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source for high-quality dried mushrooms?

goodhealthgourmet Aug 17, 2007 04:24 PM

i'm extremely unhappy with the ones i've purchased @ surfas.

the 'forestier' blend was loaded with grit & woody stems, and the whole shiitakes were pretty much inedible.

anyone know where i can get some good dried gourmet mushrooms [i.e. porcini, chanterelle, etc.] that aren't appallingly expensive?

i'd try costo but i heard they discontiued their porcini, and i don't really need shiitakes. and i thought about picking up the ones i've seen @ trader joe's, but the packages are teeny.

thanks!

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    nick_r RE: goodhealthgourmet Aug 17, 2007 04:38 PM

    Wild Oats has a good selection.

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      goodhealthgourmet RE: nick_r Aug 17, 2007 05:10 PM

      thanks, i'm headed there right now!

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      trixie49 RE: goodhealthgourmet Aug 17, 2007 05:12 PM

      Really? I've been buying their porcini for years, with delicious results.

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        goodhealthgourmet RE: trixie49 Aug 17, 2007 08:17 PM

        yep. it was a real bummer because i love that place, and i buy so many great things there. if it had just been one variety i might have given them another try, but both were so bad! of course now you have me thinking i should take a chance on the porcini...

      2. Emme RE: goodhealthgourmet Aug 17, 2007 08:42 PM

        whole foods has a good selection
        gelson's
        bristol farms
        mitsuwa

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          Clinton RE: goodhealthgourmet Aug 18, 2007 09:04 PM

          If you're near LA Chinatown or SGV, try Wing Hop Fung for imported goods from the People's Republic. Prices are very competitive and the selection is wide for various grades of mushrooms. 99 Ranch Markets have shitake mushrooms in large bags but I don't know what your tolerance for quality is?

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            socal boy RE: goodhealthgourmet Aug 18, 2007 11:22 PM

            Nicole's in South Pasadena has a small selection at pretty good prices.

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