Morel mushroom recipes are a springtime delicacy that is foraged from the woods of a few lucky hunters. Packed with flavor, these recipes highlight the mushrooms earthy profile.
My family and I look forward to the morel mushroom season every year. We pray that my husband can find at least one batch of mushrooms for us.
Memories of cooking my first morels of the year go back more than 20 years. As a child, my family would take camping trips with other family members just to search for these mushrooms.
After spending countless hours foraging the Michigan woods my mother used to fry-up our wild food over an open campfire. A morel here and a morel there, seems to be the trend these days when searching for the springtime mushroom of North America.
Where Do Morels Grow Best?
You will find Michigan morel mushrooms in the springtime. The weather plays a large part on how plentiful the crop will be.
Warm temperatures and wet conditions help the caps pop from the ground. Cold and dry spring weather will mean that the conditions are not right for the morels to grow.
Morels grow best in wooded areas that have been burned by fire and new growth begins to come to life. For more information, go here.
Why Are Morels So Expensive?
Morels are so expensive because of the supply and demand of the tasty mushroom. Hunters just can’t seem to find enough! Especially if Michigan spring weather does not corporate.
When hunting for the allusive morels, this question seems to always come up. What is the difference between false morels and true morels? For a free fact sheet, click here.
How to Clean Morel Mushrooms
When finding morel mushrooms, you should always carry a bag such as an onion mesh bag to put your treasures in.
This is because when you are out hunting and depositing your mushrooms into your bag the spores from the morels will fall to the forest ground. Hence, spreading the morels “seeds” promoting future growth for years to come.
To clean your mushroom, fill your sink with cold water. Add a couple tablespoons of salt to the water and stir to dissolve.
We prefer to slice our mushrooms in half and then toss them into the saltwater. Let them soak for about 10 minutes occasionally tossing the mushrooms around in the sink.
The reason you are soaking your mushrooms in cold saltwater is to kill any bugs that may be hiding in the cracks. After soaking, place on a paper towel lined sheet pan.
Gently dry with another paper towel or by flipping. We have stored our cleaned mushrooms in the refrigerator for up to a couple of days.
There are many ways that you can cook morels. This collection of recipes will help you decide how to cook your mushrooms.
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