I belive that soaking is not necassary, it removes much of the earthness from them, which is what I like. A quick rinse after they are cut and JUST before cooking is all that I do, if they are nice fresh ones that have not had any mud splashed on them I don't even wash.
Buyers will never purchase soaked morels-it speeds the detearition process and your morel will not hold in good shape as long as mushrooms that are picked into paper sacks and put into the fridge, they will hold fresh for 2 weeks. If at that point you decide to process them for storage they are already partly dried.
P.S.....out here we dry our Morels instead of freezing them. They re-hydrate excellent and some people say the flavor is even a bit better afterwards! FYI.......I couldn't resist putting in my 2 cents! I've been hunting and eating them for many years and I slice them lengthwise, put them in a bowl of water and hand swish them a little then soak for about 5 minutes and take them out and pat them dry with paper towels. Even after laying there for an hour before I cook them I have never seen any additional critters come out. They still taste fresh and "crisp"!
The bottom line is: just use water, no salt; it extracts too much out of them, especially for a 6 or 8 hour stretch. We soak deer liver and heart in salt water, but that's to get all the blood and "stuff" pulled out of the meat. I've hunted mushrooms out here in CA for over 20 years and these threads were a first for me hearing about the salt. To each their own though! As long as you like the end result, that's all that really matters! Happy Shroomin....
(Personally, I would never buy pre-soaked mushrooms! Of course I hunt my own, not buy, but just sayin'......!)My boyfriend and i have been selling almost all of them presoaked. One person told me thst wasnt normal so i googled it and it led me to this string. Lol on a forum im already a member of ive just been following suit of what my boyfriend's always done. I should have known better. I'll bring all this up to his attention.
I use a dehydrator usually. You can also lay them on screens if it's a warm, sunny day and dry them that way. Just don't do that if the wind is up. Dried morels get as light as potato chips, and can blow away!When you say "Dry" them, wht is the process you use? Dehydrator?