Every year we have a vegetable garden and I preserve what we don’t eat fresh. There are some things that we don’t grow, so I look for those items on sale and buy in bulk to preserve. Last week my local Aldi had mushrooms on sale for 89¢ a pack so I purchased 7 packs to dehydrate.
I first washed and drained them thoroughly, making sure that I got all of the dirt off of them. Then I proceeded to slice them and arrange them on my dehydrator trays.
The first time that I dehydrated mushrooms I sliced them too thin, so this time I made them a little thicker. It took me several days to dry two batches of these “shrooms” since I only have one dehydrator. It is so worth the effort and time to me.
This is one of those half gallon canning jars and it is over half full of mushrooms. Seven packages sure do compact down don’t they? We like to rehydrate these in spaghetti sauce, gravies and casseroles and they make a great filler in place of meat. I might not use as much meat when I add mushrooms to a dish.
Preserving food that you buy in bulk helps save on your grocery budget. If you see things on sale, at a rock bottom price, then buy what you can afford and preserve it. You don’t have to have a garden to preserve your “harvest”.