Smoke/Dehydrate fresh Morel Mushrooms

Discussion in 'Side Items' started by driedstick, May 31, 2016.

  1. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    So went camping this weekend with some great friends and did some mushroom hunting,,,, Well this is just part of them,, We were on 4 wheelers and went 5 miles in 5hrs!!!! Morels and Cauliflower mushrooms every where,,, We probably ended up with approx 30/bs of the large Cauliflower shrooms and around 6lbs of morels,, there were four of us picking.

    This is just part of mine,,, [​IMG]

    So, I cut them in half length ways after cleaning well. then put on rack and into the smoker (vents open) for 2hrs at 135,

    After two hrs I put some pit masters smoke on them for about 2hrs,,, 

    Here are some pics 

    Above is my small hometown, Town elevation is 3000ft,,, From where I took the picture at was 6100ft. 

    Our crew,,, as you see on the from of my wheeler is a garbage sack full of Cauliflower Shrooms 

    One batch 

    cut in half 

    I did just one rack,,, just to see how they would turn out.

    above pic is starting to dehydrate and lower is 12hrs at 135* 

    These will be good mixed with pepper corns in a grinder or store for a soup or stew this fall

    Going out again this next weekend to find more 

    I know my smoker is not full [​IMG]

    Thanks for looking 

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  2. That's a great score!!!

    Another couple of months and the huckleberries will be ready...
  3. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, ya about a month here for the huckleberris,, we looked at the bushes this weekend and the berries are forming now,, around 1st of July for where were picking shrooms that the berries will be coming 

  4. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    DS They do not grow on the East Coast that I know of.Nice score

  5. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dang it,,, they sure are good,,, I know in the stores they are very spendy... Commercial hunters over here.

  6. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What a great haul and well treated. Points, DS.

  7. fpmich

    fpmich Smoking Fanatic

    A man after my own heart.  MORELS!

    I never thought about smoking them.  I'll have to give that a try if we ever get a decent season again in Michigan.  Ash Borers have decimated our forest of host trees for black morels.  Dutch Elm disease, the whites/yellows.  Will the blacks find new host trees?  Don't know.  I do find yellow morels in stands of Maple, but not like with the Elms.

    I usually dry my morels first then snap the stems off, and use those stems, to grind into morel powder for use for soups, stews, sprinkle on steaks, and etc.

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