Buying chanterelles: how to determine freshness and quality

Updated: 09/09/2022 – 16:11

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Buying chanterelles: how to determine freshness and quality

A simple and easy gourmet meal at home: Fresh chanterelles taste great.

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A simple and easy gourmet meal at home: Fresh chanterelles taste great.

Eating rotten mushrooms can make you sick. This is how you can tell if chanterelles are really fresh and worth the money when you buy them.

Chanterelles are a delicacy. And now, in the middle of the season, wild mushrooms are sold everywhere. However, freshness and quality are the last and final of all mushroom dishes. Good reason to pay attention to a few features when buying chanterelles. Because chanterelles from supermarkets, discounters and green grocers are often not fresh. Unfortunately, this also applies to goods from the weekly market. But thanks to our guide, you will be prepared for your next purchase and will appreciate the freshness and quality of chanterelles like a professional.

1. Buying chanterelles: the origin

Most of the chanterelles we offer come from Eastern Europe. Collecting, sorting, packing and transporting the mushrooms takes time, sometimes even several days. The mushrooms are no longer fresh and therefore do not taste as good. It is also possible for pathogens to feel comfortable already on the fungus or in the fungus. So better buy local chanterelles.

And with these recipes, then they put fresh chanterelles in the light. For example, there’s never a wrong time for a quick and creamy chanterelle omelette. We enjoy it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Another recipe for mushroom lovers is a fragrant pizza with chanterelles and bacon. It creates Italian moments in our lives. We also spoil ourselves and others with soft potato dumplings with chanterelles and bacon rocket salad. They taste good to die for. Vegetarian Chanterelle Quiche with Creamy Cream and Mountain Cheese is a feast for the sweet tooth and the eyes. Such a down-to-earth and delicious dish reminds us of a holiday in the mountains. After the walk, it was such a quiz and it’s simply amazing.

2. The smell and appearance of chanterelles

Fresh chanterelles smell earthy, glow golden-yellow and look juicy and plump. Their flesh is solid and colorless. In addition, they do not have soft or even dry areas. It’s also a nice little hat or not on or under the ends. If you see a bit of sand or a bit of dirt, that’s fine. And if the price is right, we will definitely buy it. But how is it really?

Looking for some variety in chanterelle food? There are many ways to combine small boys. Browse our gallery and get inspired:

Danger: If you find moldy or rotten spots on chanterelles, report this to the sales staff. These damaged areas can become infected. Common symptoms include diarrhea, dizziness, abdominal pain, and vomiting. Yes, it’s true: mushroom poisoning can be fatal.

3. Buy chanterelles – wrapped in foil or not?

Fresh mushrooms are soft, they don’t like to be crowded. If they are close to each other, they often react with pressure points. Unwanted microorganisms can penetrate these. This fact alone speaks volumes about buying chanterelles loosely.

Another reason is that plastic films are not suitable for the environment: condensation can form in the packaging. The result: the mushrooms begin to grow wet, thin and moldy. No one wants and should eat this. Also, your field of view is limited by the foil. So you can’t check all items.

We have more delicious recipes for chanterelle season. In particular, farfalle with chicken curry sauce and chanterelles and creamy cheese spatula with chanterelles and three types of cheese are currently on the table. And when neighbors or friends visit us, we are always happy to have garlic bruschetta with chanterelles and roasted chanterelles on toasted raclette bread. As you can see, chanterelles are delicious and versatile in the kitchen. Grilled, roasted or baked, there’s no better taste of fall.

Many gourmets pick their own mushrooms. You can’t buy fresh produce. However, mushroom picking is not harmless fun, the enjoyment of some of their partners can end up fatal. Always remember. In our video, we show you what to consider when choosing mushrooms:

When in doubt, it is better to leave the mushroom where it is, because poisonous mushrooms can spoil everything else in the basket.

And after taking mushrooms you can talk to one Mushroom advice turn around. There – usually – you can show the collected samples for free. Because many mushrooms have two folds. Or they contain fox tapeworm eggs. You can find more facts, tips, advice and recipes on the chanterelles topic page.

4. Our tip

Buy local fresh and loose chanterelles. Process the chanterelles as soon as possible. Same day best. Until then, keep it in the refrigerator without cleaning it on paper towels.


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