There's plenty of fun projects and delicious recipes to make the most of your dehydrated mushrooms! Cooking with dried mushrooms is an easy way to incorporate the nutritional and culinary benefits of mushrooms year-round.
How to use dried Reishi for tea:
For a large pot of tea (2 quarts) use approximately 1/4 of an ounce. If you're using our 1 ounce package, that means you'll need about 1/4 of the Reishi in the bag. If you're using the 4 ounce package and you don't have a kitchen scale, a nice handful will do - this doesn't need to be exact.
1. Break the Reishi antlers into small pieces (about 1/2 to 1 inch) and add to fresh filtered water in a stainless steel or heat-proof glass pot.
2. Turn heat to high until the water begins to boil, then turn down to low and allow to simmer covered for 30 minutes to 1 hour. The longer you simmer, the stronger the tea will be.
3. Strain the tea and allow to cool slightly before consuming.
To try something a little different, add slices of fresh ginger root to the simmering mushrooms and sweeten with raw honey; or simmer with chai spices for a warming winter brew.
You can also make your own dual-extracted Reishi tincture!
How to use dried Shiitake:
Shiitake is the oldest known cultivated mushroom in the world, and has been used as both food and medicine for thousands of years. It’s well-loved for its savory umami flavor and versatility in cooking.
To reconstitute dehydrated Shiitake, simply soak the mushrooms in hot water or broth for 15-30 minutes, then remove from the liquid and use as you would fresh mushrooms. The leftover soaking liquid can be used as a flavorful addition to soups & sauces.
Dried mushrooms can also be crushed up by hand or chopped and added straight into a simmering liquid or soup 15 minutes before serving.
For a simple and delicious way to add dried Shiitake to any meal, grind the dry mushrooms up using a coffee or spice grinder. Add this powder to a spice shaker and sprinkle onto your favorite dishes for a little extra umami power. You can even make your own blends by combining the dried Shiitake powder with salt and other savory herbs.
Shiitake is a very versatile mushroom - the distinctive woodsy flavor and meaty texture is a delicious addition to many meals.