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Old May 17, 2011, 11:15 am   #11
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Re: Dehydration Help

I agree with you, Frank. Cut them in half and dry/dehydrate as is. Another issue with washing/soaking and then dehydrating is that you're going to wash/soak them again when you rehydrate, so you're handling them a lot more and they can be fragile. A lot of the bugs and stuff will fall off in the dehydrating process and then the rest will be cleaned during the rehydrating process. It's a lot of extra work to wash them twice for little gain, in my opinion.

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Old May 17, 2011, 4:59 pm   #12
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If I find them up north, either black or white, I just brush the noticible dirt off with a small paint brush, cut them in half and put them in the dehydrator. Northern morels are generally bug free, and have better flavor than those from S.E. MI.
If I find them in the southeast part of the state, they are MUCH more likely to have bugs and dirt ground in, so I fill a sink with water (no salt, why use salt?) and process them one at a time, rinsing each indivitually if there was anything (dirt or bugs) inside.
Brandon, whites around here frequently have slimy slugs inside them - I never dry them whole. Plus, they sometimes look OK on the outside but have rust on the inside. I discard these. Also, sometimes a white morel will turn almost black when you dehydrate it - these go in the trash too.
Finally, make sure the dehydrator is on the low setting (100 degrees max), you do not want to fry them while you're drying them.
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Old May 17, 2011, 11:36 pm   #13
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Re: Dehydration Help

i air dry mine by stringing them on thread or fish line. i hang them in the least used room in the house to help keep the dust down on them. when they have hung for a long while then i put them in mason jars. i throw in a couple beef bullion cubes wrapped. to rehydrate i desolve the bullion cubes in extra warm water then submerge the morels in it. i use a plate to hold them under. gives great flavor to any dish using this method i never have been one who likes the fast method of dehydrating anything.
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Old May 18, 2011, 4:18 am   #14
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Re: Dehydration Help

This is a good thread. It may just end up in the Helpful Bag of Stuff forum.
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