Dried Grade B Porcini Mushrooms
Our Dried Porcini Mushrooms are the quintessential dried mushroom. Their rich, earthy flavor and heady aroma are immediately identifiable as mushroom.
Dried Porcini Mushrooms are often reconstituted by soaking in warm or even boiling water until softened. Reconstituted Porcini Mushrooms are frequently chopped before they (and their delicious soaking liquid) are used in recipes. Porcinis are a classic addition to risotto, pasta dishes, soups and stews.
To reconstitute, place Dried Porcini Mushrooms in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Soak for 6 to 9 minutes, stirring occasionally. Rinse well. Note: if using soaking liquid in recipe, discard material that may settle in bottom of bowl.
Storage & handling
Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
The name "porcini" is Italian for "little piglet,” but actually refers to several varieties of mushrooms. The porcini most familiar to American consumers is the Boletus edulis, also known as King Bolete, Cep, and Penny Bun mushrooms. Porcini Mushrooms are among the most highly aromatic and flavorful of all mushrooms available commercially. They have a rich, nutty aroma reminiscent of the wooded hillsides on which they grow and a deep, meaty flavor. Porcinis grow in a symbiotic relationship with trees and are often found poking up out of the discarded leaves beneath their branches. They are closely related to bolete mushrooms, and when fresh the two varieties can best be differentiated by the gills hanging from the bottom of porcinis' caps, while boletes have a spongy network of tubes.
The gentle drying process intensifies both the aroma and flavor of dried porcini mushrooms with the added benefit of preserving them for future uses. Dried porcini mushrooms can be used in nearly all preparations calling for fresh porcinis. In cuisine, the Porcini mushroom is characterized by a strong, nutty flavor and its versatility of use in a variety of different preparations and cooking methods. Porcini Mushrooms are graded according to their size, color, aroma and other factors. We carefully source our Porcini Mushrooms from a variety of international vendors to guarantee our supply of the finest Grade B Porcinis available.
How to use Porcini Mushrooms? This rich, Italian-style pot roast is how. Porcini Mushrooms, tomatoes and red wine create an incredible slow-braised comfort food classic.