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Iwonagain, I'm really surprised you found 30 that were edible! I've found a few morels under just cottonwoods but they don't seem to be great producers by themselves. I think the cottonwoods give a spot in the cedars for more light and warmth to come in and make it more favorable for morels which are still mainly associated with the cedars. If my cedar spots near the Arkansas river get a soaking rain I will go have a look since none have come up in those spots yet and maybe the cool down this next week will help.
 

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Does anyone know how fast a blown down tree will produce morels? Say for example we have all the right conditions. Soil temp, moisture etc....
 

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Morchellica: Yep: I agree that plum thickets with cedars (and elms) usually are winners. I did not know what those small shrub trees were but always noticed that their presence always seemed to indicate a rich moist soil with the morels usually growing under these. Briar patches sometimes are mixed in too making it a crawling expedition to reach for the mushrooms.
Ricomorelo: Depends on when during the year the tree fell. If the latter fell in June or Summer, it is very likely that morels will sprout in force the next season (assuming the latter tree was inoculated). If the tree fell/died during late Winter / early Spring then I would presume that morel production would only start the following year. Now if the (inoculated) tree is slowly dying this process might take years.
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Iwonagain thank you for the info. I appreciate your time. Its been a weird season. Gound a couple fresh ones yesterday. So im still hoping the rain we got will flush at least one of my honey holes. Good luck to everyone be safe
 

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My spots in Osage co. didn't produce due to lack of rain but has got close to an inch over the last week. I'm going to try my luck and see if I can find anything over the next couple days. It's pretty obvious on here that oklahoma is pretty much done
 

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Morchellica did you you have any luck in Osage ? How bout you bstarr5 ? I found a few on Bird creek but none in my other spots. I've heard of small finds around here but no where near normal. Hope you guys did'nt miss out on the crappie like I did! But on the bright side, all the walking did'nt do me any harm.
 

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The last time I made it into woods was last Thursday. I found 30-40 Morels. Only about 15 were pickable and only about 5 were respectable. I would like to talk myself into one last hunt. I have a free evening Wednesday, but it doesn't seem worth it. I haven't checked my Ada area spots this year. Okie, do you think there is still a chance of finding edible morels in Pontotoc Co?
 

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Id still say theres a pretty good chance of you finding some edible one Nate, I know im gonna head out latter and ill let yall know what I find. I still have a spot on the eastern side of the county I havnt had a chance to check yet that I plan on checking Thursday even if it is a little late.
 

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Oilfield, I haven't done worth a flip in Osage co. We found 4 since my last post. They were just ones we over looked from our last outing. They are building the pipeline right through my patch by hominy. All in all, Osage co. Has been a bust for me. And yes sir, I to missed out on the crappie! But I have found a lot of good arrowheads from my many hours in the woods.
 

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Hey i got a weird question. I have noticed the past couple times i have fried morels the milk i soak them in has a slight pink tint to it afterwards. Is this normal? Usually soak in milk then dip in seasoned flourabd deep fry in peanut oil. Just thought it was odd.
 

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Ricomorelo: Being European, I'd consider 'deep frying' such a delicacy (and this with some random non-organic oil) or consuming this mushroom on hamburgers or pizza a 'culinary crime'. ;)
I'd strongly suggest consuming morels in a cream reduction sauce (white wine, butter, salt, pepper, heavy whip cream - all organic ingredients, naturally without any of those half-half or low fat nonsense) and serve the sauce on (organic) red meat, fresh pasta and/or a risotto. An alternative recipe is a morel cream-egg-veggie soup (e.g., http://www.swissmilk.ch/fr/recettes/LM200303_31_a/soupe-aux-morilles.html).
All the folks I introduced to this easy-to-make sauce (or soup) never dared frying their morels ever again ;) -
 

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Ricomorelo: No problem. Even if, admittedly, they tend to form clusters when frozen, I place mine in the freezer as is and use a knife to separate them. Frying may also reduce or destroy most of their health benefits (particularly vitamins such as D and antioxidants such as the selenium) on top of toning down their succulent taste. The reduction cream sauce must simmer for a good 30-45min and, by then, the entire kitchen smells like morels. :)

Here is my recipe if you are willing to try it out:

1) Let the dehydrated morels soak for about 1 min in luke-warm water and, then, rinse them thoroughly in cold/luke-warm water- cut each of them in ~2-6 pieces (remove the foot), rinse again and remove as much water from the morel pieces as possible (I usually squeeze them). For 2 people I'd use about 10-15 medium size morels (~3 inch with the foot)

2) Fill in a small pan with heavy whip cream sauce and butter (organic-for 2 ppl maybe 350-400 ml) and place the cleaned morel pieces into the sauce (Again, make sure to remove as much water as possible from the morel chunks).

3) Add organic whole milk butter (i.e., not margarine, derived products or tasteless low fat stuff). For 2 people maybe 20-25 grams will do. Add (grinded) ground pepper and sea salt.

4) Let the mix simmer for ~30 min at low heat (2-3 out of 10), stir occasionally every 1-2 min or so and add some more cream or salt if necessary.

5) Add after that a touch (1 soup spoon) of white wine (anything will do except sweet wine).

When the sauce is ready; serve on fresh pasta, asparagus, risotto and/or red meat. You could also add a "pincée" of fresh parsley for decoration. Voila and bon appetit ! :)
 

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Well forgot to post what I found yesterday - Nothing. Didnt surprise me though since the spot I check I haven't found one there all year. Didnt get to go out today an probably wont tomorrow but Thursday I think will be my last long hunt of this season.
 

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On the way to Lowes on Sunday, I decided to take a mini detour near a small road which looked promising and found this lone orange morel - The last of the season.
http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o712/morel101/phodsdto_zps5dac1437.jpg
 

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I checked one last spot in Osage co. Again and nothing. Sure hope it produces for me next season bc it's by far my best spot. I leave for Alaska next week and will be picking morels on my days off most of June and into July. We had a lot of burns last summer so it should be good. They estimate that the Tok fire of 1990 that was 90,000 acres produced around 1 million lbs of morels, with 300k being picked by commercial pickers. That kind of amount blows my mind!
 
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