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2013/04/09 10:23:12 (permalink)

morel mushrooms

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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    felix4067
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    Re:morel mushrooms 2013/04/09 10:28:34 (permalink)
    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 2013/04/09 11:36:07 (permalink)
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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 2013/04/09 13:12:28 (permalink)
    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 2013/04/09 17:47:01 (permalink)
    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 2013/04/09 18:40:59 (permalink)
    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 2013/04/09 20:39:36 (permalink)
    Do you send out CARE packages?
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    Re:morel mushrooms 2013/04/10 11:17:00 (permalink)
    EdSails

    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 2013/04/10 12:10:38 (permalink)
    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 2013/04/10 12:11:53 (permalink)
    For some strange reason, the site is now double posting everything I post.????????????????
     
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    Re:morel mushrooms 2013/04/10 13:10:31 (permalink)
    I think they hired the Doublemint twins as programmers.
     

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    Re:morel mushrooms 2013/04/10 15:00:30 (permalink)
    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 2013/04/10 15:43:43 (permalink)
    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 2013/04/10 16:07:27 (permalink)
    Us California kids have to purchase them dried in plastic bags.
     
    Jealous!
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    Re:morel mushrooms 2013/04/10 16:37:56 (permalink)
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    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 2013/04/10 22:11:14 (permalink)
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    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 2013/04/10 22:44:00 (permalink)
    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 2013/04/11 00:24:44 (permalink)
    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 2013/04/11 01:02:09 (permalink)
    Last year, Joe Rogo was starting a Schroom patch. Anxious to hear about his crop this year!
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    Re:morel mushrooms 2013/04/11 01:09:25 (permalink)
    Ed... 
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    Re:morel mushrooms 2013/04/11 10:46:03 (permalink)
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    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 2013/04/11 14:32:51 (permalink)
    Hoping you have your morels!
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    Re:morel mushrooms 2013/04/11 18:31:33 (permalink)
    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 2013/04/12 11:29:13 (permalink)
    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 2013/04/12 20:54:39 (permalink)
    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 2013/04/13 08:46:06 (permalink)
    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 2013/04/13 11:11:08 (permalink)
    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! 
    post edited by lleechef - 2013/04/13 11:16:44
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    Re:morel mushrooms 2013/04/13 11:32:18 (permalink)
    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 2013/04/13 11:47:12 (permalink)
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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 2013/04/13 12:42:48 (permalink)
    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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