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Dec 4, 2013 06:24 AM

Where to get dried mushrooms like Costco used to sell?

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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    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

          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.