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#1 Fri 20 Jul 07 3:57am

muminthekitchen

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Porcini Mushrooms???

I am going to cook one of Jamie's recipes and it uses dried porcini mushrooms, unfortunately I can't find any in our local supermarkets. Can I substitute Shitaki mushrooms. Of which I have some. Help some one.?? help

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#2 Fri 20 Jul 07 4:07am

Cindy

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Re: Porcini Mushrooms???

Firstly what recipe is it?

Generally You can substitute any fresjh mushrooms like swiss brown or portobello (the US name).

You will not get the same flavours but you will a nice result.

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#3 Fri 20 Jul 07 4:17am

muminthekitchen

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Re: Porcini Mushrooms???

The recipe is in the Cook With Jamie book. Melt in your mouth Shin Stew. Thanks for the tip Cindy.

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#4 Fri 20 Jul 07 6:30am

frizz1974

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Re: Porcini Mushrooms???

Muminthekitchen, have a look next time you go to Coles.

I found dried porcini in the aisle the pasta, italiany section... near the jars of sundried tomato, olives etc. They were from Sandhurst Fine Foods.

http://www.sandhurstfinefoods.com.au/ou … ndex_1.php

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#5 Fri 20 Jul 07 6:55am

muminthekitchen

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Re: Porcini Mushrooms???

Thanks Frizz1974. Will do. smile

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#6 Fri 20 Jul 07 7:24am

holycow77

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Re: Porcini Mushrooms???

hey...

I've done that recipe before and all the porcini did was add $5 to the price.
They are quite expensive.

Seriously, you can leave them out and I doubt you'd notice the difference.

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#7 Fri 20 Jul 07 10:26am

frizz1974

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Re: Porcini Mushrooms???

Cant imagine that Holycow... they have such a unique taste & texture.

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#8 Fri 20 Jul 07 11:23am

Cindy

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Re: Porcini Mushrooms???

Mum - being in Burra you will find them really expensive if not in Adelaide.

To be completely honest just use open capped mushrooms. Porcini can be very expensive and the ones in the supermarkets are expensive and poor quality.

If you come down to Adelaide, I would recommend you get them at Marino in the Central Market. The ones they have are very high quality and although not cheap, have the best flavour. they also send quite a large packet.

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#9 Fri 20 Jul 07 3:02pm

SonomaEddie

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Re: Porcini Mushrooms???

I must agree with frizz.  There is no substituing the flavor of dried porcini.
It's a shame they are so expensive there.  That is like trying to buy truffles around here.  I bought a rather small black one last year and paid $20 for it.  Unfortunately, it was very dry and tasteless.  Sticking to truffle oil.
Eddie

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#10 Fri 20 Jul 07 4:41pm

dani.04*

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Re: Porcini Mushrooms???

Dried Porcini mushrooms are unique in flavour and texture. They add an earthiness to the dish I don't see how you could say they only added $5 to the price. Also it is true that the quality does vary. Being in Burra I imagine you would be limited in choice too. You could perhaps try an on line retailer.

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