Dried Oyster Mushrooms (1 oz)
Often found growing in large over-lapping rows like tiles on a roof, oyster mushrooms, are named for their oyster-like shape. The oyster mushroom's flesh has a mild, pleasantly mushroomy flavor, and they are delicious sautéed or in soups and sauces.
This pleasingly flavorful fungus can be used, fresh or dried, in any recipe that calls for mushrooms.
Reconstituting Dried Mushrooms
There's no great mystery to using dried mushrooms. In fact, reconstituting dried mushrooms is a very simple process.
As a rule of thumb, dried mushrooms will reconstitute to 6 - 8 times their dry weight.
Just follow these easy steps:
1. Place your mushrooms in a bowl large enough to accommodate all of them. Remember, dried mushrooms will reconstitute to 6 - 8 times their dry weight.
2. Cover them with warm water, wine or stock.
3. Let them sit in the liquid for 15 - 20 minutes. Gradually, they will absorb the moisture and "plump out."
4. Drain the mushrooms in a colander; be sure to reserve the flavorful soaking liquid for use in stocks, soups or sauces. Strain or carefully "decant" the mushroom liquid to avoid any remaining sediment or grit.
5. Chop or slice your mushrooms and use in your favorite recipe!