Panning For Gold: How to Preserve Golden Chanterelle Mushrooms

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Are you a fan of golden chanterelle mushrooms? If so, you know all too well how scrumptious they can be in a variety of dishes. Whether sautéed in butter and garlic or added to a creamy risotto, these mushrooms are beloved by many.

However, finding them fresh can be a challenge. Wild mushrooms are mostly seasonal and tend to grow in particular regions. Even if you do find them, they can be quite pricey and therefore worth preserving.

That’s where we come in. In this article, we will teach you how to preserve gold chanterelles and store them for future use. It is simpler than you think!


Before you start the preservation process, it is important to clean the mushrooms well. Here’s how: take a soft brush and gently remove any dirt or debris from the mushrooms' cap and stem. If the mushroom is very dirty, you can rinse it briefly with cold water. Do not soak them for too long as they can become waterlogged. 

Once the mushrooms are cleaned, lay them out on a paper towel to dry. Ensure that they don’t touch each other as it can lead to faster spoilage.


Drying mushrooms is an excellent way to preserve them for a long time. To dry your golden chanterelles, slice them into small, thin pieces or leave them whole if they are small. Spread the slices or pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place them in a low oven at 140-150°F.

It is important to dry the mushrooms at a low temperature to avoid cooking them and therefore losing their flavor. Depending on the thickness of the mushrooms and your oven, the drying process can take anywhere from 1-3 hours. Keep an eye on the mushrooms to ensure they don’t burn or over-dry.

Once your golden chanterelles are dry, remove them from the oven and let them cool completely. Store them in an airtight container or a vacuum-sealed bag in a cool, dry, and dark place. You can choose to grind them into powder or keep them as slices. The dried mushrooms can be rehydrated by soaking them in warm water for around 30 minutes.


Freezing is another simple way to preserve golden chanterelles. Freezing mushrooms retain their texture and nutrition, and they can be used straight from the freezer without the need for thawing.

To freeze, clean and slice the golden chanterelles, then spread them on a baking sheet and pop them in the freezer. Once frozen, remove them from the sheet and store them in an airtight container or a vacuum-sealed bag. Label the container with the date and store it in the freezer.

When you’re ready to use your frozen mushrooms, take out the desired amount and add them directly to your recipe.


One unique way to preserve golden chanterelles is by pickling them. Pickling is a process where vegetables are soaked in a vinegar solution.

To pickle your chanterelles, clean them and slice them into small pieces, then set them aside. Take a saucepan, add white vinegar, sugar, salt, and other spices of your choice, bring the mixture to a boil, and let it cool.

Once cooled, pour the vinegar solution over the chanterelles, cover them completely, and store them in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Let the mushrooms pickle for at least 24 hours before consuming.


Canning gray chanterelles requires a bit more effort, but it ensures that you have mushrooms ready to use all-year-round. To can, clean the mushrooms and slice them into small pieces. Then, sterilize your canning jars and lids according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Next, pack the mushrooms into the jars, leaving a half-inch space at the top. Add salt and any other seasonings of your choice. Fill the jars with hot water, leaving a half-inch headspace. Wipe the rims clean and cover them with sterilized lids and rings.

Place the jars in a canning pot and ensure they are covered with water. Process them for 90 minutes if you are preserving pints or 120 minutes for quarts.

Preserving gold chanterelles is relatively simple, and there are many ways to do it. Drying, freezing, pickling, and canning are all great ways to ensure that you never run out of these delicious mushrooms. The key is to clean them thoroughly, store them in an airtight container or vacuum-sealed bag, and store them in a cool and dry place. By following these tips, you’ll have a steady supply of golden chanterelles ready to use!

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