Cleaning and cooking morel mushrooms

As we know morel mushrooms are tasty and nutrient rich, you must have experienced, the tricky part is cleaning them. We have some easy ways to clean them and some awesome recipes to prepare them.

Cleaning morel mushrooms

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There are usually these three methods of cleaning the morel mushrooms; keep under running water, soak them in saline solution or brush them with paper towels. I think that merely brushing them with paper towels is not sufficient. This method would help in removing the dirt on the outside, dirt and bugs inside will not come out this way.

You can keep them under water, not for long or they will get soggy. If you wish to keep them in a saline solution, make sure that the quantity of salt you add to water does not affect the taste of the mushrooms. Remove them from the salty water, rinse them and pat dry them.

Tips to prepare morel mushrooms

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It is very common to discover bugs inside these mushrooms as they grow in the wild. Cutting them vertically before cooking them will help us remove the dirt or bugs that might have remained inside.

It is advisable to clean them a little before you want to cook them, so that they remain firm. Using fewer spices in cooking morel mushrooms will give you a distinct taste of the mushrooms. You can always dry these mushrooms and preserve for use later. You can rehydrate them anytime later and make a tasty dish. Merely soaking them in lukewarm water for fifteen minutes will rehydrate them.

Simple and quick recipes

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  • Fried flour coated morels

You need morel mushrooms, flour ½ cup and butter 3 tbsp. Coat the morels in flour, melt the butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Fry the morels in the pan until they are golden brown. Remove from pan and serve hot.

  • Garlic sauté morels

You require just three ingredients for this recipe too; morels, minced garlic and olive oil 2 tbsp. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, when the oil is warm enough add the minced garlic to it. Ensure that the garlic doesn’t burn; usually it would take 2-3 minutes to cook them. Add the morels to the frying pan and sauté them for a good 5-7 minutes. When they are golden brown, remove them for the pan and serve hot.

Morel mushrooms are a good source of vitamin D, iron and B vitamins. Clean them thoroughly and prepare mouth-watering dishes to give you good health.

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