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Feb 28, 2009 03:16 AM

need help making mushroom powder

bought some dried mixed mushrooms and want to make mushroom powder for sprinkling on foods, and adding to sauces.

before i grind them, should i roast them more in oven or skillet for added flavor, or is that simply going to burn them?


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  1. I can't remember who was doing it, but I know that I saw a TV chef making mushroom powder using a mini-food processor and suggesting that a spice grinder would also work, but you can't fit many dried mushrooms into most of them. No pre-toasting, just dried 'shrooms into the processor.

    I usually buy what looks like dried sliced portabella at the Chinese market and they pulverize easily in my mini-cuisinart. I recently got mixed dried shrooms at Costco and have not yet tried grinding them. Some of them are whole and may need some breaking up beforehand...

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    1. re: greygarious

      Rather than clean up the food processor;try , a press the lid coffee grinder .They aren't much for coffee beans.They are good for grinding spices,salt,sugar and dry mushrooms.
      I have 2 that are more than old enough to buy booze.To clean mill stale bread and or wipe with a $store paint brush,way easy and cheap

      1. re: lcool

        I use a coffee grinder also--cheap and works great!

    2. I recently made porcini powder to make a composed butter for fish and shellfish. I just put the dried porcinis in a dedicated coffee grinder that I use for spices. Worked perfectly. No cooking needed.

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      1. re: JoanN

        That's exactly how I do it also.

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        1. Dried ones are usually soaked in water, drained (leaving any sand behind), (minced) and added to stew/sauce early on. Chiles and some spices can be toasted, but I haven't seen any such recommendation for dried mushrooms. Grinding them into powder might work, but I think it is more of a modern innovation than a traditional use.

          1. What would you use this for exactly? I've never heard of mushroom powder.

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            1. re: cups123

              I grind dried porcini in a coffee/spice grinder with differents blends of herbs and/or spices to use as grilling rubs or to mix into risottos, smashed potatoes, etc. I also mix up batches to add to Christmas gift baskets, due to popular demand. Awesome!

              1. re: cups123

                The first time I had it it was mixed with a small amount of seasoned flour and used as a dredge for pan-fried scallopini.

                1. re: cups123

                  I use it in any stew or pasta sauce where I am also using whole mushrooms. It just adds another dimension of mushroominess to the liquid. It's also good in beef stew or other dishes that can always have another boost of umami.