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Old May 11, 2019, 12:30 pm   #1
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Soaking New Picked Morels in Salt Water?

I have a question about soaking morels after finding them. I have been scanning through the posts and found something close to what I am trying to find out (and it may be on here but the volume of information is huge) but have not found an actual answer yet.

I read something a couple of years ago about soaking morels in water and adding salt to the water to help get rid of bugs. When I am done soaking them I have been taking the water and spreading it around a dead apple tree in the backyard hoping morels will come up. I have been doing this for about 3 years now in the same area. I have not had any luck yet.

My question is, is the salt killing the spores? Should I just be soaking them in plain water?

Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Apologies if this has already been posted and I have not found it yet.

Thanks and good hunting,
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Old May 12, 2019, 8:26 pm   #2
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Re: Soaking New Picked Morels in Salt Water?

I havent thought about taking to water and using it. I would like to here the response on this one too.
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Old May 13, 2019, 7:25 am   #3
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Salt wouldn't kill it but I don't soak anymore...haven't in 15 years. Soaking takes away from the taste. Just rinsr any bugs off and call it good.
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Old May 13, 2019, 9:12 am   #4
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Re: Soaking New Picked Morels in Salt Water?

I agree with Jon. I never did soak them, just a quick rinse with kitchen sprayer. I have friends that soak and their's always have less taste.
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Old May 13, 2019, 11:17 am   #5
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Re: Soaking New Picked Morels in Salt Water?

I mostly just brush the outside with a small paintbrush (obviously get a new one), cut them in half and brush anything (including bugs) out of the middle. I only use water if there is some slug slime. With the bigger, older ones, which I almost always dry instead of eating fresh, I might rinse them in the faucet or briefly soak them first, but only if they are pretty dirty or buggy. I have never, nor will I ever, add salt to the water.
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Old May 13, 2019, 1:50 pm   #6
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Re: Soaking New Picked Morels in Salt Water?

the last thing I want to do is put them in water, but if you must, do dump the water somewhere mushrooms should grow. I have heard of people having some morels pop from their rinse water
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Old May 13, 2019, 11:01 pm   #7
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I cut mine in half and dropped them in a dishpan of tap water. Once I was done cutting them in half, I took them out and put them on a paper towel. I took the water and poured it outside behind the house....maybe something will come up next year. I figure why not pour it outside if there's a chance something will grow. It's either that or pour it down the sink.
I don't soak the morels for more than a few minutes.
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Old May 14, 2019, 12:01 am   #8
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Re: Soaking New Picked Morels in Salt Water?

agree with the others, soaking is last resort to getting them clean. Usually I do what jochs does, just have a bowl of water, quick rinse, and then dump the water outside.

I'm unsure about the salinity issue, I would say though that it likely doesn't benefit them in any way. They don't encounter environments like that in nature.
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Old May 14, 2019, 1:19 am   #9
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Re: Soaking New Picked Morels in Salt Water?

Thanks for all the input.

I believe I will start splitting them, giving them a brush and doing a quick rinse as Jochs stated. Ya just don't know when or if any of the little critters left their slime or did their business on them. I know I have seen plenty of different bugs in the water after soaking some of the batches - not always, but enough to want to do something to clean them even though I would guess most if not all of us have consumed at least some of the nasties. Heck, maybe it even adds a bit of flavor.

Thanks again to all that posted. Hopefully this weather will give us a few good days before the heat hits.

Good Hunting,
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I pick several hours from my house I always carry a big cooler with me and I buy bag ice leave in bag and throw on the bottom of cooler then I put the morels in the cooler at the end of the day after three days tons of spoores and water at bottom of cooler. I then use a garden hose when I get home and rinse the morels off in the cooler place in a straining bowl. I then use that rinse water to spread under I big white pine in my front yard, after 7 years of doing this I started my own patch of about 12-20 grow every year with out fail.
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