Making dried mushrooms at home is really quite simple. You can even buy pre-sliced mushrooms to make these, reducing your prep time. I dried exotic mushrooms to use for another recipe that I will share soon.
On the 27th of November I placed a click and collect order with Clicks. This is the South African equivalent of the UK store Boots. Despite receiving an email to say that my order had been dispatched, it never arrived in store. Two weeks later I sent an email to track my order and as they could not find out what had happened, I was credited for it. I had ‘purchased’ items on special so lost out on the special. And I had a R50 voucher so dipped out on that as well. I was offered compensation for a new on-line order which I placed on the 30th of December. The order was dispatched on the 3rd of January, never to be seen again. It should have taken 1 – 3 working days to arrive at Clicks, but it still hasn’t. You can well imagine my frustration.
Especially as I know how simple this system should be. In December I placed an order with Boots. A friend was in England and she offered to bring stuff back for me. We need 2 of the items I ordered before we leave next Friday. When I got to the check out page I was told that the order would be received by the 4th of January. I was really cutting it fine as Gill was leaving on that date. But trusting the system I placed my order. And it was delivered within 48 hours. This is not unusual for the United Kingdom and having to wait two days for something is to me quite reasonable. I also did not mind waiting to see how my dried mushrooms would turn out. I was amazed at how much weight was lost during the process. My 150g fresh yielded only 13g dried.
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- 150g mushrooms
- Preheat the oven to 60° Celsius
- Thinly slice any large mushrooms
- If you are using small mushrooms such as shimeji then leave them whole
- Place onto a wire rack lined with baking paper without overlapping the mushrooms
- Place into the oven for 6 hours
- Remove from the oven and place into an airtight container to use as needed