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Learn How To Make Mushroom Powder at home for a great seasoning. Dehydrate your seasonal harvest and have the best umami always available. 

Mushroom powder recipe in a container.
Powdered Mushrooms

Add to smoothies, soups like our vegetable soup, sauces, or even sprinkled on salads for that extra nutrient boost. 

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What Is Mushroom Powder?

Mushroom powder is a food spice or a seasoning made from dried mushrooms

This powder great for adding nutrition to your dishes, and is incredibly versatile, letting you to be creative with your cooking. It has a slightly earthy flavor and can be used as an alternative to salt or sugar in recipes.

Why Should I Use Mushroom Powder?

Mushroom powder is an excellent ingredient to have in your pantry. Its rich umami flavor adds depth and to dishes like mushroom soup, stews, marinades, and sauces. Packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, can help our healthy lifestyle.

What Does Mushroom Powder Taste Like?

Mushroom powder has a savory, earthy flavor, adding umami-like richness to food. The most common type of mushroom powder is made from dried porcini mushrooms, but other types such as shiitake, crimini and maitake can be used as well.

How To Use Mushroom Umami Powder?

The mushroom powder is a great way to get the benefits of mushrooms without having to cook and prepare them. Add one teaspoon to your favorite hot or cold beverage like coffee, tea, smoothie, or soup to utilize a mushroom powder.

Mix the mushroom powder with olive oil and spread it on toast or add it to salad dressings, sauces, or other recipes.

Try experimenting with different amounts and combinations of mushroom powders until you find what works best for you.

 For an extra nutrient boost, stir a teaspoon of mushroom powder into yogurt or overnight oats. The mushroom powder is also a great addition to savory dishes like bouillon, stews, and stir-fries for flavor and nutrition.

Mushroom powders with fresh pieces.
Powdered mushrooms

Dehydrating Different Mushroom Varieties

Dehydrating different mushroom varieties is an easy way to store mushrooms for an extended period. Dehydrated mushrooms retain most of their flavor and nutritional value, making them an excellent choice for cooking.

Once they are dry, store them in an airtight container or vacuum-seal bag until ready to use. They can be rehydrated by soaking in hot water for 20 minutes, depending on the variety of mushrooms. This method makes it easy to access delicious mushrooms all year round!

How To Make Mushroom Powder?

Let us dive directly into making your own mushroom powder following simple steps and video instructions for this easy powder recipe.

Our recipe calls for three types of mushrooms, but it is up to you which one you choose.

Mushroom dust in a black bowl.
Mushroom powders

Kitchen Gadgets Needed:

  • Dehydrator
  • Blender
  • Glass storage container

Ingredients needed:

*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS TO MAKE MUSHROOM SEASONING

First Step: Ingredients Needed

Prepare all types of fresh mushrooms you would like to dry. Pick the ones that are not damaged. Also, pick mostly porcini as they give us the most flavor. Apart from shiitake and porcini mushrooms, I added button mushrooms.

Mushroom powder recipe ingredients.
Mushroom dust

Second Step: Dehydrate

Using a kitchen towel, gently clean each mushroom. If there are any impurities, cut them out.

Slice your mushrooms into approximately half a millimeter or 1/4 of an inch thick and single layer one by one onto the dehydrating trays.

Place all trays on top of each other, close the lid and dehydrate for 6 to 7 hours.

Make sure you swap the trays from time to time for uniform drying.

Mushroom powders drying.
Powdered mushrooms

Third Step: Powder It

Once all the mushrooms are dried, let them cool and ensure they are fully dry. When you break a piece, it should snap with a crunch. That is the sign the slices are thoroughly dried.

Place whole dried porcinis and other dried mushrooms into your magic bullet of the coffee grinder and pulse a few times until they turn into a fine powder.

You can use a food processor or blender for powdering if you have a larger amount.

Let the powder settle for a few minutes, and only then open the lid. Fill up your jars and store them.

Mushroom dust blending.
Mushroom powders

TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Cleaning – Try to clean your mushrooms without using water. It helps in freshness as well as drying.
  • Type of mushrooms – try to use as many porcini mushrooms as possible for their excellent flavor
  • Grinding – if possible, grind dried mushroom pieces just before you need to use them. The flavor of freshly powdered mushrooms is extra flavorful. And you would not be left with too much mushroom powder.
  • Porcini – as porcinis are the strongest in mushroom flavor, you can make our recipe using only one type and separately powdered porcini mushrooms. Those can then be added whenever needed.
  • Opening – Wait to open the powder right after you grind your mushrooms. Let the powder to settle for a few minutes. Otherwise, the powder makes a big mess from the dust that it contains.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

What Dishes Can I Use Mushroom Seasoning For?

Mushroom seasoning can season all kinds of dishes in everyday cooking, from meats and stews to vegetables and sauces. Add umami to soups for an extra depth of flavor. When using mushroom seasoning in cooking, start with a small amount, as the flavor can become quite strong if too much is used.

A sprinkle of mushroom seasoning over pasta dishes or salads will add an umami depth that will please your taste buds. You can use it on grilled meats such as steak or chicken for an extra punch of flavor and roasted vegetables or potatoes for a delicious side dish. You could even make your mushroom-based sauces for a unique twist on classic recipes such as stuffed mushrooms.

Can You Use a Food Processor or a Blender to Make Powder?

Even though I have used magic bullets, there are other options for making powders from dehydrated food.

Blender, spice grinder, or food processor are great if you have more food to powder. In case only a handful, use a coffee grinder. They all blend everything into a finely ground powder.

How To Make Mushroom Salt?

Making homemade mushroom salt is an easy and delicious way to add flavor to use every day for your favorite dishes. First, you will need to gather some dried mushrooms. You can buy dried mushrooms at most local grocery stores, health food stores, or make your own.

Combine the mushroom powder with a good quality sea salt in a bowl, stirring until evenly mixed. You must know how much powder you use compared to the salt ratio. For a stronger flavor of mushrooms, I always go for at least 3/4 of the mushrooms compared to salt.

This flavorful seasoning can enhance any savory dish, from soups and stews to pasta and roasted vegetables. Use the powder salt on almonst any dish you desire. Store the mushroom salt in an airtight container for up to six months.

If you use other types of dried mushrooms, dry herbs such as dried thyme, dry red pepper, garlic, onion, etc., you can try making your own mushroom seasoning or umami-packed seasoning salt for everything. 

Powdered mushrooms with fresh porcini.
Mushroom powder recipe

How To Make Magic Mushroom Powder?

Using the same steps, just replacing ordinary mushrooms with magic mushrooms will give you the perfect powder you are looking for.

How To Dehydrate Mushrooms in The Oven?

Dehydrating mushrooms in the oven is a great way to preserve them for future use if you do not own a dehydrator.

Begin by preheating the oven to the lowest setting, usually around 140-170 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, lightly rinse and dry the mushrooms before cutting them into thin slices. Place the pieces on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for around 3-5 hours until they are completely dry.

Be sure to stir or flip the slices every hour or so to ensure even dehydration. Once done, remove from oven and allow to cool before storing in an airtight container in a cool and dry place for up to six months.

Using oven, you can also dry orange skin and later on blend it into a smooth orange peel powder, great as addition to your stews or chicken dishes or sprinkle over desserts for that additional color feature.

How To Store Mushroom Powder?

When storing mushroom powder, it is essential to keep it in an airtight container. This will help to preserve its flavor and potency while also preventing it from absorbing moisture and other contaminants from the environment. It should also be stored in a cool, dark place, such as a cupboard or pantry, away from direct sunlight.

Once you make your powder, you can transfer it into smaller containers to make it easier to measure portions when cooking. Additionally, if you make a considerable amount of mushroom powder, you can store the unused portion in the freezer for longer-term storage.

How To Rehydrate Dry Mushrooms?

Your dry mushrooms can be easily rehydrated by soaking them in hot water for approximately 20 minutes. Soaking time depends on the type of mushrooms and how thick or thin they are sliced before drying. 

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How To Make Mushroom Powder

Zuzana Paar
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Learn How To Make Mushroom Powder at home for a great seasoning. Dehydrate your seasonal harvest and have the best umami always available. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes
Course Sauces and Spices
Cuisine International
Servings 1 Cup
Calories 175 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 Cup Porcini Penny Bun
  • 1 Cup Shiitake Mushrooms
  • 1 Cup Champignons

Instructions
 

  • Prepare all types of fresh mushrooms you would like to dry. Pick the ones that are not damaged. Also, pick mostly porcini as they give us the most flavor.
  • Using a kitchen towel, gently clean each mushroom. If there are any impurities, cut them out. Slice your mushrooms into approximately half a millimeter or 1/4 of an inch thick and single layer one by one onto the dehydrating trays. Place all trays on top of each other, close the lid and dehydrate for 6 to 7 hours.
  • Once all the mushrooms are dried, let them cool and ensure they are fully dry. Place whole dried porcinis and other dried mushrooms into your magic bullet of the coffee grinder and pulse a few times until they turn into a fine powder.

Video

Notes

  • Cleaning – Try to clean your mushrooms without using water. It helps in freshness as well as drying.
  • Type of mushrooms – try to use as many porcini mushrooms as possible for their excellent flavor
  • Grinding – if possible, grind dried mushroom pieces just before you need to use them. The flavor of freshly powdered mushrooms is extra flavorful. And you would not be left with too much mushroom powder.
  • Porcini – as porcinis are the strongest in mushroom flavor, you can make our recipe using only one type and separately powdered porcini mushrooms. Those can then be added whenever needed.
  • Opening – Wait to open the powder right after you grind your mushrooms. Let the powder to settle for a few minutes. Otherwise, the powder makes a big mess from the dust that it contains.

Nutrition

Serving: 1TablespoonCalories: 175kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 45mgPotassium: 1679mgFiber: 9gSugar: 13gVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 2mg

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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