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ISO Fresh Porcini Mushrooms

David Kahn Jul 23, 2013 08:28 AM

Found some a couple of weeks back at the Whole Foods on Alewife Parkway in Cambridge, but wonder if there is a more reliable source. Any suggestions?

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  1. opinionatedchef Jul 23, 2013 09:40 PM

    david, not to dissuade you, but the shroomers i know think porcini are better dried than fresh; more concentrated smoky flavor.

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    1. re: opinionatedchef
      David Kahn Jul 24, 2013 09:59 AM

      Thanks OC. I like dried porcinis better for things like soups and sauces, but fresh ones, sauteed in butter or olive oil, and served over a couple of fresh scrambled eggs, are really something special.

      1. re: David Kahn
        opinionatedchef Jul 24, 2013 09:41 PM

        hmmmm yummOla!

      2. re: opinionatedchef
        MartyF1112 Jul 24, 2013 01:01 PM

        I had fresh porcini in Italy last week...there is no comparison. Fresh are way better.

      3. steinpilz Jul 25, 2013 07:19 AM

        The Whole Foods on River Street also has good mushrooms, and you might call Savenors on Charles Street - they are very likely to have fresh porcini.

        I prefer fresh - they're more fun to cook, the flavour is good, and they are a seasonal speciality. You might also look in a farmers market as they come up at this time of year.


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