These whole Shiitake mushroom caps are easy to reconstitute for gourmet cooking. Shiitakes are some of the most popular and prized edible mushrooms for gourmet cooking.
he Shiitake Mushroom (Lentinula edodes) is used heavily in East Asia and China. Soups, stews, stir-fried, grilled, or baked the Shiitake is very versatile and highly sought. It is one of the most popular culinary gourmet mushrooms in the world. Also known as the black forest mushroom, many people perfer drying and re-constituting shiitake mushrooms as opposed to using fresh. Many claim that the drying process enhances the umami flavor of the shiitake. These whole mushrooms have the stems trimmed, as most people discard the stems of the shiitake in cooking, as they tend to be tough.
To Reconstitute: Thoroughly rinse the shiitake mushrooms. Take rinsed mushrooms and soak 8 ounces of liquid per 1 ounce for 20 minutes. Alternatively, mushrooms may also be soaked in milk in the fridge overnight. Strain mushrooms from liquid using a strainer, colander or other filter, and keep liquid for future recipes. To store reconstituted shiitakes, keep in an air-tight container in a dry, cool place.
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