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Preparing dried mushrooms for risotto [duplicate]

I plan to cook a basic mushroom risotto. However, the supermarket near us did not have shitake or any other uncanned mushrooms, they only had dried ones. My question is, do I just remove the stem and ...
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How to stop mushrooms from discoloring everything?

A few times in the past week, I've cut up a few mushrooms (I'm pretty sure they're button) and sauteed or fried them with a few other ingredients for dinner. I absolutely love the taste and the ...
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Edible Mushrooms [closed]

Does anyone know if these mushrooms, that are growing in my back yard, (see picture) are edible?
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Deep-Frying stuffed mushrooms?

I got stuffed mushrooms at the butcher's today with minced meat inside them. Would it be a good idea to deep-fry them; and if so on how many degrees would you do so? Thanks for your help!
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Mushroom substitutes

I use mushrooms mainly to bulk up food, for example, I add them to cottage pie, lasagne, etc.. and they can turn 1lb of minced into 1.5lb. Also, I particularly like venison stew (which seems to ...
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Are Devil’s Cigar mushrooms poisonous?

My dad has this mushroom growing on his land, in large quantities. He is curious if these are poisonous to humans, as he is interested in cooking them. He commented that he has seen some that look to ...
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What is the difference between saute and caramelizing toppings?

I'm a huge fan of cooking up grilled onions, peppers, mushrooms, and many other toppings. When I worked at a local sub shop I was always the one volunteering to grill up some onions and saute the ...
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Cold stuffed mushrooms?

I was planning on making some stuffed mushrooms for a halloween party at work (I am going as Mario), however there aren't any suitable ovens at work and my commute is long and in the early AM so they ...
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Are chestnut mushrooms and baby portabella mushrooms the same thing?

Based on the information in Wikipedia - Chestnut Mushrooms and the answer located here at What are the mushrooms used in this (video) recipe? I would take an educated guess that since the chestnut ...
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Why does cooking mushrooms longer alter the taste so much?

When pan frying sliced regular white mushrooms, I prefer to cook them on high-heat with a generous amount of EVO until they shrivel up quite a bit and become golden brown in color. This is opposed as ...
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How to grill portabello mushrooms properly

Recently my girlfriend and I tried grilling (over an open flame, like BBQ) some portabello mushrooms for burgers. We failed miserably :( The mushrooms were soggy and raw at first. After grilling them ...
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Saving spoiling mushrooms?

Are there any recipes specially for mushrooms that are on their way out, like making banana bread from over-ripe bananas?
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Why do mushrooms freeze in fridge at temps above freezing?

I noticed mushrooms freeze in my fridge when nothing else does. Can anybody explain the phenomenon?
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How long will vacuum-packed truffle last in the fridge?

I have a vacuum-packed truffle in the fridge since a few weeks now. The mushroom was fresh when it has been vacuum-packed. Does anyone know how long will it last? Is it still ok to eat it? It looks ...
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How common are worms in dried mushrooms?

I was excited to try cooking with dried mushrooms until I saw some comments from people who found (many) dried worms mixed in with their dried mushrooms. How common is this?
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What differences are there between reconstituted dried mushrooms and fresh?

I'm new to the idea of cooking with dried (reconstituted) mushrooms and am wondering how they would differ from fresh when cooked. Specifically, is the texture noticeably different? What types of ...
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Approximating dried mushroom texture without

For yet another variation on using dried/fresh mushrooms, I would like to know how to approximate the texture of dried mushrooms using fresh. My intent is to make a leek-miso soup and I would like to ...
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Substituting for Madeira wine in a mushroom stuffed with sausage recipe

The recipe calls for Madeira but I am thinking about using another wine. My choices are: Pernod, Calvados, pinneau du Terrier or dry sherry. What does anyone recommend on this subject?
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Mushroom replacement in Beef Wellington

I saw a great recipe for Beef Wellington on Serious Eats that I'm eager to try. However, my roommate does not eat mushrooms (both because he dislikes the flavor and because he had a bad experience as ...
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Substituting fresh shitake mushrooms for dried

My question is exactly the reverse of this one: Substituting Dried Shiitake Mushrooms for Fresh I have a recipe for vegetarian gravy which calls for 8 dried shitake mushrooms, but I only have fresh ...
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How to properly sauté mushrooms so that they don't release water?

Every time I try to sauté mushrooms, they release so much water I end up with a puddle. This, from what I gather, is not the intended effect - they should be slightly browned but dry. Any tips on how ...
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Over cooking shiitake mushrooms?

I eat Asian cuisine a lot but I've started to use shiitake mushrooms in the stead of just about anything else because I think they're delicious. I've had them in vinaigrettes, caramelizing with ...
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How long do you have to cook wild morel mushrooms for them to be safe?

I have recently been given some wild black morel mushrooms. I know that you aren't supposed to eat them raw, as they contain toxins which must be cooked out (at least now I know that... good thing I ...
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Can I fry my frozen Maitake pieces with other fresh mushrooms?

I was given a bag of frozen Maitake pieces and read online that they are best cooked without prior defrosting. Can I throw into the skillet a handful of fresh shitake or oyster after awhile?
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Why should dried mushrooms be soaked in warm water?

I was looking at some recipes online that included dried mushrooms (mostly porcini). All those recipes and this question mention soaking them in warm water. Why warm water? Would there be a ...
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Why are these mushroom stems leaving a long, skinny fiber behind on the cap?

I was pulling the stems out of some mushroom caps today - we save the stems and make broth out of them - when I discovered that some stems weren't coming out all the way. Have a look: Mushroom ...
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Storing cut button mushrooms vs whole button mushrooms

Do cut buttons mushrooms have a tendency to spoil more quickly than whole button mushrooms? Also, what are signs that a button mushroom has gone bad ? Just curious about this.
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What should I know about the peels of raw fruit and vegetables?

I've not been paying much attention to what I ate, but now I have just become a vegetarian and want to try eating much more raw foods. I know that in many fruit and vegetables, most of the important ...
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How to prepare chanterelles?

I always find myself buying chanterelles because I really like them when I eat them somewhere where the chef knew what he/she was doing. I always end up with an inedible mess -- or at least something ...
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What kind of mushroom goes well with Tandoori Chicken on a pizza?

I was thinking of making a pizza with the following ingredients which I found on reddit.com. I'm looking for a dream team of herbs, spices and mushrooms to complete this. Sun dried tomato and ...
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Substituting Dried Shiitake Mushrooms for Fresh

I have a recipe that calls for 12 oz of fresh Shiitake mushrooms. Due to cost and availability concerns, I decided to get dried instead, figuring I would be able to find information about how to ...
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Appropriate way to thaw mushrooms

I've put a package of sliced mushrooms in the freezer for few days. I plan to use in a vegetable stir fry. What is the appropriate way to thaw the mushrooms?
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Can you start a small mushroom farm at home without using commercial start-up kits? [closed]

Does anyone have any info on starting a small household mushroom farm in a little converted tool shed to grow a variety of mushrooms without using the commercial box start-up kits?
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Herbs and spices that complement cream of mushroom soup [closed]

On Monday I will be making cream of mushroom Soup at school and I would like to make it the best possible. I will be making a mushroom stock as its base. Are there any specific herbs and spices that ...
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What should I look out for when cooking with truffles?

My birthday is coming up, and we saw some black truffles at Whole Foods, so we thought it was time to try cooking with this rather expensive ingredient. I've never cooked with truffles before, and ...
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Condensed cream of mushroom over chicken and rice

I was thinking about doing a baked dish with chicen and rice covered with a can of cream of mushroom soup. I'd like some advice. I was just planning on kinda winging it by cooking some rice, putting ...
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Are European white truffles significantly superior in flavour to those from North America?

There is a rumour that white truffles harvested in Europe by pigs or dogs are much better in terms of flavour than those from North America, hence the reason for the higher price of European white ...
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How can I avoid from turning mushrooms brown while freezing it?

When you freeze mushrooms they will turn brown. You can't keep them for long time in the fridge though. On the other hand I can't buy it everyday! I love mushrooms in anything and I want to have some ...
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How to work with Dried Mushrooms?

I was recently given a bag of dried mushrooms and am unsure how to work with them. What's the best way to use them?
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How do I get rid the yellow layer of oil that forms in my cream of mushroom soup?

When making cream of mushroom, I sauté the chopped up wild mushrooms with unsalted butter until tender and add a little olive oil. After a while, I add the milk, cream, bay leaves and season it to ...
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What does “crowding mushrooms” mean?

I heard on a film the other day that you shouldn't crowd mushrooms when cooking them? What does this mean and how do you avoid doing it?
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Is there a significant difference in flavor between black and white truffles?

I've tried both black and white truffles on separate occasions, but never side by side. Is there a meaningful difference between the two as far as flavor is concerned?
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How should I sautee Portobello Mushrooms?

I frequently use Protobello's in a stir fry or pasta dish as a meat substitute. I find that they absorb a significant amount of oil if I put it in the frying pan. However, if I don't use enough oil, ...
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How to properly store mushrooms

I recently bought some mushrooms from the farmers market and have kept them in a brown paper bag on top of the fridge. 4 days later, they have started to have a slight odor between a mixture of dirt ...
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Is there an inexpensive substitute for truffles?

I recently had a hamburger whose main ingredient was Truffle shavings ($50.00 btw) - I loved the flavor, but can't afford to buy the real ones, any substitutions with similar flavor?
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What are the mushrooms used in this (video) recipe?

On this video of a recipe for mushroom-onion pudding, I can't seem to recognize which mushrooms are used (at about 2:20 in the video). What is the name of these big mushrooms?
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How can I tell if a mushroom is poisonous?

Assume I have found and want to eat a to me unknown kind of mushroom. Is there some way to find out if that mushroom is poisonous by looking/smelling/soaking it?
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Can mushrooms be re-heated safely?

What happens inside mushrooms when you reheat them? Is it always unsafe to reheat them or is there something you can do to safely reheat them?
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Crispy stir-fried mushrooms

How do you prepare mushroom pepper fry? I wanted it to be crispy, but the mushroom itself was generating lot of water. Any suggestions would be helpful.
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What heat & fat do you use for fried mushrooms?

I like fried mushrooms with my steak. What techniques should I use when cooking them? What sort of fat (if required) should I use? What heat is suggested?