By Helen Witty and Elizabeth Schneider
Used for their concentrated flavor—not to replace fresh mushrooms when these are a key ingredient—dried mushrooms are convenient to have on hand and simple to prepare. They can be added, as is, to long-simmered foods; or, if you prefer, soak them for a few minutes in warm water before adding them to the pot. Use the flavorful soaking liquid, too, or save it for soup.
Thoroughly dried mushrooms can easily be powdered to make a highly concentrated fl