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How to saute dried and fresh mushrooms together?

I would .. hydrate the dried mushrooms in enough near-boiling water to cover, plus a bit, for as long as you like. Lift the mushrooms out and reserve the soaking liquor. Sauté the soaked mushrooms ...
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Imitating the flavour of canned cream of mushroom soup

What you are describing as a "mushroom" flavor is most likely umami, loosely translated as "savory". It is a flavor that comes from glutamates, which are found in foods like meat, ...
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Are the stems of rehydrated dried Shiitake usable?

If they are so tough that they are unable to be cut, or unpleasant to eat, I use them in stocks and soups (they would have to be removed before serving).
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Is it safe to not wash mushrooms?

Alton Brown, Harold McGee, Robert Wolke, and Kenji Lopez Alt have all tested washing mushrooms by weighing them pre and post wash, and found they absorb an insignificant amount of water that does not ...
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Is the water released from mushrooms during stir-frying edible?

The water from cooking mushrooms is good for flavour. When making vegetarian pasta sauces, I often add mushrooms and their cooking water to the sauce, for example. These get well-fried, but not ...
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Should I cook mushrooms on low or high heat in order to get the most flavour?

I am with Bon Appetit on this one, or even more extreme - I always pan-fry mushrooms on the highest heat setting. For me, the keys for nice, browned mushrooms on a domestic stove are: Use very high ...
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How to clean mushrooms?

It's important to note that wash or no wash, mushrooms themselves already have a high water content so their ability to absorb more water is limited. Estimates I've found put the range between 75-90% ...
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How do I prepare ash bolete mushrooms for recipes?

Every experienced forager knows that the first steps of preparation happen already at the place where you found the mushrooms. Most of what’s listed below is general advice for mushroom foraging, as ...
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Are these mushrooms still edible?

No - not edible, is the only responsible answer to this question. From the given information and photo, it's impossible for someone on these message boards to positively identify what you have. The ...
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Should I cook mushrooms on low or high heat in order to get the most flavour?

While I often cook mushrooms the way @rumtscho does, I wouldn't discount the advice of Harold McGee (refer to top right, p. 346). If you are looking to maximize flavor, it might be worth ...
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Cooked or raw mushrooms on pizza?

Short answer: It Depends. Long Answer: You are correct that the decision on precooking mushrooms before putting them on pizza is about controlling moisture. For some hefty mushrooms like ...
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Is it safe to use raw mushrooms to flavor a broth?

In Norway lots of people still pick their own mushrooms and the Norwegian safety rules for mushrooms picked in the wild do not apply to Champignons you buy in a supermarket in 99.99999% of all cases. ¹...
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How can I tell if a mushroom is poisonous?

There is no general rule for all poisonous or non-poisonous mushrooms. The way you tell is you learn what each particular edible mushroom looks like, and how to tell it apart from any and all similar-...
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How to saute dried and fresh mushrooms together?

Realize that the flavor of dried mushroom is different from fresh. You will probably use less, depending on the mushroom. However, to answer your question specifically, rehydrate first.
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Should I fry mushooms before adding to a red meat sauce?

You are right on track with pre-cooking/frying the mushrooms instead of dumping them just into the dish. I think they benefit greatly from it, especially flavor-wise, which gets a lot more ...
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Am I cooking mushrooms wrong?

There's nothing wrong with the way you cooked those mushrooms, you fried them to give them some color and seasoned them, which is perfectly fine. You didn't mess them up, you just don't like them. No ...
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Are cremini mushrooms and chestnut mushrooms the same thing?

Possibly. The fungus Agaricus bisporus goes by many names. There seem to be (at least) two cultivars, one of which is white when immature, and the other brown. When immature and white, this mushroom ...
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Why are mushrooms safe for everyone to touch at the supermarket?

A major reason produce can be sold loose without tongs is that you're supposed to wash it just before preparing it anyway. You couldn't wash your baked goods. How effective this washing is, is of ...
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Why should or shouldn't I peel button mushrooms?

I only peel my wild mushrooms if they say to peel them in the field guide, otherwise I leave them as is.
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Can I use Portobello Mushrooms in Lasagna?

The simple answer is Yes. Of course you can use Portobello in your lasagna. You can dice them up and add them to your sauce, no problem at all. If that is the end product you want then you should ...
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What is the purpose of heavy cream in a mushroom duxelle?

The heavy cream is basically protein and fat, with some water which you're cooking off. I think the cream is there to bind, as the mushrooms will probably not quite "stick" well enough. It also adds ...
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Why do turkey tail mushroom experts say to tear up the turkey tail, and not powder it?

We have a few Q/As about cinnamon in liquids ([1], [2] et al.) that can help answer your question: If you grind the mushrooms to a powder, it will form a sludge in hot water that is nearly impossible ...
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How can I preserve mushrooms for a long time?

You cannot preserve them without a change in taste and color. Freezing is the best you will get, and the changes you desecribe are normal. You can also dehydrate or pressure can them, but they will be ...
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Is this the centre of the stem of a mushroom or different kind of mushroom?

This does look like the centre of the stem. Often when I separate the stems from the heads, the centre of the stem would stay attached to the head, It looks just like this. In any case, if you're ...
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Is there a difference between brown and white champignons?

Check this site: What’s the difference between cremini and white mushrooms? Brown(Baby Bella or Cremini) mushrooms have earthier flavor than the whites, you could use them based on your dishes' ...
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Is the water released from mushrooms during stir-frying edible?

Some of the water may hail from the tap water + salt that I cleaned the mushrooms with. True. But depending on where you are, if your tap water is safe to drink after boiling, then it wouldn't be a ...
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Imitating the flavour of canned cream of mushroom soup

A number of years ago I had access to literally a ton¹ of fresh mushrooms (the common grocery store type) and I set about trying to duplicate Campbell's cream of mushroom soup. I landed on a very ...
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Are whole dried Shiitake sufficient for complete flavour extraction in my stock, or should I cut them to increase surface area?

Are whole dried Shiitake sufficient for complete flavour extraction in my stock Of course! Don't bother cutting them up, as that would make them prone to releasing too much of their flavor long ...
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Is it safe to not wash mushrooms?

Most mushrooms are not grown in manure but rather in dirt under a layer of peat moss. Mushrooms consist mostly of water so rinsing them quickly and drying with paper towel will not change the flavor ...
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Mushroom replacement in Beef Wellington

I've used both haggis and black pudding as an alternative to duxelle. Obviously they both change the nature of the dish and is a bit of a faff to prepare (particularly the black pudding) but the ...
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