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morels.....anybody gettin' any?

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by ScotO, May 8, 2013.

  1. ScotO

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    I've been WAY too busy to get out much, but I did go out for an hour's walk this evening over on the neighbors farm. Checked out all the places where there's dead elm, crabapple, and other apple trees. Looked among the dead poplars, ash, and shagbark hickory. Nothin.........

    Anybody else finding any?

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  2. fossil

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  3. ScotO

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    o_O

    A couple of guys at work have had great success this spring, one guy took in well over two hundred in an afternoon.....
    The other guy harvested a big grocery bag in a couple hour jaunt....

    Both guys are hunting in "my" neck of the woods.....I think I know where they're gettin' them too.

    Northern slope of the mountain.....I'm heading out after supper for a walk.....;)
  4. pen

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    None of my buddies have come across them yet here.

    Soon I hope.
  5. ScotO

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    well, just got back from a 2 mile walk on the northern slope and NADA......
    Either I just don't have an eye for them anymore or they ain't growing where I'm looking. I'm in the perfect habitat for them, too.

    I DID pick up my first tick of the season tonight.......YUCK!
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  7. thewoodlands

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    I'll start looking this weekend around some of the dead elms an in a couple other areas.
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    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    The friend of mine who picks the most says he always does best in areas where he can find may apples, ash trees and/or apple trees.

    Also, he says to never pick the first one until you are done in that area. Once found, mark it with a stick and use it as a visual reference so you can look back at it, then start the search of the area again.


    pen
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    Heck I had to search for them at Google. Didn't even know what they are.
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  11. Thistle

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    None for me yet,cousin who lives 3 hrs south found a nice sackful on Sunday,couple guys at work who live 1 hour southeast found a few Monday & Tuesday nights after getting home.Parents went out yesterday for a couple hours,nothing yet.

    So it should be this weekend or so for me up here.Wild Plums & Mayapples are blooming,oak leaves are about the size of squirrel's ears now,so its getting close.Cousin found most of his near some dead Ash near fencerow/right of way he said.
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  12. DexterDay

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    Hands down, my favorite tasting mushroom!!

    I haven't been out in years. But a lot of my Buds still go. They still are kind enough to stop by and we will cook a few and have a cold brew or two ;)
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  13. nate379

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    One of my friends just moved to Ohio was was talking about filling a few 50lb pototo bags with them. He had to explain what Morrels was too, I had no clue.

    He said people pay like $50/lb for those things?!

    I told him he'd have to pay me more than $50 to even taste one and I'd need many beers beforehand. He sent me photos and I started gagging just at the sight of them! I'd rather chew on a old sweaty workboot.
  14. ScotO

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    the first time I saw them I felt the same way........until I finally tasted one. If you like mushrooms (and I love mushrooms), they rate right up there with truffles in my book. Go price a pound of truffles at your local gourmet grocer once.....
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    I've got dead elm all over the place on my south facing hillside acreage. Never found a morel there and spent lots of time looking. Talked to an old timer, and he
    said he's been through my woods before I owned it and never found one there either. On the other side of the hill, it's prime morel ground. They are
    a wonderful tasting treat. I won't spend $50/pound, but I have spent $20 for half a pound. Special treat once per year. Sauteed in butter. Yum.
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  16. nate379

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    The only mushrooms I like are those round puffer balls cause I like stepping on them!
  17. BrianK

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    Patients of mine took several grocery bags full (literally!) of morels out of the woods behind my office parking lot last year but I've not found any so far this year:(
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    Shame you aren't closer...it is an Ash tree cemetery around here since Sandy and we have more mushrooms, all kinds, than ever. I find them disgusting but the hubby loves them. He keeps brown paper bags in the car so he can pick them walking home (we have to park at a neighbors a few doors down since there is a 20 yard dumpster in my driveway for our Sandy repairs)

    He bought spores a few years ago to put in a fallen tree and ever since then, they are everywhere after it rains! The kit is $32.95 but google morel mushrooms and you'll see that's a bargain to grow your own! They have all sorts of kits, check them out:
    http://www.gmushrooms.com
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    I found about 60 at the end of an unsuccessful turkey hunt a couple weeks ago. I tripped on one big patch of fresh gray's. They were good sized and probably had just short of 2 lbs. I sent dad back the next day and he found about a dozen or so more.

    We fried them up last Friday. I'm usually good for one batch a year...then I'm done.
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    Get a onion sack full of them from the neighbor...talk a long walk in your woods with it...and then give it back to them. The onion sack will let the spores get out...no guarantees but worth a try.
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    There's a mushroom festival in my county. I could easily make a $200 in a couple hours selling mushrooms. Best I ever averaged was $45/lb.
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  22. ScotO

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    we went out for around 4 hours this morning, ended up with around 40-50 decent morels. Both gray and yellow variety. The grays look to be about finished up, but the yellows appear to be just now coming on....

    Hoping the warm up we're supposed to get mid-week will help push them up. I'd like to get some more before they finish for the season.....

    Pic below of a yellow morel......


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    Put todays find in some salt water to brine, then into the fridge to soak for a day or so, and will hopefully use them up in the next couple days. I'd like to fry some up in the skillet, and make some homemade cream of mushroom soup with the rest of 'em......

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    I had never heard about morel mushrooms either until I started hanging out here. We went to visit relatives in a farming area of the state and I asked them if they had ever heard of them, eaten them. They replied, "Oh, sure! Yummy!" So, while visiting, my request was to try them to see if I liked them. I love store-bought mushrooms.

    After hitting up all the relatives in the area we could think of, no one had any left - but - we were given specific instructions to go over the river (out of state), stop at a certain bar, ask for a certain person.......... and maybe we could get some.

    We did as instructed.

    At the bar we asked for that 'certain' person and relayed our request to which they replied (in an undertone) "Who sent you?"

    After what appeared to be a stealth purchase we carried our goodies back to the relatives homestead where the 'rooms were battered and deep fried in a turkey fryer. Yum yum!

    Now........ don't ask me the name of the river. Don't ask me where the bar is. Don't ask me any names. I know nuttin' - but the 'rooms were fantastic! :)
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  24. ScotO

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    ;lol;lol;lol fuggettabattitt.......:p
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    Over 2 lbs. you have to file a 1099 on them!:)

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