Honey, I Preserved the Mushrooms: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Preserve Honey Mushrooms

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There's something undeniably magical about stumbling upon a patch of honey mushrooms in the wild. These delightful fungi not only offer a unique taste and numerous health benefits but also serve as a reminder of nature's bountiful offerings. Once you've collected a generous haul, you may find yourself wondering how to preserve honey mushrooms for future culinary adventures. Worry not, for we've got you covered! In this article, we'll provide a step-by-step guide on how to preserve honey mushrooms, so you can savor their sweet, earthy flavor all year round.

Step 1: Clean and prepare the honey mushrooms

Before you can dive into preserving your honey mushrooms, it's essential to clean and prepare them properly. Start by brushing off any dirt or debris using a soft brush or damp paper towel. Then, trim the ends of the stems and discard any damaged or discolored parts. Finally, slice the mushrooms into thin, even pieces to ensure they preserve evenly.

Step 2: Choose your preservation method

There are several methods to choose from when deciding how to preserve honey mushrooms. Here, we'll discuss three popular techniques: drying, freezing, and pickling. Each method has its advantages, so choose the one that best suits your needs and preferences.


Drying is an excellent method for preserving honey mushrooms, as it helps retain their flavor and nutritional content. To dry your mushrooms:

  1. Preheat your oven to the lowest setting or use a food dehydrator.

  2. Arrange the sliced mushrooms in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or on the dehydrator trays.

  3. Dry the mushrooms for several hours, turning them occasionally, until they are completely dry and brittle.

  4. Once dried, store your honey mushrooms in an airtight container and keep them in a cool, dark place. To rehydrate, simply soak them in water for 30 minutes before using them in your favorite recipes.


Freezing is another effective way to preserve honey mushrooms while maintaining their texture and flavor. To freeze your mushrooms:

  1. Blanch the sliced mushrooms by boiling them in water for 3-5 minutes, then transfer them to an ice bath to stop the cooking process.

  2. Drain the mushrooms well and pat them dry with a clean towel.

  3. Arrange the blanched mushrooms in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze them until solid (about 1-2 hours).

  4. Transfer the frozen mushrooms to a resealable plastic bag or an airtight container and store them in the freezer.

  5. When you're ready to use your frozen honey mushrooms, simply add them directly to your dish, as they don't need to be thawed beforehand.


Pickling is a flavorful and fun way to preserve honey mushrooms while adding a tangy twist to their taste. To pickle your mushrooms:

  1. Sterilize your canning jars and lids by boiling them in water for 10 minutes.

  2. Prepare a pickling brine by combining equal parts water and vinegar, along with salt, sugar, and your choice of spices (such as peppercorns, garlic, and dill).

  3. Bring the brine to a boil, then add the sliced mushrooms and simmer for 5 minutes.

  4. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the mushrooms to the sterilized jars, leaving about 1/2 inch of headspace at the top.

  5. Pour the hot brine over the mushrooms, ensuring they are fully submerged, and seal the jars with sterilized lids.

  6. Process the jars in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes, then let them cool completely before storing them in a cool, dark place. Wait at least one week before opening the jars to allow the flavors to develop.

Step 3: Label and store your preserved honey mushrooms

Regardless of the preservation method you choose, it's crucial to label your containers with the date and type of preservation. This will help you keep track of your preserved honey mushrooms and ensure you use them within their shelf life.

Dried honey mushrooms can last for up to a year when stored in a cool, dark place. Frozen mushrooms should be used within 6-9 months, while pickled mushrooms can last for up to a year when stored properly.

Step 4: Enjoy your preserved honey mushrooms in a variety of dishes

Now that you know how to preserve honey mushrooms, it's time to enjoy their unique flavor in your favorite recipes! Dried and rehydrated mushrooms can be added to soups, stews, risottos, and pasta dishes, while frozen mushrooms work well in stir-fries, sautés, and casseroles. Pickled honey mushrooms make a delicious addition to salads, sandwiches, and antipasto platters or can be enjoyed on their own as a tangy, flavorful snack.

Learning how to preserve honey mushrooms is an invaluable skill that allows you to enjoy the benefits of these delightful fungi throughout the year. Whether you choose to dry, freeze, or pickle your honey mushrooms, each method offers a unique way to savor their delicious taste and nutritional benefits. So go ahead and embark on your preservation journey, and don't forget to share your preserved honey mushrooms with friends and family, showcasing the incredible flavors of nature's bounty.

Remember, our mission at Foraged is to empower small-scale food purveyors to grow sustainable businesses and provide easy access to natural foods. We believe that food is not just about eating; it's about living. So, let's live well, eat well, and celebrate the art of foraging and preserving together. Happy foraging!

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