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The Last Word on Morels....

Okay, I've consumed 5 or 6 morels over the past hour and I don't feel like I am any worse for wear...soo...This has been a fun botany and culinary learning experience.  I have a video tape of the morels being prepared, so if you don't have anything better to do, check it out.  DISCLAIMER:  This is a meant to be a fun, semi-educational video that gives a basic primer on morels.  Mushrooms can be VERY dangerous or even fatal if misidentified and consumed.  Only qualified and knowledgable people should gather and eat wild mushrooms.  This in no way is meant as expert instruction and clicking here to watch the video is an acknowledgment that I assume no liability for anyone's illnesses/misfortunes that may occur from mushroom hunting.

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Funny story, my great grandma was a young wife and mother during the depression, she learned how to survive on practically nothing.  She would pick and eat anything that grew wild I swear, mushrooms, puffballs, etc, her theory was that if you didn't know if they were poisonous or not you put a silver dime in the frying pan when you sauteed the shrooms, if the dime didn't turn green they were safe to eat, my grandma and my mother and her sisters all followed suit, we have since learned that it is an old wives tale with no merit what so ever...It's a wonder any of us survived......

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Wow...interesting "dime" story!  I have eaten puffballs before, and they ARE poisonous once they mature.  When they are young, they are just a solid ball of snow-white mushroom (imagine a softball-sized button mushroom with no stem or gills).  When they mature, the inside fills with tons of black spores...then they are poisonous but I don't see how you could eat them anyway! However, they are fun to kick/throw because when they hit something they explode!  LOL

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Puffballs are good sliced and pan-fried -- they taste just like pan-fried potatoes.  The one thing to watch out for (other than not eating them after the inside starts to turn dark) is to make SURE there is no evidence of stem or gill structure when you slice them -- "baby" amanitas can look just like puffballs before they start to spread out and take on the typical parasol structure.  And amanita mushrooms are the ones that are responsible for the vast majority of mushroom poisenings -- they taste great and then a few days later you are dead of complete liver failure....Surprised 

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Yea, I think that is why I am going to end my mushroom gathering career at morels....

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I would never eat puffballs either, to me they tasted like dirt, but my grandma would eat the ones that sometimes were as big as a soccer ball, its a wonder she didn't get sick.....

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I enjoyed the video. They look good, but I have never seen one. I'm pretty sure now that they don't grow here. I would have seen them in a pasture or the sugar bush or somewhere!!

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sugar bush?

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Yes, the grove of maple trees that we tap to make syrup is called a sugar bush. The building is called either a sugar shanty or sugar shack. Our sugar bush is a little over 13 acres. Sorry ,I tend to take for granted that people know stuff.

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We have tons of them around here, they are woods that are loaded with sugar maples and a lot of people have a sugar shack where you make homemade maple syrup, gather the sap, boil it down, etc....do they have any in ohio?

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We have sugar maples in this area (NKY, SOHIO). I've never seen a sugar shack but heard of them only through a songWink

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I sat here last night reading all of the posts on the Morels.  Thinking Oh my, what I would give for a few of them.  We love them.  My DH would go every spring and bring home some for  me to cook.......that was when he could walk the woods and hollows around here.  They are great rolled in flour and fried, with some creamed potatoes and a veggie.

Well, tonight, my DEAR son-in-law (I don't call him that often Foot in mouth) came over with 2 Wal-mart bags almost FULL.   My daughter workes nights, so Grannie gets to cook.  I could have kissed him.  That was our supper tonight, tomorrow night and the rest of the week for as long as they will last.    My picky eater (Ash) will even eat them like candy.

I know mine are morels....from the pictures, the mushrooms you ate tonight will NOT be your demise, Kevin.  Hope you enjoyed them

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Great job! Glad to see you still livin' !  Kitchen look nice and tidy!

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Thanks for the invite to your kitchen :-)  You did a fabulous job cooking them up... easy as pie!  Morels are more "meaty" than a regular white button mushroom... we tend to eat them as a main course. 

 Personally, I think they taste like calamari.  I don't crave them like some people, but I will have a few when the season rolls around... usually I am just the designated cook :-)

 

ps...Off topic, but what sort of camera do you use to shoot your videos?  We have a regular camcorder, but I am pondering getting one of those little ones that you plug into your USB port on the computer.

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Love the hat look Wink So what did they taste like?