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East Bay source for dried mushrooms in quantity?

lexdevil Feb 27, 2014 02:23 PM

Preferably porcini.

Not wholesale quantity, but the 8oz. - 1lb. I need when cooking for 70 people. Trying to avoid purchasing dozens of overpriced half ounce bags.

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    Bigjim68 RE: lexdevil Feb 27, 2014 02:33 PM

    Do you have a Costco nearby? I get them in 8 oz packages.

    Slightly over $10 if I remember correctly.

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      Robert Lauriston RE: Bigjim68 Feb 27, 2014 02:41 PM

      At which Costco have you seen porcini? I haven't seen them in a few years.

      I buy them in bulk at Berkeley Bowl.

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        kungful RE: Robert Lauriston Feb 27, 2014 06:56 PM

        I saw them last week at the Danville/San Ramon Costco

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          Robert Lauriston RE: kungful Feb 27, 2014 08:47 PM

          Anybody seen them in other branches lately? That's way off my usual rounds.

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          Bigjim68 RE: Robert Lauriston Feb 28, 2014 06:28 AM

          My experience with Costco is that they carry one at a time.

          The ones I have are mixed wild, but I have seen Porcini, Shitake, and others.

          I am in Richmond VA.

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          eatzalot RE: Bigjim68 Feb 27, 2014 06:14 PM

          Yes Costco has carried those big restaurant-sized bags from Urbani, the huge Italian wild-mushroom and truffle packer (might be 8oz. but I thought maybe heavier) -- jumbo version of the little bags they sell at delis and grocers. And indeed I have not shopped for them there recently, but Urbani distributes widely so they should be available from other retailers in large packaging too.

          They were labeled "product of Italy and China" and I am told that in practice, they're mostly from China.

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            PorkButt RE: Bigjim68 Mar 22, 2014 06:49 PM

            The Richmond Costco had 3 ounce packages of Urbani porcinis for $9.89 in the produce area. I looked over the labeling, in Italian except for a USDA nutrition info sticker, and there was no mention of country of origin.

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              Robert Lauriston RE: PorkButt Mar 23, 2014 12:48 PM

              The quality looks very high.

              On the Italian portion of Urbani's web site it says that they have plants in Bulgaria and Macedonia and the mushrooms come from the mountainous parts of the Balkans.

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            dordogne RE: lexdevil Feb 27, 2014 02:35 PM

            Berkeley Bowl has several varieties of dried mushroom (including porcini) in bulk; selection may vary between the two stories, so best to call ahead.

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              vulber RE: lexdevil Feb 27, 2014 02:50 PM

              most korean markets will probably have these.

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                Robert Lauriston RE: vulber Feb 27, 2014 02:55 PM

                Koreana Plaza has big bags of dried shitakes, but I haven't seen porcini.

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                Prabhakar Ragde RE: lexdevil Feb 27, 2014 05:40 PM

                Surfas has good prices online, but I don't know how fast you can get your order, if that's an issue.

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                  Rapini RE: lexdevil Feb 28, 2014 09:47 AM

                  Farmer Joe's in Oakland (Fruitvale store) has porcini in a bulk bin.

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