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morel mushrooms - Tue, 04/9/13 10:23 AM
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According to the Columbus Dispatch and www.morels.com we should start finding these tasty morsels in our woods this weekend.  Morels like warm days, cool nights and moist soil.  Our forecast is highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s and rain on Thursday.  Perfect!  I like them best in a cream sauce on roast duck but plain sautéed in butter with shallots and parsley is great too.  Happy foraging and good luck to all you morel lovers!

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Re:morel mushrooms - Tue, 04/9/13 10:28 AM
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Apparently a bit to the south makes a huge difference! We don't usually get them until around Mother's Day. I've not been in years, though...have to depend on the generosity of friends to get my morel fix. Usually I just saute in butter with garlic or onion, but I used to make a stuffing for chicken that was amazing.

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Re:morel mushrooms - Tue, 04/9/13 11:36 AM
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I spoke to my former MIL last night, she lives in Rapid City and is the absolute QUEEN of morels.  She said she is going out this weekend also.  You may be getting your morel fix before Mother's Day!

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Re:morel mushrooms - Tue, 04/9/13 1:12 PM
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How best to cook the wonderful things?  I have a friend that gives me a nice full baggie every spring, but I don't feel successful with the admittedly few methods I've tried.
 
From the internet's advice, I've done the flour and egg coating thing, not too successful, I've cut them in strips and sautéed with onion -- good, but tastes like other mushrooms too.
 
I see at the farmers market in Madison WI they can sell for 45.00 or more a pound.  I usually get about a 3/4 pound bag.
 
I want to learn to love them, but don't know how to proceed.  And there's no lleechef in my kitchen.

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Re:morel mushrooms - Tue, 04/9/13 5:47 PM
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I find they pair especially well with fowl....duck, chicken, guinea hen, pheasant, Cornish game hens......and pork. Wash them well several times in cold water and make sure they are very dry.  I sometimes put them on a drying rack in a 150 degree oven for 10 mins.  Large ones I cut in half, the others leave whole.  Saute them in some butter with shallots and/or garlic then add to the pan juices from the meat.  Add cream if you desire or thicken with a little roux or cornstarch.  Spoon over the meat and swoon!  You can also just sauté them as any other mushroom and serve as a side with steak. 

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Re:morel mushrooms - Tue, 04/9/13 6:40 PM
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I've had them in a somewhat quiche-like tart, but with a definite emphasis on the morels.  Incredible.

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Re:morel mushrooms - Tue, 04/9/13 8:39 PM
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Do you send out CARE packages?

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Re:morel mushrooms - Wed, 04/10/13 11:17 AM
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Do you send out CARE packages?

I have to FIND them first!!  Way too hot yesterday, 85, the woods were dry as a bone.  Supposed to be same for today.  Crossing my fingers for rain tomorrow.
BTW, MH is allergic to mushrooms so I don't have to share!


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Re:morel mushrooms - Wed, 04/10/13 12:10 PM
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As strange as it sounds, I often find them in the spring right beside my street.  I do not do anything fancy with them, just sautee them in butter with a little garlic.  Double outstanding.
 
Paul E. Smith
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Re:morel mushrooms - Wed, 04/10/13 12:11 PM
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For some strange reason, the site is now double posting everything I post.????????????????
 
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Re:morel mushrooms - Wed, 04/10/13 1:10 PM
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I think they hired the Doublemint twins as programmers.
 


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Re:morel mushrooms - Wed, 04/10/13 3:00 PM
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Sundancer7


For some strange reason, the site is now double posting everything I post.????????????????

Paul E. Smith
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Perhaps you should report it to one of the moderators.  

How lucky you are to find morels so easily!!  I have walked for miles in the woods and found nothing.

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Re:morel mushrooms - Wed, 04/10/13 3:43 PM
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I have been lucky to get morels from friends. We just do a simple butter saute. My fav of the wild mushrooms is a puffball.

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Re:morel mushrooms - Wed, 04/10/13 4:07 PM
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Us California kids have to purchase them dried in plastic bags.
 
Jealous!

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Re:morel mushrooms - Wed, 04/10/13 4:37 PM
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kland01s
Puffballs are delicious!!!
 
mar
When I lived in PA I could never find morels, neither fresh nor dried!  Out of desperation I had my uncle in Michigan send me some dried and they really were quite good.  I reconstituted them in chicken stock and used that as the base of my sauce.

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Re:morel mushrooms - Wed, 04/10/13 10:11 PM
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lleechef


kland01s
Puffballs are delicious!!!

mar
When I lived in PA I could never find morels, neither fresh nor dried!  Out of desperation I had my uncle in Michigan send me some dried and they really were quite good.  I reconstituted them in chicken stock and used that as the base of my sauce.

 
DAMN!.no Morels in PA!  Cancels the order to rent the pig, sells off the 8.5 acres around the house, gives up the membership in the organization that controls about 80,000 acres. Screams at Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and Fresh Foods and hopes some wandering peddler sidles up to the back door with some purloined morels from Gawd knows where

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Re:morel mushrooms - Wed, 04/10/13 10:44 PM
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lleecehef, I reconstituted in water.  That must have been my problem.  They were lacking in taste.
 
How about grinding the dried type and sprinkling in sauces and other dishes like Umami powder?

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Re:morel mushrooms - Thu, 04/11/13 12:24 AM
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There is a terrible lack of morels in this country today and all you people can do is talk about mushrooms?
 
 


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Re:morel mushrooms - Thu, 04/11/13 1:02 AM
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Last year, Joe Rogo was starting a Schroom patch. Anxious to hear about his crop this year!

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Re:morel mushrooms - Thu, 04/11/13 1:09 AM
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Ed... 

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Re:morel mushrooms - Thu, 04/11/13 10:46 AM
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mar
The only thing I use water for is blanching vegetables, cooking pasta, ice cubes and occasionally a glass for drinking. 
About grinding the dried ones, I would not recommend it as the morels still contain some sand or soil.  When you reconstitute, do not use all of the liquid as there is a certain amount of grit on the bottom.
It's raining today!!  Yippee!  I may have some luck tomorrow.

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Re:morel mushrooms - Thu, 04/11/13 2:32 PM
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Hoping you have your morels!

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Re:morel mushrooms - Thu, 04/11/13 6:31 PM
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This was my take in my back yard a couple of years ago. If there are any this year I am not home and besides there is probably a foot of snow on the ground in the Twin Cities. The puffballs in my yard are more impressive.


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Re:morel mushrooms - Fri, 04/12/13 11:29 AM
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Those are some beauties!
It didn't rain yesterday, it poured.  All night too and today there's no sun so it's not looking good.  I'll go take a look around this afternoon but I'm not too hopeful.  It's supposed to be better weather Sat. and Sunday.
Yesterday at Giant Eagle I noticed they had expanded their dried mushroom section and sure enough, they had morels.  $8.99 for 1/2 oz.  If I get really desperate....

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Re:morel mushrooms - Fri, 04/12/13 8:54 PM
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Weiland's in Clintonville has fresh ones. They put a message on Facebook today. They did not mention price.

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Re:morel mushrooms - Sat, 04/13/13 8:46 AM
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I have never went morel picking.  usually too busy in the Spring.  
 
I got this message from my mushroom club, looks like it may be a great year for them.
 
"Checked an early morel spot on Thursday. No morels yet, but I think they will start up early next week. Looks like it's gonna be a real good start to the season. Cool/cold followed by a warmup, followed by chilly weather with soaking rain, followed by weekend nights staying above 30F, followed by a warmup next week with some showers. These are very good conditions to start. Key features... significant rainfall a few days before the Black Morels start, with nighttime temps not getting too low, and then sunny and mild. I measured 0.6" from the t-storm Wednesday afternoon followed by 0.4" soaking rainfall Wednesday night, and now we're in the midst of a real soaker."

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Re:morel mushrooms - Sat, 04/13/13 11:11 AM
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Sounds just about the same forecast for us in Gahanna.  Still a little chilly today but supposed to warm up tomorrow and Monday. 
Weiland's is selling them for $55/lb.!  I'll take my chances and walk through the woods! 
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Re:morel mushrooms - Sat, 04/13/13 11:32 AM
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We've gotten just over five inches of rain since Monday, and right now it's snowing. It's not supposed to stop for at least another week. I'm  pretty sure we're never going to have morels...or spring.

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Re:morel mushrooms - Sat, 04/13/13 11:47 AM
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That's horrible!  Which means my former MIL in Rapid City won't be looking for them either.  We're supposed to hit 71 tomorrow and 75 Monday.  High this afternoon is around 56.  I'll go out and snoop around later.

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Re:morel mushrooms - Sat, 04/13/13 12:42 PM
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Yeah, up there she's got to have at least six inches of snow on the ground at this point. With ice both under and on top of it. We're supposed to hit 63 on Thursday, but the extended 10-day forecast has us never getting above 50 after that, and often below freezing at night. And she's a little over two hours north of me.

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Re:morel mushrooms - Sat, 04/13/13 7:21 PM
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It did get a little warmer this afternoon.  I fed the birds and did a quick look through the woods.....not a serious mushroom hunt.....and didn't see anything.  I'm going to get serious tomorrow.
 

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Re:morel mushrooms - Mon, 04/15/13 7:44 PM
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Update from the mushroom club:
 
"walked over a mile of rocky ridge-bottom to find one Black Morel today. So it has begun. Weather forecast couldn't be better... sunny warm-up followed by more showers but temps staying warm. Beginning around Thursday, it should be real good. First time in a few years we've had good early-season conditions."

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Re:morel mushrooms - Wed, 04/17/13 9:57 AM
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My niece is finding them in Luray, VA.

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Re:morel mushrooms - Sat, 04/20/13 7:53 PM
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yummmm fresh morels
 
I havent checked yet this year, usually about this time though we start getting them, but the weather has been so durn funky who knows. last week 80+ today freeze warning.
 
I have a close friend who has about 1000 acres to be searched, last year they found LOTS of shrooms.  we ate and ate and ate!

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Re:morel mushrooms - Sat, 04/20/13 8:02 PM
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IF there are any in Michigan this year, they'll be late. Between record flooding and record low temperatures (measurable snowfall last night on top of the 11+ inches of rain we received over the last week), I just don't see it happening.

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Re:morel mushrooms - Sun, 04/21/13 11:31 AM
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It was 85 here on Thursday and 28 this morning.  Not good.  Other Ohioans must be desperate too because the dried morels were all sold out at the grocery store yesterday to the tune of $8.99 for about 10 puny little things in a plastic package.

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Re:morel mushrooms - Sat, 05/4/13 9:04 AM
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That is Pie Diva's aunt with a Triple M - Michigan Mega Morel.

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Re:morel mushrooms - Sat, 05/4/13 2:43 PM
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WOW!  Still no luck here in Ohio.  May have to take a trip to Michigan soon.

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Re:morel mushrooms - Sat, 05/4/13 5:27 PM
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Michigan has almost dried out (the rivers are officially below flood stage right now, although still VERY high), and they promise we're finally done having snow. It could happen!

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Re:morel mushrooms - Sat, 05/4/13 5:33 PM
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I was at the farmers market downtown Knoxville today and the mushroom guy found 250 a couple of days ago and sold them all in a matter of minutes this morning at $12.00 lb.  I was too late and I would have bought a lb.
He indicated the season was over for him yesterday.
 
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Re:morel mushrooms - Mon, 05/6/13 3:41 AM
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I am calling The Mushroomery in Lebanon, OR. today. When I was there they were out of season on a lot but hopefully its better now. Morels, lobster mushroom, chantrelles and TRUFFLES were what I bought last time. If I score, you're all invited to a truffle party! I made fettucini with fresh lobster and shaved truffles. People were locking the pasta bowls!
 
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Re:morel mushrooms - Mon, 05/6/13 8:23 AM
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There are plenty to be found in the Columbus Ohio. Been eating them all week....Russ

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Re:morel mushrooms - Mon, 05/6/13 9:05 AM
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Nothing in my known patch in Minnesota yet.

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Re:morel mushrooms - Mon, 05/6/13 10:37 AM
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Russ Jackson


There are plenty to be found in the Columbus Ohio. Been eating them all week....Russ


 
Wish I could taste them off the screen!

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Re:morel mushrooms - Mon, 05/6/13 12:55 PM
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Article in the little local weekly paper about a guy who found a 9.5 inch, 8.4 oz Morel!

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Re:morel mushrooms - Mon, 05/6/13 3:38 PM
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I need to go to Michigan, still haven't found any here in Gahanna.

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Re:morel mushrooms - Mon, 05/6/13 6:20 PM
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Cut Morels in half, large ones in quarters or thirds. Place in bowl of water and clean. Just slosh them around a little. Place outside up on paper towels and pat dry. Sprinkle with Old Bay. Place in large zip lock bag with a cup and a half of of All Purpose Flour and 1/2 cup corn meal. Shake until coated. Remove from bag and tap off excess. Place in medium hot preheated skillet hollow side down. Press lightly. Cook until flour browns and flip each. Once both sides have browned flip around in pan until done. I like them still a little soft inside. I have cooked thousands of Morels and the water clean has never made them soggy. If pan is not preheated enough you will have issues. If butter starts getting hot add a little vegetable oil to raise the burn temp. For a full pan you might use a third of a stick of butter. I have tried olive oil but they do not taste as good. If you like Old Bay you can add more when you take them hot out of the skillet.
Enjoy....Russ

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Re:morel mushrooms - Wed, 05/8/13 7:56 PM
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Lisa
 
You are not alone, here in Southern Indiana the hunting has not been going so well, the weather is to wacky.
 
like today 80 degrees for the high this weekend it is supposed to be a high of 49.
 
grrrrrrr
 
Although the crapie are biting like crazy!!!!

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Re:morel mushrooms - Sun, 05/19/13 8:37 PM
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WE HAVE MUSHROOMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
OH BOY DO WE MUSHROOMS and CRAPIE!!
 
fried fish and fried mushrooms
 
I should have photographic proof as soon as i find my camera.  Between the 4 of us there was 75 crapie and over 1200 mushrooms.
 
This is a Commercial Baking Sheet they are on after a quick rinse.
Lightly battered and then fried, also sliced then fried with onions 
 
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Re:morel mushrooms - Tue, 05/21/13 5:37 PM
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bump
I added the picture from the other day, morels yummmmmmmmmmy

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Re:morel mushrooms - Tue, 05/21/13 7:56 PM
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CK
That picture of your morels should be BANNED!  I still haven't found any. May isn't over yet.......May is Morel Month in Michigan......hopefully it will migrate a little south to Ohio!