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Old 09-23-2015, 07:23 PM
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Default Picking wild mushrooms

These are photos from several years ago, which I thought I'd posted on this forum.

Saliha and Johnny prompted me to look up the pictures.

Mushrooming is like a treasure hunt, when you know what you're doing!

After the fun of finding them, comes the chore of cleaning them and dehydrating them.

But they are SO worth it!

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Old 09-24-2015, 04:14 AM
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Looks nice, a lot of boletus I think.

I too like boletus, but also milk caps and chanterelles.
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Old 09-24-2015, 07:31 AM
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That was a nice haul.

I dried some morels this spring and will use them spaghetti sauce this winter. A lot of people are raising their own around here but I don't have a basement or garage space to do that.

I like the ink caps, too, and were quite common in Iowa where I grew up.

Hunting mushrooms is very competitive in the NW and people have been attacked by other pickers that do it commercially to sell to Asian grocery stores. It's the same with wild huckleberry picking, too. I've not done it in years but I have gone to Mt. Rainier to pick berries and it's not a problem there.

I kept driving by this and never cut it, then it got too old. There was just too much food on the menu here and it wasn't in the mix. I should have cut it and dried it or tried freezing it. I don't have that mush experience so passed.

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I was looking for some mushrooms today but there weren´t much. Anyways, I got some fresh air and exercise.

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(The knife is for mushrooms, not because of other mushroom hunters.)


Milk caps:



Russula decolorans:




Here is the result - not much but enough for one mushroom sauce (with onion and cream - yummy):



My mushroom forest:

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Old 09-24-2015, 11:09 AM
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So cool to be able to talk with and compare photos with other mushroomers!

Lovely pictures, Johnny and Saliha!

Johnny, somewhere else on NCT, I posted a link to the great book I read about mushroom hunters in the NW, that you might find interesting. I was fascinated! I think I may have donated the book to the Vietnam Vets, but if I still have it, I'll let you know and will send it to you. Amazon Amazon
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There are lots of wild mushrooms here in my area of East Texas. I never pick them because I don't know one from another. I have tried to find some mushroom folks here but have not yet. I was hoping to learn from someone. CF
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they used to grow in my Parent's yard. i'm afraid of them. afraid that i'll see colors & cartoons that don't exist. i was taught how to pick a mushroom as opposed to a 'shroom, tho. i suppose that my Parents tossing me into girl scout camp may have made an impression.
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Fried mushrooms with onion and herbs:

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My bud in Iowa found this one yesterday - I need to ask him but he gets one like this every year and think it's from the same spot - it's over 20 pounds. BTW, we've been friends for over 50 years.

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Old 11-04-2015, 12:40 PM
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Holy cow! Johnny, please ask him how he's going to use it!

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It will take me a few minutes but will post some more of his pictures of dishes which I have to download from text. I know some will be dried and he will make your mushroom soup as soon as I send him your recipe. His wife is a dentist and they are going to D.C. today for a dental conference. He's retired from the state but acts as her office "person" now.
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Here it is harvested and in the back of his truck.

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This is the rooster he shot two days ago, his first in almost 2 years.

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Old 11-04-2015, 01:42 PM
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Their lunch was scrambled eggs and mushroom with a pork steak on the side.

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Here is a pheasant leg/thigh and mushroom gravy. I'd like some of this!!!

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Here is an interesting blog. The mushroom strudel sounds delightful.

http://fat-of-the-land.blogspot.com

My bud in Iowa canned the rest of that big hen of the woods for future use this winter.
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Old 11-28-2015, 05:32 PM
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Great photos, Johnny!

I discovered that my stash of dried mushrooms was not only smaller than I thought, but I was out of all the ones I'd picked. The packaged mushrooms I had left were wormy-mothy!

Just bought a new supply from Atlantic Spice Company. I am not impressed with the variety in the "Wild Forest" package - too many shitake and wood ears, and at $8.00 for 4 oz. they are overpriced.

But the 8 oz. of porcinis at $11 is good price.

I will have to get off my duff and hit the woods next summer!

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I saw this morel on facebook today. It was found in Missouri.
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Oh my gosh! Is that for real?? I hope they sold it to a restaurant!

I've been keeping my eyes open on my walks near the woods, but nothing. Might help if I went IN the woods.

I really wish I had more of a hint as to where to look!

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My friend found these in his backyard (Eastern Iowa) today.
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Oh, come on! I can't believe these are so difficult for me to find!

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My bud found another small mess today which are going in the freezer for future use.
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Was the second batch from his backyard, too????

What kind of yard does he have that encourages morels? What kind of trees, soil, regular lawn?

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heheheheh, he lives next to an 80 + woods with lots of dead and blow down trees. He has it all; mushrooms, deer, ramps, coons, turkey, rabbits, and squirrels. He owns over 10 acres and has three connected farm ponds.

His yard is a series of gardens, prairie grass, trees, and cover. He likes to live off the fat of the land.
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heheheheh, he lives next to an 80 + woods with lots of dead and blow down trees. He has it all; mushrooms, deer, ramps, coons, turkey, rabbits, and squirrels. He owns over 10 acres and has three connected farm ponds.

His yard is a series of gardens, prairie grass, trees, and cover. He likes to live off the fat of the land.
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They did well again this year.

Tuesday morning, when I was about to leave for the fishing trip, my neighbor came over with a bag of morels he found in the gravel beside his driveway. A few years ago we found a dozen small ones. These are much bigger.

Tonight is mushrooms and scrambled eggs with a side of bacon.
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Lovely, I am seriously jealous. Only way we can get fresh morels is to have some overnighted.
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