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Refrigerator drying morels

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I accidently refrigerator dried a few morels, when I forgot them in the fridge last year. I tossed them, with some leeks, into some beaten eggs and milk, gave it a minute, scrambled them up. Wow, they were great.
After looking into it I found a tutorial somewhere describing this process. It described putting the mushrooms in paper bags and leaving them in the fridge. You mix the mushrooms around often, I believe daily, and leave them until they dry. You can leave them in the refrigerator indefinitely or move them into dry storage elsewhere. Anyone do this, or have any good pointers for easy long term storage? Should I just dry them on trays sitting out? Any pointers appreciated.
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I did both last year. I fan dried some then I bought a dehydrator and dried some. I re hydrated some out of both and it seemed the fan dried ones tasted better than the dehydrator ones for frying up in butter and eating. maybe the heat from the dehydrator a little too much. Now if your making a cream sauce wow the dehydrator ones where awesome, that's all I had left couldn't compare to fan dried ones, but dehydrated ones awesome for making cream sauce. I also took some fresh ones and put them in a bag and filled with water like I do with my fish fillets. Takes a lot more space, have not thawed theme out yet.. Also maybe I went too long in the dehydrator if that's possible.
I just put them in Mason jars and put in cupboard, they look sweet when you do that. Just finished mine from last year yesterday putting them on eggs with hash-browns.
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