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Which Mushrooms Freeze Best?

So today I took an inventory of our freezer to see which types of mushrooms survived deep freeze better than others. I was quite disappointed to see that the only species that really “made it” throughout the winter was Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sp.). In fact, 90% showed no signs of degradation at all, however I did note a trend that the fresher it was frozen the better it held up. This is very promising as Chickens don’t dehydrate well *at all* (they become papery and gritty when they’re rehydrated, no matter for how long). Chicken “ends,” i.e. the bits that are corky to begin with and are destined for making into broth, work well when they’re dehydrated and then boiled in water to make soup, however they need to be scooped out after they’ve imparted their flavor to the broth as they are simply inedible.

All of our Oysters (Pleurotus sp.), Honey Mushrooms (Armillaria sp., including E./A. abortivum), Meadow Mushrooms (Agaricus campestris), and Puffballs (Calvatia sp., Vacellum sp. etc) didn’t make it through the winter months without serious freezer burn or going stale, no matter how well-packed they were.

All of our Hen of the Woods (Maitake / Grifola frondosa) that was in the freezer didn’t do so well either, but the dried Hens are still great, sealed in airtight mason jars.

This upcoming year I’ll be experimenting with more dehydration.


On a More Sobering Note…

Today I saw my father off to open heart surgery and at 5:30 he came out well.

Now begins the healing process, and I sincerely hope that he gets out of Robert Wood Johnson as swiftly as possible, without a hospital infection, and on the road to recovery.

The hardest part, for him, will be taking things easy for the next 6 months.

The hardest part, for the rest of the family, will be making sure that he’s taking things easy for the next 6 months. ๐Ÿ™‚



I have a ridiculous number of mushroom photos I need to post, but my wife and I came across something truly awesome on the magnitude that other things can wait.

ย Moonbow on topMoonbow on bottom

What you are looking at above is known as a “moonbow,” the moon’s counterpart to the rainbow. Sometimes it appears as an arc in foggy weather. We were astounded to see a nearly-full moon so high in the sky that it created a perfect circle.


I was also lucky enough to grab it on digital film, albeit in several shots. The darn thing was too big for the the camera’s lens. ๐Ÿ™‚