It’s one thing to have enough morels for a meal or two – it’s quite another to have more than you can consume in a day or two.
The options are cook them and freeze them or dry them. I have not tried dusting them with flour and freezing them, but I heard it has been tried.
Here is how I dry my morels:
Select the freshest mushrooms. They should be firm and clean. If the mushrooms become squishy during the drying process, remove them. Mushrooms should feel light and firm as they dry.
I used an embroidery needle and dental floss to tie each mushroom to the oven rack so they are not touching. I set my oven at 200 degrees and left the door open a couple of inches.
Make sure the jar you plan to store them in seals tight. Mason jars are useful for this.
This process will probably take 8 hours or so. It is critical to dry the morels thoroughly. Every once in a while I shut the oven door for a minute or two. Then I open the door and inhale deeply. That’s not an essential part of the process.
As the mushrooms dry, the room fills with their aroma. I find that very comforting.
This is what the mushrooms look like when they are drying:
Initial set up:
After three hours:
At this point I switch the racks to ensure the mushrooms dry evenly.
Finally dry after 8 hours:
You’ll know the mushrooms are thoroughly dry when they are light as a feather and rock hard. This batch could have been pulled out of the oven an hour earlier, but I fell asleep. Still, I know they’re completely dry.
Once the mushrooms are bone dry – put the Mason jar inside the oven, shut the door, turn off the oven and wait for 1-2 minutes.
You want to be really sure there is no moisture in the jar or the mushrooms once they are sealed. Mold will form if there is a trace of dampness and destroy all your work.
This batch only filled half of a one-quart Mason jar.
Here are the mushrooms I dried last year.
Once I capped the jar, I put it at the back of the darkest cabinet shelf in my kitchen behind a box of corn starch. Even when I open that cabinet door no light can reach the mushrooms.
These mushrooms will keep for years.