How To: Rehydrate Dried Mushrooms
It doesn't take much to bring dried mushrooms back to life, and after reconstituting you'll be rewarded with a double dose of delicious: the mushrooms themselves, rich with savory, meaty flavor, plus the soaking liquid, which adds a boost of mushroom essence to stews, stocks and sauces.
- 2-3 cups tepid water
- 1/2 ounce dried mushrooms
Combine the water and mushrooms in a bowl* and let sit for at least 15 minutes, until the mushrooms are soft and pliable. Timing will depend on the thickness of the mushrooms.
*It's helpful to use a deep bowl so that debris can fall to the bottom as the mushrooms rise to the top.
Gently lift the mushrooms out of the water and cook according to your recipe. Don't throw that water away! Strain it through a fine sieve or coffee filter and use it to flavor stock or sauce.