Period-appropriate trekking superfood: Dried Mushrooms



Moderators: caedmon, Greg

User avatar
SierraStrider
Silent Watcher over the Peaceful Lands
Posts: 111
Joined: Mon Jun 13, 2016 8:54 pm
Location: California

Period-appropriate trekking superfood: Dried Mushrooms

Postby SierraStrider » Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:52 pm

I'm always experimenting with new foods for the trail, and on a recent trip I brought along an ingredient I've been wanting to try for a while: dried mushrooms.

It went better than I had hoped.

First, the (somewhat) bad: dried mushrooms don't reconstitute perfectly. They never seem to puff back up to the same texture as fresh mushrooms, no matter how long you simmer them for.

The rest is all good. From a nutritional standpoint, they're phenomenal. Depending on the variety, they're almost half protein by weight, have a reasonable amount of dietary fiber, and come in at around 3½ Calories/gram.

From a culinary perspective, they're also very, very good. They're perfect in soups, but if used in another manner then the water used to reconstitute them can be drunk with a little salt as a delicious broth or tea.

Overall, this strikes me as a fantastic addition to anyone's ration bag. Enjoy!
Straelbora
Haeropada
Posts: 824
Joined: Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:00 pm
Location: Indianapolis, IN USA

Re: Period-appropriate trekking superfood: Dried Mushrooms

Postby Straelbora » Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:48 pm

You're right; sadly, I don't care for most mushrooms. There is one type that my wife dried from the Chinese grocery store that I'm kind of OK with.

There's a mushroom soup from Poland that I actually like, but it's made with about sixty dollars' worth of dried porcini mushrooms.

You know what pairs nicely with dried mushrooms if you're making it into a soup at camp? Barley.
Vápnum sínum skala maðr velli á
feti ganga framar því at óvist er at vita
nær verðr á vegum úti geirs um þörf guma
Hávamál
User avatar
caedmon
Balku'npâ
Posts: 699
Joined: Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:30 am
Location: Palmer Alaska

Re: Period-appropriate trekking superfood: Dried Mushrooms

Postby caedmon » Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:11 pm

We've fallen in with an amateur mycologist and dried wild mushrooms are now a staple in our house. We like to grind them up and use them as a thickener. It's especially useful as a flour replacement for soups & gravies.
-Jack Horner

----------------------------
Impression: Boater Wesman ( Balku'npâ Adúnerama ) bronze founder living in Archet, Breelander of mixed dúnedain descent. c. 3017
User avatar
SierraStrider
Silent Watcher over the Peaceful Lands
Posts: 111
Joined: Mon Jun 13, 2016 8:54 pm
Location: California

Re: Period-appropriate trekking superfood: Dried Mushrooms

Postby SierraStrider » Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:41 pm

I really like the mushroom powder as thickener idea. Sounds tasty!
User avatar
Greg
Urush bithî 'nKi ya-nam bawâb
Posts: 3613
Joined: Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:50 pm
Location: Up the Greenway; Southern Indiana

Re: Period-appropriate trekking superfood: Dried Mushrooms

Postby Greg » Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:43 pm

caedmon wrote:We like to grind them up and use them as a thickener. It's especially useful as a flour replacement for soups & gravies.

I bet that'd be delicious in a salt pork/"bacon" broth.
Now the sword shall come from under the cloak.
User avatar
Elwindil
Silent Watcher over the Peaceful Lands
Posts: 163
Joined: Sun Dec 01, 2013 6:34 am
Location: Kansas

Re: Period-appropriate trekking superfood: Dried Mushrooms

Postby Elwindil » Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:28 pm

Over on the Townsend's youtube channel there's a thing where he shows how to make a mushroom ketchup, I'm sure you could do the same thing with the dried ones and it would be just as good.
User avatar
Ursus
Amrod Rhandir
Posts: 376
Joined: Sat Jun 22, 2013 11:31 pm
Location: Illinois

Re: Period-appropriate trekking superfood: Dried Mushrooms

Postby Ursus » Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:04 am

I can't believe no one has asked this. What kind of mushrooms are you using at the moment?
"Lonely men are we, Rangers of the wild, hunters – but hunters ever of the servants of the Enemy."
User avatar
Manveruon
Thangailhir
Posts: 1933
Joined: Tue Nov 15, 2011 6:11 am
Location: Littleton, CO
Contact:

Re: Period-appropriate trekking superfood: Dried Mushrooms

Postby Manveruon » Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:40 am

Thanks Ursus, that was going to be my question too, haha.

This is a great idea! How are you drying them? Or are you coming by them pre-dried?
User avatar
caedmon
Balku'npâ
Posts: 699
Joined: Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:30 am
Location: Palmer Alaska

Re: Period-appropriate trekking superfood: Dried Mushrooms

Postby caedmon » Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:27 am

Ursus wrote:I can't believe no one has asked this. What kind of mushrooms are you using at the moment?



Mostly boletes. They're rather common up here in Alaska.

As for drying we slice them and put them in our food dehydrator.
-Jack Horner

----------------------------
Impression: Boater Wesman ( Balku'npâ Adúnerama ) bronze founder living in Archet, Breelander of mixed dúnedain descent. c. 3017
Taurinor
Amrod Rhandir
Posts: 463
Joined: Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:06 pm
Location: Virginia

Re: Period-appropriate trekking superfood: Dried Mushrooms

Postby Taurinor » Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:23 pm

That sounds really interesting! I'll have to experiment with using dried mushrooms to make quick broths - dried lentils are one of my go-to trail foods, and I usually cook them with some chicken pocket soup or bacon, but one of the more dedicated members of my local group is vegan, so I've been looking for other options.
Richmond Fantasy-Inspired Hiking and Camping (on Meetup and Facebook)
User avatar
SierraStrider
Silent Watcher over the Peaceful Lands
Posts: 111
Joined: Mon Jun 13, 2016 8:54 pm
Location: California

Re: Period-appropriate trekking superfood: Dried Mushrooms

Postby SierraStrider » Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:24 pm

I've been getting store-bought. Harmony House brand, specifically, but I wouldn't be surprised if buying them from the grocery and dehydrating them came out cheaper.
User avatar
SierraStrider
Silent Watcher over the Peaceful Lands
Posts: 111
Joined: Mon Jun 13, 2016 8:54 pm
Location: California

Re: Period-appropriate trekking superfood: Dried Mushrooms

Postby SierraStrider » Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:15 pm

Taurinor wrote:That sounds really interesting! I'll have to experiment with using dried mushrooms to make quick broths - dried lentils are one of my go-to trail foods, and I usually cook them with some chicken pocket soup or bacon, but one of the more dedicated members of my local group is vegan, so I've been looking for other options.


I did some experimentation between jerky, textured vegetable protein and mushrooms in camping soup. Honestly, mushrooms came out the best. Which is good, because A) textured vegetable protein isn't period and B) I have a philosophical aversion to vegetables pretending to be meat.

I have a fantastic recipe for North African lentil soup. Your comment makes me want to modify it for the trail.
User avatar
Elleth
êphal ki-*raznahê
Posts: 1578
Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2010 5:26 am
Location: in the Angle; New England

Re: Period-appropriate trekking superfood: Dried Mushrooms

Postby Elleth » Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:02 am

mushrooms!!!

Oh that sounds wonderful. I'll have to try that, thank you! :)
Persona: Aerlinneth, Dúnedain of Amon Lendel c. TA 3010.
User avatar
Ringulf
Naugothrain
Posts: 2379
Joined: Sat Jul 09, 2011 1:50 pm
Location: Central Florida
Contact:

Re: Period-appropriate trekking superfood: Dried Mushrooms

Postby Ringulf » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:58 am

Wow this all sounds so scrumptious! I am very fond of mushrooms and have collected many recipes for them over the years. I have used them in soups and stews with wild scallion and yes Barley does pair well with most mushrooms. I enjoy them fried with onions most of all. but they are also quite good pickled or marinated, in this form they can keep a very long time and are very good for provisions in the self sufficient homestead! I have used the combo of onion, scallion and mushrooms for everything from an additive in meatloaf to stuffing in wildfowl with wild rice. I need to stop I am making myself very hungry, suffice it to say that having fungus among-us is not always a bad thing! :mrgreen:
A heartening sight by Day or Night, Dwarven warriors bold! To add their Might to any Fight, Precious more than Gold! A Dwarven friend is to the end, Never shall they fail! Their word does not bend, wherever they wend,
through Cavern, Hill or Dale!"
User avatar
SierraStrider
Silent Watcher over the Peaceful Lands
Posts: 111
Joined: Mon Jun 13, 2016 8:54 pm
Location: California

Re: Period-appropriate trekking superfood: Dried Mushrooms

Postby SierraStrider » Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:46 am

I recently did an experiment with dehydrating mushrooms at home. I wanted to see if it was cheaper to buy them already dried or to dry them yourself.

I sliced up 250 g of mushrooms and put them in my dehydrator. Once dry, there was only about 16 g left. This was a higher proportion of water weight than I had expected, but it meant that purchasing already-dried mushrooms can be about the same price as buying them at the grocery store and drying them yourself.

Return to “Crafts & Skills”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests