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Where to get dried mushrooms like Costco used to sell?

helou Dec 4, 2013 06:24 AM

Costco used to sell a large-ish plastic container that had a nice mix of various dried mushrooms, including shitakes. Then they sold a smaller container with only sliced shitakes, but those (by Shiitake-Ya) were recalled because of a possible fungicide contamination.
I haven't been able to find anything similar since then. The Asian markets sell only huge bags of dried shitake mushrooms, or I can get those very little containers - I think they're dried porcinis.
I use them to give my mushroom soup a more intense flavor.
Any tips?

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    HillJ RE: helou Dec 4, 2013 06:26 AM


    I buy vanilla bean, saffron and dried mushrooms from here. High quality, excellent service, knowledgeable owner.

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      pumpkinspice RE: helou Dec 4, 2013 06:51 AM

      I have a big container sitting in my pantry (from over year ago but I am guessing they do not spoil) and I have no idea how to use it! Any ideas?

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        youareabunny RE: pumpkinspice Dec 4, 2013 07:11 AM

        Soup. Pasta. Broth. Million ways.

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          weezieduzzit RE: pumpkinspice Dec 4, 2013 07:13 AM

          They're a great addition to mushroom stroganoff. The add depth and umami, especially if you strain and add the soaking liquid.

        2. weezieduzzit RE: helou Dec 4, 2013 07:02 AM

          Some Asian markets have huge bags of more dried mushrooms than just shiitakes. Maybe try another market if you're only seeing those. If not, HillJ's link is a good one to bookmark.

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            helou RE: weezieduzzit Dec 4, 2013 11:03 AM

            Thanks. It's just those huge bags are just too huge, even for a Costco shopper like me. :-)

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            small h RE: helou Dec 4, 2013 10:17 AM

            I recently discovered Roland Mixed Wild Mushrooms, 40g (about a cup) for $4.29, in the kosher section of my local supermarket. There's wood ear, oyster, porcini and some other stuff in there.

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              Bigjim68 RE: helou Dec 4, 2013 10:22 AM

              I think my Costco carries the mixed mushrooms.

              They are staple in my kitchen.

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                helou RE: Bigjim68 Dec 4, 2013 11:07 AM

                Where is your Costco? I'm in New Jersey.

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                  Bigjim68 RE: helou Dec 4, 2013 06:14 PM

                  Richmond, va

              2. chowser RE: helou Dec 4, 2013 12:22 PM

                Order them:


                1. boogiebaby RE: helou Dec 4, 2013 01:29 PM

                  You can get dried mixed mushrooms at Trader Joe's.

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                    fldhkybnva RE: boogiebaby Dec 4, 2013 05:09 PM

                    I was going to mentioned TJs as well. At my local store, they are near the pasta and canned fish.

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                      Ttrockwood RE: boogiebaby Dec 4, 2013 09:50 PM

                      Yup- the packets are small and pretty cheap, but stock up if you like them....TJ's discontinues stuff without warning.

                    2. KarenDW RE: helou Dec 5, 2013 12:37 AM

                      Our local Whole Foods carry dried mushrooms from a regional producer. Maybe yours does too?

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                        helou RE: helou Dec 6, 2013 06:40 AM

                        Thank you, all. I didn't think of TJ's and Whole Foods.

                        I do order things online, but generally run out of stuff, or suddenly decide to cook something, at the last minute on Saturday night or Sunday, and just want to be able to run our and buy what I need.

                        1. Bada Bing RE: helou Dec 6, 2013 10:39 AM

                          I've got great mail-order mushrooms twice from these folks, Olive Nation:


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                            ronjm RE: helou Apr 10, 2014 06:22 PM

                            I miss the Costco shrooms too. Something I used to do was I put them into my electric spice grinder and turned them into a powder. The powder added a lot of flavor depth to sauces and did a nice job of thickening.

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