What Is The Best Way To Dry Fresh Mushrooms?

Drying fresh mushrooms is a great way to preserve them for long-term storage and to intensify their flavor. There are several methods you can use to dry mushrooms, and the best method for you may depend on your equipment and preferences. Here are a few common ways to dry fresh mushrooms:

  1. Air Drying:

    • Clean the mushrooms by brushing off any dirt or debris and trimming the stems.
    • Slice the mushrooms into thin, uniform pieces.
    • Place the mushroom slices on a drying rack or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
    • Leave them in a well-ventilated, dry area with good air circulation. You can use a fan to speed up the drying process.
    • It may take several days for the mushrooms to completely dry using this method.
  2. Oven Drying:

    • Preheat your oven to its lowest setting (usually around 150°F to 200°F or 65°C to 93°C).
    • Slice the mushrooms and place them on a baking sheet in a single layer.
    • Leave the oven door slightly ajar to allow moisture to escape.
    • Check the mushrooms regularly and remove them once they are crisp and dry, which can take a few hours.
  3. Dehydrator:

    • Use a food dehydrator with a mushroom drying setting if available.
    • Slice the mushrooms and arrange them on the dehydrator trays.
    • Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the recommended temperature and drying time.
  4. Sun Drying:

    • This method is not recommended in humid or rainy climates.
    • Place sliced mushrooms on a clean, dry surface like a screen or a wire rack.
    • Cover them with a clean cloth to protect them from debris and insects.
    • Put the setup in a sunny, dry location and allow the sun to naturally dry the mushrooms, which may take a few days.
  5. Microwave Drying (not recommended for all mushrooms):

    • Slice the mushrooms and place them on a microwave-safe plate lined with a paper towel.
    • Use the microwave's lowest power setting, or defrost setting, to slowly dry the mushrooms in short intervals (e.g., 30-second bursts).
    • Check the mushrooms frequently to avoid overcooking.

The key to successful mushroom drying is ensuring that they are completely dry to prevent spoilage. Once dried, store the mushrooms in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. Rehydrate dried mushrooms by soaking them in hot water or broth for about 20-30 minutes before using them in your recipes.


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Our fun bags are a great family or school project. Teach kids how to grow their own mushrooms and they will never go hungry. No yard needed. Grow right indoors from beginning until harvest. Bags can also be grown outdoors. 

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