Porcini mushrooms....dried vs fresh

Can someone explain why you would purchase dried porcini mushrooms over fresh? Is the effort worth the payoff?

  • Posted by: skittle
  • January 21, 2012
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KimW
KimW January 21, 2012

Fresh porcini mushrooms are hard to find and they don't last long. If you can find them and use them that day it is amazing!

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jmburns
jmburns January 21, 2012

I agree with Kim fresh are like hens teeth around where I live. I have been very happy with the dried. Mushroom are one of the few items the reconstitute well after drying.

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Chrissylrat
Chrissylrat January 21, 2012

I have been very happy with dried porcini bought in bulk online. Reconstitute in hot water, strain and use the broth in a savory sauce or as liquid for risotto.

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boulangere
boulangere January 21, 2012

I agree with all of the above. I love the intense, smoky flavor of dried porcinis. When reconstituted in hot water, the soaking liquid is as valuable in terms of flavor as the mushrooms.

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nonreactivepan
nonreactivepan January 21, 2012

you can also buy frozen porcini mushrooms from some grocers (I get mine here in sf http://store.farwestfungi.com/). once roasted to defrost, these taste amazing in place of the dried ones. but, i do use the dried ones reconstituted in red or white wine and they are awesome.

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