as carrettiere (carter’s sauce).
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