Pink Dogwood Leaves

Pink Dogwood Leaves
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Friday, October 31, 2014

Cleaning and processing Chantrelle mushrooms

If you are lucky enough to find some of these delectable forest treats, then you need to clean them so you can eat them, and dry or freeze them. I think the most important rule is to keep everything dry.Introducing water makes a mess. Dry brushes are the best tools for the job. I picked my mushrooms in an old growth forest where I felt their surroundings were pretty pristine. That really helps to know they are free from pollution. The ones I picked were covered with fir needles, some dirt, and bits of this and that from the trees above. No bugs. Again, that helps to know they are ready to clean the rest of the way. I haven't seen bugs on Chantrelles, but I guess there cold be anything that might be in the woods anyway. So using a stiff painting brush, I start sweeping the debris away. If there is any convolution with dirt in it, I use the tip of my knife to flick it out. I can also use the side of the blade to scrape lightly if there is any tissue brown or damaged. As a last result, I can trim any of the mushroom off that isn't going to clean up.

Cut clean mushrooms into thick slices for drying or chunks for freezing. I dry saute the chunks until they have reabsorbed the moisture that fills in around them as they are cooking. They are a wonderful addition to spaghetti, pizza, stroganoff, or any other meat dish.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Diary 10/30/14

Fresh out of the forest floor duff, these Chantrelles were hiding until uncovered. We found over seven pounds of both choice white Chantrelles and the more common plain yellow Chantrelles this afternoon at about 4000 foot level. It has not been very cold yet and with a couple days break from rain, they were just popping up and in perfect condition. Now to clean them and get them ready for the next step...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Diary 10/29/14

"Red skies in the morning, sailors take warning..." It is so gloomy, it might as well rain!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Diary 10/28/14

With all the rain and warm temperatures, there are several mushrooms popping up. So far nothing I know to be edible, but maybe if I take a drive up to the high terrain and old growth trees, I could find some Chantrelles~

Monday, October 27, 2014

Diary 10/27/14

The trees had been turning brown in lieu of a fall color show, but now the rain seems to have slowed everything down. The bit of color is coming slowly and as we have not had a freeze, the leaf fall has been minimum except where the winds have helped to release the oak leaves from their branches.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Diary 10/22/14

I have returned from a northern sojourn to see old friends and young grandchildren. It was a wonderful visit, though I am left a little melancholy for not living closer and being more a part of their lives. For now, the brief time will have to suffice to remind them all how much I love them.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Diary 10/16/14

Going far a'field for a few days...