An in depth look at Dehydrated Porcini, their benefits and why everyone should have these within their store cupboard.

An in depth look at Dehydrated Porcini, their benefits and why everyone should have these within their store cupboard.

Introduction

Dried porcini mushrooms, also known as Boletus edulis, or sometimes as Ceps, are a popular and versatile ingredient in the culinary world, especially within French and Italian Cuisine. These flavorful fungi are prized for their rich, earthy taste and meaty texture, making them a favorite among chefs and home cooks alike. We personally like to us them in dishes such as Porcini risottos, they are a very handy ingredient to have in your store cupboard as usually these are sold dehydrated, so whenever you need them, you can easily rehydrated your porcini so they are ready for use.


Porcini Mushroom Information

Dried Porcini mushrooms cannot be grown commercially or via mushroom growing kits, whilst we would love to produce a porcini mushroom growing kit, no one has managed to solve this one just yet, but in the future who knows! The issue stopping this from being possible is that in order to grow, porcini have a symbiotic relationship with the root network of certain species of trees, without this, they cannot grow.

This means that Porcini have to be meticulously foraged and harvested in the wild, unfortunately this does mean this mushroom is more premium in price than other mushrooms, however the taste is really worth it. The best value to buy dry porcini mushrooms is in bulk, we sell a kilo for £60.00.

In order to preserve their flavor and nutrients they have to first be cleaned and then dehydrated, drying porcini is an important step for preserving this fantastic mushroom and without drying many people would never get to experience the taste of porcini. 


Where to buy Porcini Mushrooms?

Fresh Porcini tend to be reserved for foragers and what lucky friends they may share them with, or the chefs of high end restaurants who are lucky enough to get hold of these prized fungi. You would be hard pushed to find fresh porcini within supermarkets, however many now do stock dried porcini, however having seen some of the supermarket offerings, these dried porcini are usually pieces rather than nice full slices of porcini, so are less than ideal for cooking with.

Not all dried porcini is equal, they are graded in quality so do bear in mind the price, if it is too good to be true, it likely is. All of our porcini is sourced by reputable suppliers and we only ever buy the premium, top graded porcini, no one wants tiny pieces of porcini do they!

As we stock a wide range of dried mushrooms within our webstore, we can vouch that porcini keep their taste and very well, arguably better than most other varieties of dehydrated mushrooms.


Ways to enjoy Dried Porcini

Whilst it is common to see whole, sliced pieces of dehydrated porcini mushrooms, you'll will also see them in seasoning grinders, mustards and our personal favorite, as a Dried Porcini Mushroom Powder.Porcini Mushroom Powder
It is a handy way to add mushroom flavor to any dish, the fine powder dissolves and incorporates easily when cooking and adds a real depth of umami flavor. From risottos to stews and pies, you can use dried porcini powder where ever you want to add a real mushroom flavour.


What are the Benefits of Porcini Mushroom?

- Rich in flavor: Dried porcini mushrooms have a deep, umami flavor that adds complexity to dishes.

- Nutrient-dense: Packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, dried porcini mushrooms offer a range of health benefits to suit a balanced diet.

- Versatile: Dried porcini mushrooms can be used in a variety of dishes, from soups and stews to risottos and pasta sauces.

- Long shelf life: Dried porcini mushrooms have a long shelf life, making them a convenient pantry staple.


How to use Dried Porcini Mushrooms?

- Rehydrating: To use dried porcini mushrooms, simply soak them in hot water / milk or cream for about 20-30 minutes until they are soft and plump. Make sure you do not throw away the liquid as this will be packed full of flavour, perfect for stocks / sauces.

- Flavor enhancer: Dried porcini mushrooms can be used to add depth and richness to sauces, soups, and stews.

- Meat substitute: Dried porcini mushrooms can be used as a meat substitute in vegetarian and vegan dishes, as they are prized in these communities thanks to their meaty texture and umami flavor.


We hope this article will have answered your questions regarding porcini mushrooms, however if you have any other questions please do get in touch with us and we will get back to you. If you are looking to buy Dried Porcini Mushrooms, or dried mushrooms in general, please check out our range of dried mushrooms within our store.

250g Dried Porcini Mushroom Pot

Authored by: Kieran Rucklidge