First of all, I want to let you know that I am not an expert when it comes to morel mushrooms; however, I do know that you should NOT eat them unless they are cooked. I also know that you should not clean them until you are ready to actually cook them. Why not? Well, because when you clean morels, they tend to absorb some water. The absorption of water may then cause the morels to mold or rot. Therefore, you should store them until you are ready to cook them.
How do you store morel mushrooms? Storing morels is quite simple. All you need to do is place them in your refrigerator in a paper (not plastic) bag or in a container with its lid loosely closed. You do not want to store them in a plastic bag or a sealed container because those storage methods will draw moisture, which will cause the morels to mold or rot. When stored properly, morels will keep for several days.
How do you clean morel mushrooms? Cleaning morel mushrooms is a debatable issue and I’m not going to tell you which cleaning method you should or shouldn’t use; however, I will tell you the methods that I have been told by others – I’ll let you decide which cleaning method you want to use.
1) Brush the morels with a dry or damp paper towel.
2) Quickly rinse the morels and pat them dry with a paper towel.
3) Soak the morels in ice water for ten minutes and pat dry.
4) Soak the morels in cold salt water for ten minutes and pat dry.
Here is why the cleaning of morels is debatable: 1) morels absorb and soak up water; therefore, if you soak them in water, they will absorb that water and they will lose their true taste; 2) morels are very delicate and should be handled with care; therefore, you should not pat or rub them with paper towels; and 3) morels contain a lot of little insects; therefore, brushing them does not rid the morels of the insects that they contain. How do I clean morel mushrooms? Well, when I’m lucky enough to find morels, I utilize the quick rinse and pat dry method. Some of my family utilizes the soak in cold salt water method. Both methods produce great tasting fried mushrooms, so I’ll let you decide which one will work best for you.
How do you cook morel mushrooms? Morels can be used in a variety of dishes, just as mushrooms you purchase from the grocery store; however, most individuals who “hunt” morels, fry them. I’m sure that there are multiple variations of how to fry morels, but I’m going to tell you how my family fries them.
- Clean the morels.
- Slice the morels in half lengthwise.
- Coat the morels in all-purpose flour.
- Heat a large skillet and melt 3-4 tablespoons of butter (you may need to add more butter depending on how many morels you are frying).
- Place the morels in the heated skillet and brown on both sides.
- Sprinkle fried morels with salt and pepper.
- Serve and enjoy!
If you have a favorite morel mushroom recipe that you’d like to share or you would like to share how you clean morel mushrooms, please comment below!