With black trumpet mushrooms considered the tastiest of them all, it helps to know how to cook them properly. As with any wild-grown mushroom, there is normally a very limited supply which you have at your disposal. That’s why it’s so critical to understand how to get the most from them.
There is an abundance of black trumpet recipes to choose from, some of which I have added to this very site like this one HERE. But as with any mushroom, take care when preparing your product for cooking, as some varieties tend to fare better in the kitchen than others. The trick is to understand what you’re dealing with.
If you know your way around a mushroom-cooking kitchen, then you’ll already be aware of some of the necessities to follow. If you don’t, you will want to make your way through the next few steps to make sure you end up with delicious black trumpet mushrooms in your dish.
Ignoring some of the following advice will only lead to some unfortunate results that you may not return from.
Tips on How to Cook Black Trumpet Mushrooms
Tip #1: Identify What You Have
While this tip may not be as obvious to follow with black trumpets, it is a point I make with every cooking article. Black trumpets only really have one other mushroom that you may confuse with it.
The Devil’s Urn is a similar looking mushroom, but nowhere near as tasty as the black trumpets. The only downside in choosing the devil’s urn mushrooms by mistake is that the taste isn’t anywhere near as intense.
Tip #2: Always Clean
Many mushrooms don’t take a lot to clean. Their structure is designed in such a way that for many, a simple wipe down is more than sufficient. Use a damp paper towel to detach a lot of the dirt, dust, and grit you find on mushrooms.
Others take very little cleaning, because they don’t grow in the dirt, safely suspended above ground while attached to their host tree.
Black trumpet mushrooms take a little bit more to clean than other mushrooms. That is because there’s a wide-open hole in the middle of their cap which goes all the way down their stems. Know what loves deep, dark holes?
Insects. Spiders. Basically, any critter small enough to fit inside. That means unless you enjoy the taste of hairy legs or crunchy insect bodies, clean your black trumpets.
The easiest way to clean black trumpet mushrooms is to slice them in half. This will open the entire crevice up, exposing any critters calling your next meal home. Make sure to inspect every nook and cranny for any lingering behind. There may also be eggs so be sure to look for those.
If you need to keep the mushroom in one piece, just grab a paper towel and wind it into a tight rod that you push into the trumpet. Dampen the rod a little so the dust and grime stick to it. Just be extra sure that nothing is still inside once you serve it.
Tip #3: Take Care When Prepping
Many mushrooms hold their shapes well when added to recipes, while others make better additions when sliced into pieces. Depending on the dish you intend to serve, take care to prep your mushroom accordingly.
Black trumpet mushrooms are a wonderfully aesthetic fungus that looks impressive when served whole. They add a certain element of perplexity when cooked right and leaving them whole intensifies the entire experience.
Remember that these fungi are one of the tastiest wild mushrooms available, their flavors a rich earthiness that’s not often replicated. This makes them especially sought after by mushroom hunters, keen for a basket-load of goodness.
That’s why many people may forage for them a little more intently, including taking more than they may need. To help with this issue there’s a great tip you should use.
If you find that there are just too many mushrooms leftover after prepping for your meal, either store them in the fridge for use in the next few days or dry them. Drying black trumpet mushrooms is the best way to prolong their usability.
They won’t last very long in the fridge, but considering black trumpet mushroom season limits their availability, drying the leftovers is the best option.
When drying mushrooms, always ensure to place similar-sized pieces together. This means the drying time will be the same. Use an oven on the lowest possible setting or a dedicated food dehydrator for the job.
Air drying is also a great way to dry your mushrooms. Just hang them up in a dark corner in a dry part of the house, like a pantry. Use a paper bag to keep the dust off them. The great thing about drying mushrooms is that it enhances the flavors, giving you more taste for your find.