Unlike other mushrooms, which grow in soil, shiitakes grow on logs and are much cleaner. To prep, quickly wipe them with a dry paper towel and remove their tough stems.
Just Add Water
It’s fine to substitute dried shiitakes for the fresh variety. In fact, the dried ones deliver a richer, more intense flavor. To rehydrate, soak in boiling water (removed from heat) for 30 minutes. Pat dry and use as you would fresh. Don’t toss the soaking water: It makes a delicious base for soups!
Recipes by Paige Grandjean