How to Freeze Morel Mushrooms
Have some morel mushrooms in your fridge that are about to go bad? Give them a longer life by properly freezing them!
Morel mushrooms can be frozen plain or you can prepare them for frying before freezing. (Jeff Phillips photo)
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Freezing morel mushrooms is easy. First, clean them well and slice in half. There is one extra step that one must do before storing them in the freezer.
You may freeze them whole or sliced in half; that's up to you. But here is the extra step; you must cook them until they are almost ready to eat. Not half done, but almost done.
The way to get them to this point is using one of three methods below. You need to add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to the water when blanching.
- Blanche Method: Place clean morels in boiling water that has 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in it. For the sliced pieces, you would blanche them for 3 minutes and for whole morel mushrooms it will take 5 minutes.
- Steam Method: Place clean mushrooms in lemon juice for 5 minutes. Steam sliced mushrooms for 3 minutes and whole mushrooms for 5 minutes.
- Sauté Method: Sauté small amounts in frying pan until almost done.
Cool mushrooms immediately and drain. They can be frozen plain or you may prepare them as you would for frying. Dip morels in egg wash and roll in flour or bread crumbs and place them on cookie sheet.
Freeze them on the cookie sheet and then you may bag them. I would use these up within 60 days because of the egg.
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