NFR chantrelles

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  1. 10incher

    10incher Active Member

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    Got mine. About 8lbs. I know another place where I can probably pick another 5lbs. It may seem greedy but no one picks these spots other than me. I was glad to find them since there are commercial pickers here on Whidbey that supply all the islands grocery stores. For the first couple of years I hunted them I found nothing but stumps, bits and ends from other pickers. I happily take non mushrooming people out to my spots because it's novel for them and I know they won't return. I would NEVER take another avid mushroom hunter to my spots.

    Back on the Chanterelle note. Every year I remember what it is I don't like about them... Cleaning them. It's exciting to come home with fat sack of Chanterelles, until you realize you have to brush and scrape a fat sack of Chanterelles. What with their tacky, humus covered caps and ingrown evergreen needles. The only mushroom harder to clean would be Lobster mushrooms. Which I actually like pretty well. Very different from other mushrooms. But they're usually so hard to clean that I don't even pick them. Now Hedgehogs!!! Almost no cleaning, easier to pick (no bushwhacking and then getting on your hands and knees under the salal) and taste like a Chanterelle X2. One of my favorites. I only get about three pounds of these on GOOD years. On poor years I don't even pick them so that whatever does pop up can work on species propagation.
     
  2. Rob Allen

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    Lobsters are actually very easy to clean..

    garden hose and some pressure,, most of the bad parts will disintegrate... then just around the edge of the flower of the mushroom if they are soft. after that look for round holes that indicate worms then simply shave the mushroom away until you find the worm.. in other words cut off everything that looks unappetizing.. I can do 15 lbs in 30 min. As a fallow mushroom hunter told me, they are tough you could play football with them
     
  3. 10incher

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    Maybe I'll try something like that. I usually only use wet cleaning methods for fairy rings and rarely morels. I'll be glad to add another worthy edible to my "free sustenance" list. Salmon and a chanterelle/noodle casorole for dinner tomorrow!

    P.S. Found a lot of lobsters today that I just walked right past :( That's alright though. Going back tomorrow for a patch of shaggy parasols in the same area. Not to be confused with shaggy manes. Which are hardly worth picking IMHO. The shaggy parasol is one of my favorites.
     
  4. Chad Lewis

    Chad Lewis NEVER wonder what to do with your free time

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    Damn. I really need a mushroom ninja local to Tricities to show me the ropes. Hint hint....
     
  5. 10incher

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    Well I'm nowhere near there. But there are geeky mycological groups all over the place. You may be able to sign up with a local group for an outing or just join to find a mentor. But don't sit on your hands. The game starts now and is only hot into mid November.

    EDIT: How's this?:

    Tri-Cities Mycological Society Route 1 Box 525C
    Richland, WA 99352

    I don't know why there's not better contact info. I looked all over too. Maybe no one in the group wanted the responsibility and it's an inept organization. But their close to you and maybe there's a local listing. It can't hurt to try and you don't get anything if you don't ask.
     
  6. Jonnytutu

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    A little side note re-mushrooms and cow paddies. I was planting trees in Australia a few yrs ago ago we kept finding these big juicy looking mushrooms in the cow paddies, only place we saw them, turns out they were very magic.... hahaha. Mind you, Australia is slightly different due to the dryness.

    Anyone finding chantrelles on the east side yet? I'm up in the kootenays and have heard some are starting to pop.

    Fin
     
  7. Pat Lat

    Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    I just makesure they're wiped off and cut off at the bottom before they go inthe bag. You an usually blow off the needles and loose dirt. Theyre super annoying to clean after the fact when th dirt has gotten rubbed in..
     
  8. 10incher

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    I always rough clean them in the field. But some stretches are worse than others. In south Whidbey they tend to be a lot cleaner (soil is more humus-y) but my patch in Poopville is in sandy soil and they tend to be real dirty on top. I clean those a second time at home. I've cleaned and sautéed all 8lbs now. I'll portion them into freezer bags and squeeze all the air out. Then wrap those bags in foil. They'll last for two years in the freezer like this. But they never hang around that long. My wife already has plans for half of them.
     
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  9. David Loy

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    Amanita Muscaria, heated to 200+ degrees, natures Viagra.
     
  10. 10incher

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    I never heard that one. But there is a lot about the fly agaric that most people don't know. Like it's significance in folk lore that eventually created the modern Christmas holiday. The version that focuses on Santa instead of Jesus.
     
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    I researched and experimented with Amanitas 20 some years ago. You will read that at around 200 degrees the muscimol (poison) converts to an intoxicant. It is noticably different though than an alcohol high. I don't recall if the other side effect was discussed in my material, but was very real. If you need a place to hang laundry for a couple hours, it'll do. Amanitas are not a tasty mushroom though. I cooked it and ate it wet. Horrible taste and texture. My theory then was that you might cook it, then dehydrate it, flake it, and add it to shakes. It was an interesting time, but not worth the effort to continue.
     
  12. Chris Johnson

    Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    I heard years ago (don't know if it's true), that the Vikings used Amanitas when they went on their raids.
     
  13. David Loy

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    I dunno. Could explain all the red hair in the British Isles.
     
  14. 10incher

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    Not fishing related, but I just want to say "Thanks Rob!" Lobsters are back on the menu! I'm still picky about good specimens (no soft spots and only the easiest ones to clean). I'm using the shower option on my kitchen faucet and a stiff brush. I cleaned about five lbs in a few minutes. My wife is considering using them in her Thanksgiving dressing for their unique texture and vegetive qualities. I'm very lucky to have a girl that participates in my forage efforts. Be it fresh salmon or mushrooms. She's often squeamish at first but the quality of the ingredients gets the better of her because she's a foodie at heart :) So, again, thank you Rob for the wet pressure cleaning tip! Bon appetite.
     
  15. Rich Schager

    Rich Schager You should have been here yesterday...

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    I'm also in MA13. Neighbor told me that he had found 280 pounds so far... Says he is drying them and sell at a high price.

    Rich.