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Learn How To Dry Mushrooms in a dehydrator for a perfect addition to your soups, stews, and various delicious dishes. Drying mushrooms in your home is a great idea after a weekend of foraging and making your herbs from complete scratch.

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Drying Mushrooms

Add your mushrooms as a seasoning to your favorite meals. Sprinkle on enchiladas dip, cauliflower rice, into the vegetable soup or pan-fried chicken.

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Dried Food

Drying or dehydrating vegetables, fruits, or any food, for that matter, is a great way to preserve your freshly foraged goodies.

Turn broccoli into a perfect broccoli chips snack, cucumber into a crunchy treat, and plain chicken into a delicious protein snack to nib on. Pack raspberry chips with dried blueberries and strawberry chips for your next trip.

Dry onions into onion flakes to use as a flavoring for your homemade seasoning.

Why Dry or Dehydrate Mushrooms?

Drying mushrooms is an effective way to preserve them for long-term storage and use. This method helps maintain the flavor of mushrooms within the texture and nutritional value of the mushrooms while reducing their size and weight, making them easier to transport and store.

Dried mushrooms are best addition to salads or garnish on top of different dishes. Dried mushrooms can also be reconstituted with water and used in various dishes or recipes. Additionally, drying mushrooms allows for a more concentrated flavor suitable for seasoning soups, sauces, stews, and other dishes.

Drying mushrooms is an easy and cost-effective way to preserve them since they last longer than fresh mushrooms when appropriately stored in an airtight bag or container. 

How Do You Dry Mushrooms Without a Dehydrator?

As you see in today’s recipe, I am using a dehydrator for drying our mushrooms, but there are various options to dry your veggies even if you do not own this kitchen gadget. Pick your favorite or the one that suits you the best.

6 Ways To Dry Mushrooms

Drying mushrooms at home is a great way to preserve and store them for later use.

There are a few methods of drying mushrooms:

  1. Air dry – place your sliced mushrooms onto a newspaper or paper kitchen towel and allow them to air dry naturally in your pantry or a cool, dry place in your house.
  2. Oven dry – It is also a great idea to use an oven on the lowest heat with a slightly open door. You can quickly dry your mushrooms that way.
  3. Dehydrate – using a dehydrator is the most efficient way, as the low temperature will prevent them from burning.
  4. Heater – mainly in the winter- where you can place your mushrooms onto a baking sheet covered with newspaper.
  5. Freeze dry – using a home freeze-drying appliance.
  6. Sundry – in the summer, where you spread your sliced mushrooms in a shaded area of your garden.
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Drying Mushrooms

Are All Mushrooms Suitable For Drying?

No, not all mushrooms are suitable for drying. Mushrooms that contain a lot of moisture don’t dry well and become hard and brittle.

Boletus edulis, or porcini mushrooms, are the most common type of mushroom used for drying because they have low moisture content. For optimal results when drying mushrooms, look for thick stems and caps with no signs of bruising or discoloration – these are ideal for drying. 

Difference Between The Oven Method And The Dehydrator

The difference between an oven or dehydrator is mainly in temperature. It is the same method: the slices are dried by flowing hot air.

With the dehydrator, you can go to a really low temperature, which most ovens do not allow.

For the same reason, if drying in the oven, you must be careful not to burn your slices.

The temperature inside the oven is usually more condensed, and air circulation is hotter.

For them to properly dry, you need to swap the trays from time to time. It is also great if your take the mushrooms out after about 3 to 4 hours, turn the slices and return the baking sheet with the mushrooms to the oven for another hour.

Another difference between dehydrator or oven is that it takes longer to dry using dehydrators, but the slices will never burn.

What Type of Mushrooms To Dry?

When it comes to drying mushrooms, certain types are better suited than others. Oysters, chanterelle, wild mushrooms, and shiitake mushrooms are the most popular choices for drying because they are highly flavorful and have a good texture when dried.

These mushrooms also contain high levels of nutrients and fiber, making them a great addition to any meal. Porcini mushrooms are ideal for drying due to their strong flavor and meaty texture. While all mushrooms can be dried successfully, these four varieties are especially suited for the process. When choosing what type of mushroom to dry, consider the flavors you want in your dish and how you plan on using it.

Why Use Dried Mushrooms Instead Of Fresh Ones?

Dried mushrooms are a great alternative to fresh mushrooms for many reasons. They are much easier to store and transport, as they do not need to be kept cool or refrigerated. Dried mushrooms also have a longer shelf life than fresh mushrooms, so you can buy them in bulk and store them for later use.

Additionally, dried mushrooms provide more concentrated flavors than their fresh counterparts. When cooked, they rehydrate quickly and easily without losing flavor or texture. They are less expensive than fresh mushrooms, making them an economical option for adding flavor to dishes without spending too much money. 

How Do You Dry Mushrooms in An Oven?

Following the same step in our recipe, clean and slice your mushrooms. Put the mushrooms on a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake at the lowest temperature for 3 to 4 hours. Make sure you place mushrooms in a single layer.

Check regularly and swap the trays to avoid burning the slices. Turn the mushrooms after about 3 hours and return them to the oven.

If your oven doesn’t go below 90 degrees celsius or 200 Fahrenheit, keep the lowest temperature oven and leave the door slightly open. The best thing is to place a thick wooden spoon between the oven door. This allows air to circulate at a lower temperature.

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How to dry mushrooms

How To Clean The Mushrooms?

The best way to clean them before drying is to use a kitchen towel or a brush. Try to clean all of the dirt without using water.

How Thick To Slice The Mushrooms?

It is best to slice them into approximately half a millimeter to a quarter of an inch thick.

How To Dry The Mushrooms Using a Dehydrator?

Kitchen Gadgets Needed:

  • Sharp knife
  • Dehydrator

Ingredients Needed:

  • Shiitake mushrooms
  • Porcini
  • Champignons

*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.

FULL INSTRUCTIONS WITH STEPS TO MUSHROOM DRYING METHOD

First Step: Prepare your Mushrooms

Clean the mushrooms you want to dry using a paper towel to remove all the dirt. You can also clean the mushrooms with a brush.

Cut out any impurities. It is not advisable to wash them with water if not necessary. If the mushrooms are wet, let them dry on a rack to dry faster.

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Drying Mushrooms

Second Step: Slice and Layer

Using a sharp knife, slice your mushrooms into half a millimeter or quarter-inch slices and lay them on dehydrator trays. Arrange the mushroom slices in a single layer for best drying.

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Third Step: Dehydrate

Place all the filled trays on top of each other and close the lid.

Switch your machine to 70 degrees celsius or 160 Fahrenheit. Dry for 6 to 8 hours, making sure you sap the trays from time to time. Swapping trays will ensure all of your mushrooms get evenly dried.

Once the mushrooms are dried, let the mushrooms to cool completely before storage.

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Top Tips For Drying Mushrooms

  • Cleaning – cleaning the mushrooms with a kitchen towel instead of washing them is best.
  • Swap – keep swapping the trays in your dehydrator to ensure uniform drying.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

How To Use Dried Mushrooms?

Dried mushrooms are a great addition to any dish, as they can add extra flavor and texture to various recipes. To use dried mushrooms, start by soaking them in warm water for about 20 minutes. This will rehydrate the mushrooms, making them softer and easier to cook with.

With some experimentation, you can find many ways to use dried mushrooms in your cooking! You can chop or slice the mushrooms as desired for your recipe. If you plan on using them in a soup or stew, it’s best to add them at the beginning of cooking so that they can absorb all the flavors of the dish.

Add them to the cooking end if you want a firmer texture and more intense mushroom flavor. Once rehydrated, use them as you would fresh mushrooms.

How Long To Dry Fresh Mushrooms In a Dehydrator?

The amount of time it takes to dry fresh mushrooms in a dehydrator can vary depending on the type of mushroom and the temperature settings. Generally, it takes 6-8 hours to dry mushrooms in a dehydrator. The ideal drying temperature is between 105F-115F.

However, some varieties of mushrooms may require a higher temperature setting to ensure they are completely dried out. It’s also important to check the mushrooms every few hours during the drying process to ensure they’re not getting burnt.

If you’re dealing with multiple batches of mushrooms, you may need to rotate them throughout the dehydrator for even drying times.

Once the mushrooms have reached the desired level of dryness and crispness, turn off your dehydrator and allow them to cool before storing them in an airtight container or vacuum-sealed bag.

How Do You Know When The Mushrooms Are Done?

Take one slice and break in the middle. If you hear the snap, they are ready. They need to be crunchy, like chips. If you feel it takes effort to break them, they need to be dried further.

How Long Do You Dry Mushrooms In the Oven?

The exact time it takes will depend on the type of mushroom and size and the temperature and humidity of your oven.

Generally, you should expect to dry mushrooms for 4 to 8 hours at a low temperature of 150°F (65°C). It’s essential to check your mushrooms every hour or so to ensure they don’t get too dry or burn.

If needed, you can flip them over or adjust the temperature slightly. Once they have dried completely, let them cool before storing them in an airtight container.

Can I Dehydrate Whole Mushrooms?

It is possible to dry them whole, but the time will depend on their size and the type of mushrooms you have picked. The time you dry them whole or sliced may vary, and it can take up to 4x or 6x longer to dry whole pieces.

How To Rehydrate Mushrooms?

Rehydrating mushroom is a simple process that can help add flavor and texture to your dishes. Start by soaking the mushrooms in warm water for 15-20 minutes. Once they have been soaked, gently squeeze out the excess moisture and pat them dry with paper towels.

You can steam the mushrooms for 5-10 minutes in a steamer basket to rehydrate them. You can also sauté them in butter or oil for 2-3 minutes until they are softened and plump. Finally, season with salt and pepper to taste and enjoy.

How To Make Mushroom Powder?

Making mushroom powder is a relatively easy. First, you need to select the type of mushrooms you want to use for the powder. For example, if you are looking for medicinal mushroom powder, you would like to choose reishi or shiitake mushrooms. 

Once dried, the mushrooms can be ground into a fine powder using either a spice grinder or a high-power blender. 

How Long Do Dehydrated Mushrooms Last?

Dehydrated mushrooms can last long, depending on how they are stored. If kept in an airtight container and from heat, light, and moisture, dry mushrooms can last up to two years.

Do You Need To Condition Them Before You Store Your Dehydrated Mushrooms?

When storing dry mushrooms, it is important to condition them beforehand. Check for impurities and molds. Discharge damaged pieces if you see some. 

Place them into the jar and ensure enough air to circulate. Ensure the lid is fully closed to prevent moisture from the air.

This involves shaking the glass container every day for 7 days before preserving them.

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Can I Dehydrate Canned Mushrooms?

Yes, you can dehydrate canned mushrooms. Drying canned mushrooms is a great way to extend their shelf life and ensure that you have them on hand for when you need them in recipes.

To dehydrate canned mushrooms, begin by draining off the liquid from the can, and then spread the mushrooms out in a single layer on a drying rack or baking sheet. Place the tray into an oven set to its lowest temperature setting and leave it there for several hours.

Once the mushrooms are completely dry, remove them from the oven and store them in an airtight container until ready to use. 

Can I Dehydrate Frozen Mushrooms?

Yes, you can dehydrate frozen mushrooms. 

First, make sure your mushrooms are already thawed before dehydrating them. Place the mushrooms evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and bake for 8-10 hours or until they become completely dry and brittle.

Check them after about 6 hours to ensure that they do not burn. Once finished, store the mushrooms in an airtight container for up to six months. 

How To Store Dry Mushrooms?

Let the dried mushrooms or mushroom powder cool completely.
Be sure to store the dried mushrooms in an airtight container. Dried mushrooms will last for years when stored properly.

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How To Dry Mushrooms

Zuzana Paar
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Learn How To Dry Mushrooms in a dehydrator for a perfect addition to your soups, stews, and various delicious dishes. Drying mushrooms in your home is a great idea after a weekend of foraging and making your herbs from complete scratch.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Course Sauces and Spices
Cuisine International
Servings 20 Portions
Calories 9 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 Cup Shiitake Mushrooms
  • 1 Cup Porcini
  • 1 Cup Champignons

Instructions
 

  • Clean the mushrooms you want to dry using a paper towel to remove all the dirt. Cut out any impurities.
  • Using a sharp knife, slice your mushrooms into half a millimeter or quarter-inch slices and lay them on dehydrator trays. Arrange the mushroom slices in a single layer for best drying.
  • Place all the filled trays on top of each other and close the lid. Switch your machine to 70 degrees celsius or 160 Fahrenheit. Dry for 6 to 8 hours, making sure you sap the trays from time to time. Swapping trays will ensure all of your mushrooms get evenly dried.

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Notes

  • Cleaning – cleaning the mushrooms with a kitchen towel instead of washing them is best.
  • Swap – keep swapping the trays in your dehydrator to ensure uniform drying.

Nutrition

Serving: 2TablespoonsCalories: 9kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.003gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 84mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 0.1mg

Disclaimer

Please note that nutrient values are estimates only. Variations can occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of origin, preparation, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.

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By Zuzana Paar on February 10th, 2023
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2 Comments on “How To Dry Mushrooms”

  1. I never knew there were so many ways to dry mushrooms. Drying mushrooms in the oven? Wow! That’s such a handy tip to know. And now I’m excited to try these dry mushroom in my dishes.

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