Today I’m so excited to show you how to make mushroom powder! I have step by step pictures showing how to make it and also how to use it. Mushrooms are on sale right now where I live, so it’s a perfect time to preserve some.
You may wonder why people may want to make mushroom powder. Here’s the deal, the powder takes up less room in your pantry compared to dehydrated mushrooms stored in quart mason jars. And it’s easy to make.
Do you have some picky eaters that may not like the texture of mushrooms? The mushroom powder is how you can sneak in a few more vegetables without them knowing it.
Of course, they may taste the mushroom flavor, but they may be okay with that.
Sometimes you want a little mushroom flavor in an omelet or in a soup. This is an awesome way to add some flavor without having to cut up the mushrooms at the last minute.
All you do is add a teaspoon or so of the powder, depending on how much flavor you like.
Just a note of caution, please be careful after using your blender making mushroom powder. It is really powdery stuff when you take the blender lid off. I have made just about every kind of fruit and veggie powder and the mushroom powder is the only one that blows powder up onto your face, literally.
Let’s Make Mushroom Powder
The first step is to wash the mushrooms, or you can use a mushroom brush to clean them. I use a colander, that’s the easiest way for me to wash them.
The second step is to slice the mushrooms about 3/8 inch thick. I tried using a wire mushroom slicer and it was useless. I used this mushroom/egg slicer to begin with, but the mushrooms were too large. So, I just used a sharp knife to slice them evenly.
Now, you place the sliced mushrooms evenly across the dehydrator racks.
I have an Excalibur Dehydrator that I set at 125 degrees F. Mine has a timer, but it’s not necessary if you’re willing to check on the mushrooms from time to time. When I purchased mine I knew I needed a timer because I always have a million projects going on at once.
These took about 4 hours to dry to a leathery texture. The drying time will depend on the humidity of the room where you are drying yours and the temperature setting.
Now, you can use a blender or a Magic Bullet shown below to turn the dehydrated mushrooms into a powder. I just pulsated the mushrooms until they were pulverized.
It Takes Up Very Little Space
How Can I Use Mushroom Powder?
Are you wondering how to use mushroom powder? There are lots of uses out there for it. I personally love the flavor that it adds to the foods I cook around here. Plus, since powder lasts for a long time, I know that this is a very budget-friendly thing to do when it comes to storage for future use!
- Add a teaspoon to omelets.
- Gravy, add right before serving.
- Add to your spaghetti sauce a couple of minutes before serving.
- The powder is great for soups or stews.
- If using your slow cooker, add the powder right before serving.
What’s The Shelf-Life?
As a Master Canner and Preserver, I can safely say they will be good for one year on your pantry shelf. When Mark and I took our classes to be certified Master Canners, we learned you can safely store home-canned, pressured canned, and dehydrated food for one year.
I know my family ate canned peaches that were two or three years old. We still ate them, but I have changed my thoughts after taking 12 weeks worth of classes.
I don’t can as much food as I did when we had six living in the house. If I want long-term food storage I buy it from Thrive Life or Honeyville Grain. That’s how I roll.
How Do You Store It?
Please DO NOT use your FoodSaver for the mushroom powder, it may get sucked up the accessory tube and ruin your FoodSaver. I use airtight clamp jars as shown above.
I also use pint mason jars with White Ball Lids. If my family was large I would store it in quart mason jars. I like the white lids because they are reusable and that works for me. They are awesome for jars of honey as well.
I hope you try making some mushroom powder for your pantry. Let me know, I love to hear from you. It’s one more way to preserve food when they are in season and have the best flavor, and hopefully the best prices.
Thanks for prepping, storing water, storing food, and learning skills we will need sooner than later. May God bless this world, Linda