The shiitake is a staple in traditional Asian cuisine and has become a more acknowledged mushroom in North America over the last decade. These are known for their earthy and umami flavors as well as dense texture.
Dried shiitakes need to be rehydrated and soaked in hot water before they're used in a recipe. Shiitake Mushrooms need to be rehydrated only as you plan to use them. The stems are too tough to eat, but can add good flavor to stocks and stews; just discard them before serving. Once rehydrated, slice, cube or blend to add this umami flavour to your dishes. If used in a soup, dried shiitakes should be rehydrated before adding to the broth to ensure the mushroom is fully cooked and allow the full flavor profile to develop!
Store dried mushrooms in an airtight container until ready to use. Must be reconstituted and can never be eaten raw. Reconstitute in warm water, stock or wine.
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