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Dehydrating: An Underrated Prepping Tool.

Mushroom Dehydration. Let’s say cruising thru a grocery store and.....bam! Amazing deal on your favorite vegetable. My choice is the super versatile mushroom. Now normally you would only purchase enough for a few days.(Mushrooms do not always hold up that well!) But a deal like this there is no way you can not bulk buy.   

Cremini mushrooms

  You get home and begin unpacking pounds of mushrooms. You stop. Do you call yourself crazy? Wasteful? What will I ever do with all of these mushrooms?  You can sauté them or grill them. Well you might as well make a red wine mushroom sauce for that steak you purchased too!   You can do all that, but you will still have a ton of mushrooms left over

Mushrooms

Here is your only good option. Mushroom Dehydration ! Oh yes, something you normally might not think of. Something only a prepper would do? Something that is perfect for this exact situation! As a result you will forever change the way you look at mushrooms. 

And from this point on your thought process has been changed when looking at all produce.  Because the truth is there are many different types of produce you can dehydrate.

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Bananas
  • Cherries
  • Coconuts
  • Currants
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Nectarines
  • Papayas
  • Peaches
  • Pears 
  • Pineapples
  • Plums

  But for now, we will focus on Mushrooms.   Dehydrated mushrooms or Mushroom Dehydration can last up to 1 year packed in a plastic bag. Always keep in a dry and cool area.  Personally, I reuse empty food containers. Something like a peanut butter jar is perfect for this.  Just run the container thru your dishwasher first before using.

  I also like to pack any of my dehydrated foods with desiccants. Desiccants are moisture absorbers generally made from clay. They are food safe and non-toxic. This is a great way to ensure you have no moisture for long term storage.

Mushroom Dehydrating recipe

  • Clean mushroom to remove and dirt. You can do this under cold water or in a colander
  • Dry mushrooms
  • Use a Kitchen Knifeand a Cutting Board to slice the mushrooms in half or in 3rds. (This will depend on how big they are.) Best practice is to keep them as uniform as you can
  • Place mushrooms on your Dehydrator racks and make sure to leave space between them for airflow
  • Set your food Dehydrator to about 130 deg. The dehydration should take between 4-8 hours. (This will depend on how much moisture is on the mushrooms.)
  • You can also use an oven, Toaster Oven or Air Fryer.  Place mushrooms on a Rack or Baking Sheet and set your over to 150 deg.  Because of the higher temperature drying time will be less. 
  • In an oven check your mushrooms every 45min-1 hour. Flip mushrooms as needed
  • Mushrooms will be done once the mushrooms are crunchy and have almost no weight to them.
After Mushroom Dehydrating

Remember to store your mushrooms in plastic bags or a jar.  Place in a cool, dry area or in a freezer. They should last about a year or longer.

Store your mushrooms in plastic bags or a jar.  Place in a cool, dry area or in a freezer. They should last about a year or longer.

Rehydrate mushrooms can be reconstituted and rehydrated.  Just soak them in a cold or hot water for about 10-30 minutes.  Mushrooms will produce a dark, rich broth. Use this flavored liquid for soup stocks and sauces.

Dehydrated mushrooms can be used in soups, sauces, Rice dishes such as risotto and much more

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