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Thread: Hen of the Woods Mushrooms

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    Hen of the Woods Mushrooms

    Has anyone ever heard of these mushrooms? My dgd and her dh just gave me a bunch of these and even tho I looked them up online I am not sure I am comfortable cooking them. We have morels that I grew up eating and I'm used to those. These are strange to me and not sure I want to use them LOL

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    I Googled the name and found several websites with info, such as these:
    http://www.startribune.com/sports/ou...218885321.html
    http://www.foodonthefood.com/food_on...-mushroom.html
    http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Mus...fTheWoods.html
    http://fluxbiota.blogspot.com/2012/1...-of-woods.html

    I've never knowingly eaten any mushrooms that didn't come out of a grocery store or restaurant, so can't comment!

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    We spent last Saturday afternoon looking for them in the woods near us. Unfortunately we haven't had enough rain here and didn't find any that weren't all shriveled up. My daughter-in-law said these are better tasting than morels. She is a mushroom lover. Cook them up in butter with a little onion, you may like them.

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    If you have a fine dining restaurant in town, you might ask the chef if he would like them, if you are afraid to use them. I'm sorry, I wouldn't want to either. "When in doubt, don't."

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    Sorry, just not worth to me.

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    I grew up hunting morels in the timber. I have no problem eating mushrooms that are fresh picked. I just was not familiar with this kind of mushroom. I did look up alot of info online and so did my dgd and her dh.

    They are used in fine dining. I will probably try them and see if we like them or not.
    I am a huge mushroom lover. so we'll see! I also grew up will all the warnings about mushrooms.

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    I grew up eating morels too. Cant answer your question about the Hen of the Woods. Hopefully someone can identify them for certain for you.
    Sandra

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    Morels are safe, I wouldn't trust any others. Bad mushrooms can really reak havoc with your body and some can even kill you.
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    We eat hens of the woods around here all the time. Cut in strips, bread and fry like morels. You can also bread them, lay them on cookies sheets and freeze them. Bag them up and eat them all winter.

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    If the question enters my mind I ain't eating it. I tend to err on the side of caution. I would pitch them. Besides the grocery store does not sell bad and/or poisonous mushrooms

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    My BIL was on a mushroom kick a few years ago. He and my sister had an agreement - NOTHING QUESTIONABLE!! They often took his finds to a restaurant to be cooked but they were only served to them. I'm not sure a restaurant would use them to serve to their other customers.
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    a friend brought me some last week . I've fixed twice and froze the rest. it comes in a bunch like cauliflower. I like them and trust her to not poison me!!! LOL

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    They're perfectly safe to eat. We are in a cooking club and last year, one woman bought (at enormous expense) several pounds of hen of the woods and was very excited abut them. They tasted fine, but not so different from ordinary button mushrooms to justify the expense. Unfortunately, I have never tasted morels so I can't compare.
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    Funny you should mention this Rhonda because our local health food store is hosting a class on those mushrooms this month.

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    Very interesting mushroom. I have seen them but never knew who they were. They sound wonderful.
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    I have never had a morel but we do eat mushrooms :Portobellos and baby Ports also. Ask a local chef; he or she maybe able to settle your doubts.
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    my dad would go into the woods hunting for them. delicious when you get the right ones.

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    I Googled Mushrooms/Hen of the woods variety. Clicked on Cookng the Hen of the Woods. Big page with different ways of preserving for consumption. I'm not a big mushroom eater.

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