Wild Morels: Preservation Care and Cooking
Did you know what is Morels If you did not know I hope will make some search for wild Morels?
If you have found a pile of mushrooms, you may be wondering what to do with them.
If so keep reading to learn about how to clean, preserve, and prepare these delicious wild mushrooms.
Cleaning Wild Morels Mushrooms
Tiny insects love to hide in the Morel’s cap, so if you are like me and prefer more mainstream sources of protein, you will want to get rid of the bugs. The first thing I do is to give each mushroom a good rinse under cold water to get rid of any obvious dirt, debris, or critters.
- After rinsing, cut each mushroom in half lengthwise and place in a large bowl.
- Cover sliced Morels with cold water(Do Not Add Salt)
- Place a plate on top of the mushrooms to keep them below the surface of the water.
- Let your bowl of mushrooms stand in the refrigerator for several hours; this will drive out any remaining critters that may be lurking in the recesses of the Morel’s cap.
- Remove the Morels from the refrigerator and transfer to a colander and give them a final rinse under cold water
Now nicely cleaned and free from wildlife, your Morel mushrooms are ready to use in your favorite recipe.
Best Methods For Preserving Wild Morels
Preserving Your Wild Morels
Naturally, you will want to gorge yourself as much as possible on fresh wild Morels while they are in season. However, iIf you do hit the Morel mother lode and have more mushrooms than you can eat right away, you may wish to consider storing some for future use. Dried or frozen Morels can provide a much-needed taste of spring in the dead of winter. There are a couple of different methods available for preserving wild Morels.
- Clean mushrooms and slice in 1/2 lengthwise 1/4’s for the larger ones
- Pat dry
- Place Morel slices on baking sheet making sure they don’t touch
- Place in freezer until mushroom slices are frozen solid
- Transfer frozen mushrooms to a heavy duty freezer bag
- Return to freezer until ready to thaw and use.
If you have a food dehydrator, it is a simple matter to dry your morels.
- Simply dry the Morel mushrooms following your dehydrator’s instructions.
- Once your mushrooms are completely dry place them in a zip lock bag or other air tight canister
- Store in a cool dry place.
If you don’t have a food dehydrator, you can air dry your Morels.
- String your mushrooms through the base of the stem using a needle and thread.
- Once you have your Morels strung, hang them in a warm, dry place until they are completely dry. (I hang them on nails from the rafters in my attic.)
- Once mushrooms dry. You have to store them in an airtight container until you are ready to use.
Properly stored dried Morels will last indefinitely. When you want to use your dried Morels. Simply rehydrate in water and prepare as your favorite Morel recipe calls for.
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Wild Morel Mushroom Recipes
Cooking Wild Morels
Wild Morels have a delicious, but gentle nutty, earthy flavor that needs no fancy preparation. In my opinion, the best recipe for Morel mushrooms is the simplest.
This is My Favorite Morel Recipe:
- After rinsing Pat mushrooms dry
- In a saute pan over medium heat melt 2 tbsp butter with a 1/4 tsp crushed garlic
- When the butter is melted add Morel mushrooms
- Add salt and pepper to taste
- Saute gently for 5 to 7 mins
- Alternatively, you can dust your Morels lightly with flour before cooking
Prepared this way Morels are an excellent accompaniment to any entree. I especially enjoy Morels with wild game like Venison tenderloins.
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Wild Morels and Asparagus
Wild Morels and Asparagus
- 1 lb. Asparagus
- 1 lb. Wild Morel Mushrooms
- 2 Tbsp. Butter
1. Slice 1 lb. of clean, fresh Morel mushrooms in half (1/4’s for larger mushrooms)
2. Trim tough bottoms off Asparagus
3. In a large saute pan melt butter over medium-high heat
4. Add mushrooms cook for 3mins. Or until Morels begin to release their liquid.
5. Add Asparagus and cover and cook until al dente approx. 3mins.
6. Remove cover and stir gently until liquids are reduced.
7. Add Salt & Pepper to taste
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