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Posted on February 16, 2012 by Charles Parson

mushroomsLearn how to get the most out of the wild, edible mushrooms, which you have gathered outdoors.

Mushrooms such as chanterelles and boletus, which can be picked in the wild is great in a variety of dishes. Try to serve them in sauces, in casseroles, in stews and soups. Wild mushrooms are also great with pasta just quickly cook some in your Pasta Boat and add some mushrooms and you’re good to go. Or if you want it to be simple, you can just cook them in a little butter and eat them on some good bread.

Daniel Petersen, which since 2001 has been chairman of the Society for Promotion of Knowledge about Mushrooms, advise that you do not add ingredients that are too strong in flavor when you cook with mushrooms, if you want to make sure to preserve the mushrooms’ taste as it can easily be masked.

“Be careful with seasoning. Not too much pepper, thyme and rosemary, just a little too much and you cannot taste the mushrooms anymore because most of them have a mild flavor, “says Daniel Petersen.

Mushroom experts also warned that adding ingredients such as smoked bacon, which often included in the mushroom dishes, is often not a good idea. Although smoked bacon tastes great, you run risk that it’s the only thing you can taste.

Great taste variation

He explains that different mushrooms are used very differently, which he has plucked from the wild and that it all depends on the individual’s taste.

“That’s what’s so special about wild mushrooms. They taste very differently. Much more differently than, say apples, which can be either acidic or sweet. There are some that are suitable to cook in the pan and eat on a piece of bread, while others should preferably have a bit of cream to draw the flavor out, “he says.

He adds that some of the edible wild mushrooms do not have much flavor and most eaten because they have a nice texture. When you cook these mushrooms you can then add other ingredients to give the right flavor.

Dry the mushrooms

If you come home with more mushrooms than you can eat in a few days then you can choose to dry the mushrooms and then use a blender to make them into mushroom powder. This mushroom powder is especially good to add to dishes with mushrooms that do not taste like much.

“You can also use it in sauces and in everything else,” adds Daniel Petersen.

If you are not accustomed to cooking with wild mushrooms, there are a few precautions you should take before you put your teeth into them. The FDA advises that you always start with a small portion of a new edible fungus, as symptoms of a possible allergic reaction decreases. Moreover, one should not eat wild mushrooms raw, only use fresh mushrooms for cooking and any remains should be refrigerated immediately.

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