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Where to get dried mushrooms like Costco used to sell?

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  • 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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  1. http://www.theposter.com/mushroom2.html

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

    1. 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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      1. re: pumpkinspice

        Soup. Pasta. Broth. Million ways.

        1. re: pumpkinspice

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

        2. 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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          1. re: weezieduzzit

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

          2. 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.

            1. I think my Costco carries the mixed mushrooms.

              They are staple in my kitchen.

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              1. re: Bigjim68

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

                1. re: helou

                  Richmond, va

              2. Order them:

                http://www.amazon.com/Roland-Dried-Sh...

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

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                  1. re: boogiebaby

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

                    1. re: boogiebaby

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

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

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

                          http://www.olivenation.com/Porcini-Mu...

                          1. 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.