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Old 05-22-2020, 03:00 PM   #1
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We've been plagued by fires and smokey summers the past few years up here. The one benefit of this is excellent harvests of post-fire morels. As fire frequency ramps up in the Pacific Northwest now would be a good time to get out and do some picking. I put together an instructional video for those who are interested.

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Old 05-22-2020, 03:19 PM   #2
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Thanks. Great info.
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Old 05-22-2020, 04:10 PM   #3
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USP, you never fail to impress. Another excellent video.
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I heard the recent fires near Columbia Gorge is closed to public access.
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Very nicely done indeed, now about those little white worms, what do you do about that?
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Very nicely done indeed, now about those little white worms, what do you do about that?
Most of mine aren't wormy but I do soak them in salt water for 10 minutes and that does seem to clear out the crawlies.
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I read you can use hot salty water, is that correct? Seems that would be hard on the mushrooms.
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I read you can use hot salty water, is that correct? Seems that would be hard on the mushrooms.
Yes. I think the hot water leaches flavor and soften them. Cold water and salt seems to do the job with minimal loss of flavor and consistency.
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Yes. I think the hot water leaches flavor and soften them. Cold water and salt seems to do the job with minimal loss of flavor and consistency.
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Very nicely done indeed, now about those little white worms, what do you do about that?
Never found a bolete without them.. Never seen one in a morel..
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Never found a bolete without them.. Never seen one in a morel..
Buddy and I picked some in NE Oregon on a bear hunt, we ate a bunch and brought some home, little white worms crawling all over the inside of the bag we had them in, washed them again and more kept coming out. Not very appetizing. I will try the salt water bath next time.
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USP: WOW! Excellent instructional video. I rarely ever post here, but that was too good not to say thank you for the effort you put into sharing such well put together info. Liked and Subscribed. I'm an avid mushroom hunter. Friends and family often ask for advice on where and how. From now on I'll just send them a link to your video.
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White worms are creepy little buggers. Morels have lots of nooks and crannies in those folds, so they can also be gritty depending on recent rains and even the soil they come up through. Always slice them vertically to check the hollow center for bugs and slugs too, before tossing into the bowl of cold saltwater. If they're young and fresh hardly any worms. If they've been up a couple of days they can get really wormy. Of course, just toss those ones. A final cold water rinse in a collander polishes them for sautee in hot salty butter. Nothing tastes better.
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Buddy and I picked some in NE Oregon on a bear hunt, we ate a bunch and brought some home, little white worms crawling all over the inside of the bag we had them in, washed them again and more kept coming out. Not very appetizing. I will try the salt water bath next time.
Seventy years of picking morels and never seen a worm. I did a little research and it does appear that they are in morels on the west coast. Not so much east coast. I'll be looking for them.
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I'm pretty sure I ate lots of those little white worms over the years. Sauted in butter it is a nice spike in protein. 😉

They are tiny little things. Easy to miss. 3 or 4 millimeters long, white with a black head the size of a grain of sand.
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I'm pretty sure I ate lots of those little white worms over the years. Sauted in butter it is a nice spike in protein. 😉

They are tiny little things. Easy to miss. 3 or 4 millimeters long, white with a black head the size of a grain of sand.
Yeah, if we only knew of all the things we have eaten over the years..........
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Scored a nice haul today.
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Holy cow! That’s a nice haul, I’m going to have to say F-it to the stay at home rules and make a trip to the east side of the Cascades.


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