How-To: Reconstitute Dried Mushrooms

Follow these simple steps to reconstitute the beautiful mushrooms for this week’s risotto.

Dried wild mushrooms

Medium saucepan
Handheld strainer
2-3 cups warm water, stock or wine

1. Place mushrooms in a medium saucepan. (Dried mushrooms will reconstitute to 6-8 times their dry weight.)

2. Cover mushrooms with warm water, stock or wine. Bring to a boil, then turn off heat. Allow to soak in liquid for at least 15-20 minutes; gradually the mushrooms will begin to soak in moisture and plump.

3. Drain mushrooms of liquid with the strainer. Reserve the flavorful soaking liquid for use in soup, stocks and more! Briefly sauté the reconstituted mushrooms in a little butter or olive oil, add a splash of white wine if desired, add salt and pepper to taste, and then use according to your recipe.

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