Dating back thousands of years the dried shiitake has been used in medicine and cooking throughout Eastern Asia. The mushroom was often ground up or used in teas and prescribed for respiratory infections, to improve blood circulation, and to prevent aging. The fact that it tasted so otherworldly that it was thought to be a gift from the gods made it a medicine that many were happy to take.
The shiitake is a mushroom that is always preferred dried over fresh. Dried and reconstituted, the mushroom has a far more intense flavor and the broth can be used for deglazing pans and adding to soup stocks. The woody stems are often discarded before drying as they’re usually inedible. The flavor is incredibly savory and umami-centric with hints of beef.
|Ingredients||Dried shiitake mushrooms.|
|Recommended Applications||When paired with rice pilaf, stir-fry, or risotto these Shiitake Mushrooms impart their earthy, full-bodied flavor. Infusing soups or sauces with their umami flavor or with chick or steak dinners.|
|Dietary||May Contain Naturally Occurring Sulfites|
|Basic Preparation||Rule of thumb, 1 oz. of dry mushrooms reconstitutes to 3-4 oz. of mushrooms. To prepare, start by rinsing the product in cold, running water to remove any debris. To reconstitute, put the desired amount of mushrooms to be used in a bowl, cover with boiling water and then let them soak for 15-20 minutes prior to draining.|
|Qualities||All Natural, Gluten-Free, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO|
|Cuisine||American, Asian, Chinese, European, French|
|Handling / Storage||Store in a cool, dry place.|
|Shelf Life||2 Years|
|Country of Origin||China|
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