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Freeze-dried mushrooms

Are certain mushrooms prepared for freeze-drying?

Here are the essential actions.

Make sure your mushrooms are ready to freeze-dry.

Prepare your freeze dryer for usage and then freeze the mushrooms.

Dry your mushrooms in the freezer.

When finished, check the mushrooms for dryness.

Your mushrooms should be packaged for long-term use and storage.

Now, that's basically all there is to freeze-drying most things. The same set of instructions may be used to freeze-dry anything, including broccoli, steaks, bell peppers (though I do recommend reading the additional tips and procedures if you want to learn how to make great freeze-dried bell peppers! ), and more.

But here's the thing: these fundamental actions work best when you also get the supporting advice. So let's not only start with the fundamentals. Let's get started with some pointers and advice for mastering the freeze-drying of mushrooms!

Cut, wash, and dry the mushrooms.

Your particular preferences and practices regarding food cleanliness will play a big role in how you prepare the mushrooms for freeze-drying. However, washing them should come first. You won't have to worry about your food being dirty or contaminated.

Now, if you're growing and harvesting your own mushrooms, the quantity of washing you perform may vary from what you would do if you were using a bag of mushrooms that you had purchased on sale. But cleaning the mushrooms will be beneficial in all scenarios.

After washing, allow the mushrooms to air dry. You can let them air dry or use a cloth to pat them dry. My preferred method for drying cleaned mushrooms is to place them on a towel, gently pat some of the water off, and then leave them to air dry for a short while. Mushrooms get squished when towels are used too briskly to dry them, which makes slicing them more difficult. If you have one, using a salad spinner could be a terrific choice.

It's time to cut up your mushrooms now that they are clean and dry. The mushroom will freeze-dry more quickly and easily the more surface area you expose to the air. Sliced mushrooms freeze-dry the best, in my experience. However, they can still freeze-dry nicely when cut into rather thick slices.

If you'd prefer chop them in any of these other ways, it should still work fine.

Even while it would be simpler to slice the mushrooms, freeze-dry them, and then powder the dried mushrooms, rather than mince them, this method of freeze-drying is overkill. With far less effort, you can achieve the same result.)

However, there are instances when washing, cutting, and drying are easier. Both of those work. It's a matter of taste, but it nevertheless accomplishes the task and advances us to the next stage.

Dry the mushrooms with freezing

You are finally prepared to freeze dry your mushrooms once they have been frozen and the freeze drier has completed its initial freezing cycle, which often takes several hours.

Transfer your mushrooms to the trays that are appropriate for freeze-dryers now, if you haven't already. After that, put those trays inside the freeze dryer.

Next, check to be that you have your freeze dryer settings set as directed in the manual, at an appropriate level.

It takes about a day to freeze-dry your mushrooms effectively if they are already frozen and thinly cut.

It can take 36–48 hours to reach the ideal freeze-dried state for storage for larger mushrooms or less thoroughly dried parts.

Check on the freeze dryer occasionally and let it do its thing. On my phone, I prefer to set an alarm for when it needs to be finished. I don't want to have to wake up in the middle of the night to put food away, therefore I also want to manage our freeze drier so that it is done during the day. If you're like me in the "sleep is awesome!" sense, feel free to change the time of the events.

Oh, and make sure your freeze-dryer is turned off on a warm cycle rather of a cold one.

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