Mushrooms in Brine

For Winter Use

5 minutes. Mushrooms, in brine: 5 minutes.

Ingredients

  • Mushrooms, 1 quart
  • water, ½ gallon
  • salt, ½ lbs.
  • peppercorns, 1 small dessertspoonful
  • mace, 2 blades
  • ginger, 1 race:

Method

We have had small mushroom-buttons excellently preserved through the winter prepared as follows, and we therefore give the exact proportions which we had used for them, though the same quantity of brine would possibly allow of rather more mushrooms is it. Prepare them exactly as for the preceding pickle, and measure them after the stems are taken off. For each quart, boil together for five minutes two quarts of water, with half a pound of common white salt, a small dessertspoonful of white peppercorns, a couple of blades of mace, and a race of ginger; take off the scum thoroughly, and throw in the mushrooms; boil them gently for about five minutes, then put them into well-warmed, wide-necked bottles, and let them become perfectly cold; pour a little good salad-oil on the top, cork them with new corks, and tie bladder over, or cover them with two separate bladders. When wanted for use, soak the mushrooms in warm water until the brine is sufficiently extracted.