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Old May 21, 2009, 10:40 pm   #1
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dehydrating question

this year i' decided to dehydrate some of my mushrooms to see how they compare with freezing.
a couple of questions though.do they usually turn very dark in color and,how should i store them.
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Old May 21, 2009, 10:47 pm   #2
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Jeff, they normally will darken on dehydration,but do not soak them in water before dehydrating or they wiil get really dark,mike
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Old May 21, 2009, 11:36 pm   #3
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i didn't soak them but i was surprised at how dark they got.how should i store them?
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Old May 22, 2009, 12:31 am   #4
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I go to my favorite watering hole and have them save me the gallon PLASTIC jars that pickled bologna and such comes in. You want plastic in case they get dropped . If glass is used , you'll end up loosing the whole batch because of glass splinters.
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Old May 22, 2009, 2:36 am   #5
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Re: dehydrating question

Jeffmo,
I did some testing for my own curiosity several years back, on methods for storing dried morels.



After drying, I stored them in various ways.
  1. Paper bags and folded over twice, but not sealed or taped.
  2. Vacuum sealer packed.
  3. Zip Lock bags
  4. Plastic jars. (mayonnaise & peanut butter jars)
  5. Glass canning jars.
  6. Even one batch in a small loose woven Burlap Bag.
For the next 3 years, I sampled some each year, from each storage method.

How long do they last? Don't know for sure.
But I just finished up the last of 2002 - 2004, last year and they were just fine after 5 to 6 years in storage.

I've heard of people stringing them on thread and leaving them hang in the house until they want to use them. I believe that would work too.
But not in my house. After a few months they would taste like cigarette butts. LOL

This was definitely not a scientific study.
I did no testing of weight, moisture content at intervals of storage. None of that stuff. I was just a new hunter who was wondering about why this person said to store them such & such, and another said the opposite. This inept testing cured my curiosity to my satisfaction anyway.

My conclusions:
I could find no major differences between any of them, other than the ones stored in paper or burlap seemed to have a little bit stronger flavor. (that's a plus in my opinion LOL)

They all re-hydrated well and I found no mold at all even on the ones stored in paper or burlap.

I think about the only thing to watch for, is that you do not store them in a damp area. Dampness will invite mold.
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Old May 22, 2009, 10:07 am   #6
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I get my large Prezel Jars from friends and neighbors that shop at Sams-Club or Costco, they work fine for me.
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Old May 22, 2009, 3:22 pm   #7
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well i finished them up last night.i decided to use a canning jar to store them in.we'll see how well it works out.i have a few pics from the trip this year,didn't do quite as well this year but did manage some decent pics.i'll post them this weekend
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Re: dehydrating question

Jeff,

You will do well with canning jars. They work for me.

And, yes many different mushrooms darken. I have found that morels especially darken with dehydration. I just dehydrated oysters for the first time and they have stayed very light; same has been true with shaggy parasols and hens.

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Canning jars are fine for a hand full of this or that. How many canning jars would you need for, lets say 100 lbs of hens???? I'll take those big pretzel jars. Bigger IS Better.
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Old May 23, 2009, 5:54 am   #10
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Leonard, you are the only guy I know who worrys about having a 100 plus lbs of hens to store. LOL To the Hen Master!

Hey Leonard, what do you do with a hundred lbs of tomato's? Canning jars, right? LOL
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