How To Dehydrate Chanterelles
If you found your way into this blog entry, the chances are you are here to learn more about how to dehydrate chanterelles. I have used multiple ways to dehydrate mushrooms. The best way, time and time again is to use a dehydrator to have that perfectly dry and dehydrated muhsrooms.
- Dehydrator Machine
There are important steps to keep in mind if you want the dehydration process for chanterelles (or any other mushrooms for that matter) to go smoothly. There is no need to deep wash or soak mushrooms in water in order to clean them. Remember that mushrooms are essentially like porous sponges. They’ll soak up a lot of water. Since we are trying to get rid of the the excess water, soaking the chanterelles in water might be a little counter productive. Just cleaning them off under a running water, or using a small brush to clean off the dirt should suffice. When you will get to cooking the dry mushrooms later, you can always further wash it off. If you absolutely must wash the mushrooms, make sure you thoroughly dry them with paper towels.
Slice mushrooms lengthwise at about 1/4 inch thickness. Smaller mushrooms can be kept without being cut. If they are small enough, their size will be sufficient enough to be dried wholly.
Employ your children or anyone idly zooming around to help you with stacking the chanterelles on the dehydrator nets. In this case my son had nothing better to do. So, I asked him to help me with the process of lining the mushrooms on the dehydrator nets/trays.
Place the nets inside the dehydrator machine and set the temperature accordingly. I set mine to 125F for 4 hours. Check every 2 hours to see the condition of the chanterelles. If not ready, set for another 2 hours.
You’ll know the mushrooms are dehydrated enough when the texture becomes leathery and the mushrooms snap like a cracker when bent. I let the mushrooms cool a bit and place them in an airtight container or a space saver bag for storage. Dehydrated chanterelles will store well in air-tight container.