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Where to buy dried porcini mushrooms?

WilderPenfield Aug 22, 2010 10:24 AM

Looking for dried porcinis in large quanities, good quality and reasonable price, ideally near Brookline or Watertown. Any suggestions?

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  1. PinchOfSalt Aug 22, 2010 01:13 PM

    You might check Russo's. They normally stock such things, though the location in the store is often obscure and varies. In my experience, Russo's sells no junk and prices everything reasonable. Having said that, you may end up having to buy multiple small packages there.

    Your best bet may be to hop on the Green Line and hit the North End. I know it is not exactly the neighborhood where you were hoping to shop, but chances are you will easily find what you want there. J. Pace most likely has exactly what you want. Salumeria Italia is also worth trying.

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      Allstonian Aug 22, 2010 02:33 PM

      I bought a half-kilo (500 g/just over 1 pound) of dried porcini at Salumeria Italiana some time last year. It was a major grocery investment - about $50 - but they have been the best-quality dried porciini I've ever used. No woody bits, no waste, and incredible rich flavor. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

      Salumeria Italiana
      151 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109

      1. re: Allstonian
        StriperGuy Aug 23, 2010 06:33 AM

        I would love to compare real porcini to some of the Chinese dried mushrooms...

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      Bumblebutton Aug 22, 2010 01:26 PM

      Ocean State Job Lot in Dedham--30 grams/1.05 oz for $2.75--far cheaper and just as good as any where else I've purchased them.

      1. StriperGuy Aug 22, 2010 01:47 PM

        You can also substitute amazing dried mushrooms from a Chinese grocery for a fraction of the cost. Wouldn't surprise me if some of the Chinese varieties (help here?) are actually the same as porcini. I use the Chinese ones liberally in various cuisines and they are wonderful.

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          WilderPenfield Aug 23, 2010 09:57 AM

          Russo's to the rescue, I am pleased to report! Just under $40 a pound, even in smaller containers. I'll have a tast-off with the ones from Salumeria Italiana next time I'm in the North End. Re: Chinese dried mushroom, I've had some luck with them, but nothing that really replaces porcini.

          Salumeria Italiana
          151 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109

          1. re: StriperGuy
            Niblet Aug 23, 2010 01:28 PM

            +1. I get bags of 'em at H-Mart, wicked cheap.

            3 Old Concord Rd, Burlington, MA 01803

          2. C. Hamster Aug 23, 2010 12:16 PM

            They have them at my Stop and Shop ...

            I usually buy them at BJ's Warehouse.

            Nothing like hte ones I borught back from Italy, but not that bad for the price.

            1. nsenada Aug 23, 2010 12:19 PM

              Costco has them for pretty cheap - can't remember how much. They came from an eastern european country, the name of which escapes me. Perfectly serviceable for soups, stews, powderizing as a rub, etc.

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                PinchOfSalt Aug 23, 2010 03:35 PM

                Poland? Polish cepes are entirely okay, just as you say.

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                  nsenada Aug 24, 2010 10:17 AM

                  I think that's right - went to look at the big plastic sleeve, and realized I threw it away. Hard fo me to focus on dried porcinis, when I picked a bunch of post-rain chanterelles and black trumpets recently. They are so damned good, even if my dcs refused to eat them on stupid fear of death grounds.

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                    StriperGuy Aug 24, 2010 11:31 AM

                    Care to say where you found the chanterelles?

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                      nsenada Aug 24, 2010 12:06 PM

                      Yup - the woods behind Lakeside Drive in Boothbay Harbor, ME. You're welcome to forage, though you have to be careful - I think deer hunting season starts there soon. The day before we came back from vacation, I stumbled upon a huge number of young chanterelles on a mossy slope - those babies will be at their peak in a few days, I think.

              2. tatsu Aug 23, 2010 01:22 PM

                They moved some of the dried legumes and mushrooms near the produce section in Alewife's whole foods, with a lot more quantity. I am pretty sure I saw porcini threre.

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                1. re: tatsu
                  tatsu Aug 23, 2010 07:53 PM

                  I confirmed it myself tonight. 43 bucks a pound.

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                  bear Aug 23, 2010 01:22 PM

                  Dave's Fresh Pasta also sells them (pretty sure they're porcinis) in bulk at the pasta counter. I don't remember the price, but they were reasonable.

                  Dave's Fresh Pasta
                  81 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144

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