The French Dream, Golden Chanterelles
Welcome to the Chanterelles! Famous in French cooking it is known to have a rich, woody flavor with an aroma that may remind you of apricots. We still think the morel is king! However, the Golden Chanterelle would make a good queen and the price is right. We suggest giving them a shot and see what you think.
Tech specs: Approximately 5 Pounds As Picked, 9.0-10.0 Ounces Dried, One Full 80 Ounce (volume) Jar, Golden Chanterelles.
Here's some info right from the Wikipedia page on Chanterelles:
"Though records of chanterelles being eaten date back to the 16th century, they first gained widespread recognition as a culinary delicacy with the spreading influence of French cuisine in the 18th century, when they began appearing in palace kitchens. For many years, they remained notable for being served at the tables of nobility. Nowadays, the usage of chanterelles in the kitchen is common throughout Europe and North America. In 1836, the Swedish mycologist Elias Fries considered the chanterelle "as one of the most important and best edible mushrooms."
Chanterelles as a group are generally described as being rich in flavor, with a distinctive taste and aroma difficult to characterize. Some species have a fruity odor, others a more woody, earthy fragrance, and still others can even be considered spicy. The golden chanterelle is perhaps the most sought-after and flavorful chanterelle, and many chefs consider it on the same short list of gourmet fungi as truffles and morels. It therefore tends to command a high price in both restaurants and specialty stores.
There are many ways to cook chanterelles. Most of the flavorful compounds in chanterelles are fat-soluble, making them good mushrooms to saute in butter, oil or cream. They also contain smaller amounts of water- and alcohol-soluble flavorings, which lend the mushrooms well to recipes involving wine or other cooking alcohols. Many popular methods of cooking chanterelles include them in sautés,soufflés, cream sauces, and soups. They are not typically eaten raw, as their rich and complex flavor is best released when cooked.
Chanterelles are also well-suited for drying, and tend to maintain their aroma and consistency quite well. Some chefs profess that reconstituted chanterelles are actually superior in flavor to fresh ones, though they lose in texture whatever they gain in flavor by becoming more chewy after being preserved by drying. Dried chanterelles can also be crushed into flour and used in seasoning in soups or sauces."
These are wild picked in America in the fall of 2022. We take the same care when sorting and packaging them. Our pricing is as good as, or usually better than, what you will find on Amazon and physical retailers.
One of the owners of Forest Glory, Adam Schultz, is a Certified Wild Mushroom Expert (see images) so you know our products are inspected so that you only receive high quality chanterelles. Additionally Forest Glory is licensed by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development Food and Dairy Division (see images). Forest Glory is also BBB Accredited with an A+ rating.
Shipping is FREE if you spend more than $20! We ship via USPS only. If the package is under 1 pound it goes First Class, otherwise it goes Priority Mail. Shipping time itself takes 2-4 days. Packaging time is typically one to two business days. Generally packages arrive much more quickly than this, but in case "delays happen" 5-6 business days would be in the high end.
If you haven't had dried morel chanterelles before here are some common questions with the answers:
How do you prepare them?
You simply put them in water for about 20 minutes. They will rehydrate and plump up and look and taste just like they were fresh picked from the ground.
Do they taste the same?
Yes they taste exactly the same! The chanterelle flavor you know and love comes through. The only thing removed during drying is water, so no flavor is removed.
How many servings is this?
You get 5 pounds as picked, the jar is 80 ounces in volume. The chanterelles do naturally plump some in size when rehydrated (not as much as morels). We have prepared these, and the dream jar easily contains 12 servings, probably more. Many people use them in sauces and soups so it's really hard to say. 5 pounds is generally considered to be a very large amount of chanterelles.
Is this a fair price?
Yes it definitely is. These are wild, American, hand picked mushrooms and they are very rare. Anything that is rare is expensive. We save money by buying them in bulk. By buying from us you are buying from a very reputable company with over 200,000 Facebook fans. You know they are picked in America in 2022 and they are of high quality, and you are buying from a family owned company that is here to help you 24/7. One of our owners, Adam Schultz, is also certified as a Wild Mushroom Expert so you know the chanterelles are pure and of a high quality. Finally, our facility is licensed by the State of Michigan. If you buy elsewhere you don't have that assurance. On top of that, we comparison shopped and our prices are right in line with, or lower than, what you would find from other source.
Why dry chanterelles?
Chanterelles with water in them are a very perishable item. They only last about 7 days, so they have to be processed and shipped quickly, which is very expensive (time is money). If you remove the water then the chanterelles can keep up to 36 months. They can also then be shipped using standard methods. The end result is that a pound of fresh chanterelles delivered is at least $50.00, you get 5 pounds for that much when they are dried.
Is it common to dry chanterelle?
Yes! More dried chanterelles are eaten then fresh chanterelles. Dried chanterelles are eaten all year round, while fresh chanterelles are only available in season. If you've ever eaten a chanterelle at a restaurant in the late summer, fall, winter, or early spring, it was almost certainly a dried chanterelle. Many recipes you will find actually call for dried chanterelles because they are so common.
Are dried chanterelles good for you?
Absolutely! Nothing is better for you or the environment then a product harvested in the wild. This is an unprocessed, unaltered, natural product that comes right from the forest into your home. Our owner, Adam Schultz, is a certified Wild Mushroom Expert (see images) so you know that when you buy from us you get safe mushrooms that are 100% chanterelles. Our facility is also licensed so you know we follow clean health standards and your mushrooms are processed and packaged in a safe and clean way.
When were they picked?
We have verified that all of our dried chanterelles were wild picked in AMERICA in the fall of 2022! Many of the dried chanterelles sold by other companies were picked in 2017 and many are from foreign countries. Dried chanterelles will be good to eat for at least one year minimum, most sources say 2 to 3 years.
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