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  1. #1
    Jim Elbrecht Guest

    Default Puffball bonanza!

    This stinkin' weather is good for something after all. I haven't
    stumbled across a giant puffball in years. Found a patch of a dozen
    tonight and brought a 4-5 pounder home.

    We saute 'd 1/2 of it for a snack. Damn they're good. I love it
    when something I haven't eaten in years tastes just as good as I
    remember it.

    Not sure what I'll do with the rest tomorrow-- or if I'll go back for
    more. There are another 1/2 dozen that will be good for a few days.

    I've never frozen any- and have read that drying doesn't work well for
    them.

    Anyone have some ideas on how they like theirs, or preservation
    techniques?

    Jim

  2. #2
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Puffball bonanza!


    "Jim Elbrecht" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > This stinkin' weather is good for something after all. I haven't
    > stumbled across a giant puffball in years. Found a patch of a dozen
    > tonight and brought a 4-5 pounder home.
    >
    > We saute 'd 1/2 of it for a snack. Damn they're good. I love it
    > when something I haven't eaten in years tastes just as good as I
    > remember it.
    >
    > Not sure what I'll do with the rest tomorrow-- or if I'll go back for
    > more. There are another 1/2 dozen that will be good for a few days.
    >
    > I've never frozen any- and have read that drying doesn't work well for
    > them.
    >
    > Anyone have some ideas on how they like theirs, or preservation
    > techniques?


    What's a puffball?



  3. #3
    Giusi Guest

    Default Re: Puffball bonanza!


    "Jim Elbrecht" <[email protected]> ha scritto nel messaggio
    > This stinkin' weather is good for something after all. I haven't
    > stumbled across a giant puffball in years. Found a patch of a dozen
    > tonight and brought a 4-5 pounder home.
    >
    > We saute 'd 1/2 of it for a snack. Damn they're good. I love it
    > when something I haven't eaten in years tastes just as good as I
    > remember it.
    >
    > Not sure what I'll do with the rest tomorrow-- or if I'll go back for
    > more. There are another 1/2 dozen that will be good for a few days.
    >
    > I've never frozen any- and have read that drying doesn't work well for
    > them.



    I am deeply envious. At my farm in the USA there were lots of mushrooms. I
    found the best way to preserve them was to clean, cut and oil blanch them by
    sautèing, then cool and freeze them.
    Some dry fine, but many don't. Freezing them with no cooking can end in
    freezer burn or enzymes that turn them to gel surviving the freezing.
    By not adding anything at all, they could be used in any dish when thawed.



  4. #4
    =?iso-8859-1?Q?TFM=AE?= Guest

    Default Re: Puffball bonanza!

    On Wed, 7 Sep 2011 00:42:51 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:

    > "Jim Elbrecht" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> This stinkin' weather is good for something after all. I haven't
    >> stumbled across a giant puffball in years. Found a patch of a dozen
    >> tonight and brought a 4-5 pounder home.
    >>
    >> We saute 'd 1/2 of it for a snack. Damn they're good. I love it
    >> when something I haven't eaten in years tastes just as good as I
    >> remember it.
    >>
    >> Not sure what I'll do with the rest tomorrow-- or if I'll go back for
    >> more. There are another 1/2 dozen that will be good for a few days.
    >>
    >> I've never frozen any- and have read that drying doesn't work well for
    >> them.
    >>
    >> Anyone have some ideas on how they like theirs, or preservation
    >> techniques?

    >
    > What's a puffball?


    http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Mus...0Puffball.html

    I didn't know what they were either but I kinda figured from the context
    that they were mushrooms.
    My amazing ability to type "puffball" into Google confirmed my thoughts.

    TFM®

  5. #5
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Puffball bonanza!


    "TFM®" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:mhtaqbgzuut2.3k1iziy861o1$.[email protected]..
    > On Wed, 7 Sep 2011 00:42:51 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:
    >
    >> "Jim Elbrecht" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>> This stinkin' weather is good for something after all. I haven't
    >>> stumbled across a giant puffball in years. Found a patch of a dozen
    >>> tonight and brought a 4-5 pounder home.
    >>>
    >>> We saute 'd 1/2 of it for a snack. Damn they're good. I love it
    >>> when something I haven't eaten in years tastes just as good as I
    >>> remember it.
    >>>
    >>> Not sure what I'll do with the rest tomorrow-- or if I'll go back for
    >>> more. There are another 1/2 dozen that will be good for a few days.
    >>>
    >>> I've never frozen any- and have read that drying doesn't work well for
    >>> them.
    >>>
    >>> Anyone have some ideas on how they like theirs, or preservation
    >>> techniques?

    >>
    >> What's a puffball?

    >
    > http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Mus...0Puffball.html
    >
    > I didn't know what they were either but I kinda figured from the context
    > that they were mushrooms.
    > My amazing ability to type "puffball" into Google confirmed my thoughts.


    Ohhhhhh, Okay. Thanks!



  6. #6
    ViLco Guest

    Default Re: Puffball bonanza!

    TFM® wrote:

    > http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Mus...0Puffball.html
    >
    > I didn't know what they were either but I kinda figured from the
    > context that they were mushrooms.


    "Finally maturing, trillions of microscopic spores emerge as a puff of dark
    brown powder when kids kick the mushroom."
    I perfectly remember kicking those mushrooms as a kid, LOL, what a memory...
    Unluckily, I never found one as big as a ping pong ball... Italy is not the
    right place.
    An edible mushroom who's common even here around at just 100 meters above
    sea level is Macrolepiota Procera, whose popular name is "mazza di tamburo"
    (literally "drumstick"), "parasol mushroom" in english.
    I used to pick them when they were about this stage, when the still closed
    cap starts to open:
    http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ma..._procera01.jpg
    I still remember those pans of parasol sauteed in oil, garlic, parsley and a
    pinch of pepper
    --
    ViLco
    Let the liquor do the thinking




  7. #7
    =?iso-8859-1?Q?TFM=AE?= Guest

    Default Re: Puffball bonanza!

    On Wed, 7 Sep 2011 12:18:53 +0200, ViLco wrote:

    > TFM® wrote:
    >
    >> http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Mus...0Puffball.html
    >>
    >> I didn't know what they were either but I kinda figured from the
    >> context that they were mushrooms.

    >
    > "Finally maturing, trillions of microscopic spores emerge as a puff of dark
    > brown powder when kids kick the mushroom."


    Aha! You have answered a question I've had for a while.
    Sometimes I hit these "things" with the WeedEater that produce a copious
    amount of red dust.
    Here in south central Floriduh they're not much bigger than a ping pong
    ball either.

    This time of year (rainy season) we do have other varieties growing up to
    about 8" across. Perhaps if I'd get out more I could find a fresh
    puffball.


    TFM®

  8. #8
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Puffball bonanza!

    On Tue, 06 Sep 2011 20:32:35 -0400, Jim Elbrecht <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >This stinkin' weather is good for something after all. I haven't
    >stumbled across a giant puffball in years. Found a patch of a dozen
    >tonight and brought a 4-5 pounder home.
    >
    >We saute 'd 1/2 of it for a snack. Damn they're good. I love it
    >when something I haven't eaten in years tastes just as good as I
    >remember it.
    >
    >Not sure what I'll do with the rest tomorrow-- or if I'll go back for
    >more. There are another 1/2 dozen that will be good for a few days.
    >
    >I've never frozen any- and have read that drying doesn't work well for
    >them.
    >
    >Anyone have some ideas on how they like theirs, or preservation
    >techniques?


    I had one growing in my yard last year and now again in almost the
    same spot there's one even larger... I've no idea what it weighs as
    it's still there and even larger now than when I photographed it a
    week ago. Last year's just rotted away, I wasn't sure I wanted to
    risk eating it... I figure since the critters won't eat it...
    Under my huge maple tree:
    http://i53.tinypic.com/29cnwie.jpg
    That's a 2 gallon watering can:
    http://i54.tinypic.com/291fd4k.jpg

    If I can only find a woman with breasts like that!


  9. #9
    Val Guest

    Default Re: Puffball bonanza!

    On Sep 6, 5:32*pm, Jim Elbrecht <elbre...@email.com> wrote:
    >
    > Anyone have some ideas on how they like theirs, or preservation
    > techniques?
    >
    > Jim


    We had oodles of these puffballs in Montana. Other than just cooking
    them as I would any other mushroom I used to pickle them. Easy enough
    to do and they are delicious IF you like pickled mushrooms. Some
    batches I made with lots of garlic and pepper flakes, some like dill
    pickles and some as I would bread & butter pickles. I would cut them
    into about 1 inch cubes and proceed as recipes for button mushroom
    caps as instructed. The salty dilled mushrooms are pretty darned good
    in a martini. I used to just put them out for dinner or snacks and
    they disappeared fast. Here's a pretty good web site that will give
    you instructions on canning timing and different ingredients for the
    pickling. http://www.food.com/recipe/home-cann...shrooms-238745
    Feel free to experiment with herbs and spices of your choice, that's
    half the fun.

    Boney Apple-tight!
    Val


  10. #10
    Jean B. Guest

    Default Re: Puffball bonanza!

    Brooklyn1 wrote:
    > On Tue, 06 Sep 2011 20:32:35 -0400, Jim Elbrecht <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> This stinkin' weather is good for something after all. I haven't
    >> stumbled across a giant puffball in years. Found a patch of a dozen
    >> tonight and brought a 4-5 pounder home.
    >>
    >> We saute 'd 1/2 of it for a snack. Damn they're good. I love it
    >> when something I haven't eaten in years tastes just as good as I
    >> remember it.
    >>
    >> Not sure what I'll do with the rest tomorrow-- or if I'll go back for
    >> more. There are another 1/2 dozen that will be good for a few days.
    >>
    >> I've never frozen any- and have read that drying doesn't work well for
    >> them.
    >>
    >> Anyone have some ideas on how they like theirs, or preservation
    >> techniques?

    >
    > I had one growing in my yard last year and now again in almost the
    > same spot there's one even larger... I've no idea what it weighs as
    > it's still there and even larger now than when I photographed it a
    > week ago. Last year's just rotted away, I wasn't sure I wanted to
    > risk eating it... I figure since the critters won't eat it...
    > Under my huge maple tree:
    > http://i53.tinypic.com/29cnwie.jpg
    > That's a 2 gallon watering can:
    > http://i54.tinypic.com/291fd4k.jpg
    >
    > If I can only find a woman with breasts like that!
    >

    Egad! That's enormous. I am envious (I think). I have never
    eaten a puffball. I wonder whether there are any poisonous
    mushrooms that look like them?

    The only ones I have picked in the wild are morels. Well, decades
    ago, I was with a mycologist, and we picked and cooked some
    boletes, which I recall as being disappointing. Hmmm. I passed
    what looked to be sulfur shelves on the way home. Now where WERE
    they? I vaguely recall eating those, or something like them, and
    that THEY were good.

    --
    Jean B.

  11. #11
    Chemo the Clown Guest

    Default Re: Puffball bonanza!

    On Sep 7, 2:25*am, TFM® <hornd...@tampabay.rr.com> wrote:
    > On Wed, 7 Sep 2011 00:42:51 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:
    > > "Jim Elbrecht" <elbre...@email.com> wrote in message
    > >news:[email protected]. .
    > >> This stinkin' weather is good for something after all. * *I haven't
    > >> stumbled across a giant puffball in years. * *Found a patch of a dozen
    > >> tonight and brought a 4-5 pounder home.

    >
    > >> We saute 'd 1/2 of it for a snack. * *Damn they're good. * * Ilove it
    > >> when something I haven't eaten in years tastes just as good as I
    > >> remember it.

    >
    > >> Not sure what I'll do with the rest tomorrow-- or if I'll go back for
    > >> more. * There are another 1/2 dozen that will be good for a few days..

    >
    > >> I've never frozen any- and have read that drying doesn't work well for
    > >> them.

    >
    > >> Anyone have some ideas on how they like theirs, or preservation
    > >> techniques?

    >
    > > What's a puffball?

    >
    > http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Mus...0Puffball.html
    >
    > I didn't know what they were either but I kinda figured from the context
    > that they were mushrooms.
    > My amazing ability to type "puffball" into Google confirmed my thoughts.
    >
    > TFM®


    Yes, you seem to never cease to amaze yourself.

  12. #12
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Puffball bonanza!

    On Wed, 07 Sep 2011 16:13:46 -0400, "Jean B." <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Brooklyn1 wrote:
    >> On Tue, 06 Sep 2011 20:32:35 -0400, Jim Elbrecht <[email protected]>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>> This stinkin' weather is good for something after all. I haven't
    >>> stumbled across a giant puffball in years. Found a patch of a dozen
    >>> tonight and brought a 4-5 pounder home.
    >>>
    >>> We saute 'd 1/2 of it for a snack. Damn they're good. I love it
    >>> when something I haven't eaten in years tastes just as good as I
    >>> remember it.
    >>>
    >>> Not sure what I'll do with the rest tomorrow-- or if I'll go back for
    >>> more. There are another 1/2 dozen that will be good for a few days.
    >>>
    >>> I've never frozen any- and have read that drying doesn't work well for
    >>> them.
    >>>
    >>> Anyone have some ideas on how they like theirs, or preservation
    >>> techniques?

    >>
    >> I had one growing in my yard last year and now again in almost the
    >> same spot there's one even larger... I've no idea what it weighs as
    >> it's still there and even larger now than when I photographed it a
    >> week ago. Last year's just rotted away, I wasn't sure I wanted to
    >> risk eating it... I figure since the critters won't eat it...
    >> Under my huge maple tree:
    >> http://i53.tinypic.com/29cnwie.jpg
    >> That's a 2 gallon watering can:
    >> http://i54.tinypic.com/291fd4k.jpg
    >>
    >> If I can only find a woman with breasts like that!
    >>

    >Egad! That's enormous. I am envious (I think). I have never
    >eaten a puffball. I wonder whether there are any poisonous
    >mushrooms that look like them?
    >
    >The only ones I have picked in the wild are morels. Well, decades
    >ago, I was with a mycologist, and we picked and cooked some
    >boletes, which I recall as being disappointing. Hmmm. I passed
    >what looked to be sulfur shelves on the way home. Now where WERE
    >they? I vaguely recall eating those, or something like them, and
    >that THEY were good.


    When I least expect it I encounter some stange looking fungi here, but
    I don't eat any.

  13. #13
    =?iso-8859-1?Q?TFM=AE?= Guest

    Default Re: Puffball bonanza!

    On Wed, 7 Sep 2011 13:49:36 -0700 (PDT), Chemo the Clown wrote:

    > On Sep 7, 2:25*am, TFM® <hornd...@tampabay.rr.com> wrote:
    >> On Wed, 7 Sep 2011 00:42:51 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:
    >>> "Jim Elbrecht" <elbre...@email.com> wrote in message
    >>>news:[email protected] ...
    >>>> This stinkin' weather is good for something after all. * *I haven't
    >>>> stumbled across a giant puffball in years. * *Found a patch of a dozen
    >>>> tonight and brought a 4-5 pounder home.

    >>
    >>>> We saute 'd 1/2 of it for a snack. * *Damn they're good. * * I love it
    >>>> when something I haven't eaten in years tastes just as good as I
    >>>> remember it.

    >>
    >>>> Not sure what I'll do with the rest tomorrow-- or if I'll go back for
    >>>> more. * There are another 1/2 dozen that will be good for a few days.

    >>
    >>>> I've never frozen any- and have read that drying doesn't work well for
    >>>> them.

    >>
    >>>> Anyone have some ideas on how they like theirs, or preservation
    >>>> techniques?

    >>
    >>> What's a puffball?

    >>
    >> http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Mus...0Puffball.html
    >>
    >> I didn't know what they were either but I kinda figured from the context
    >> that they were mushrooms.
    >> My amazing ability to type "puffball" into Google confirmed my thoughts.
    >>
    >> TFM®

    >
    > Yes, you seem to never cease to amaze yourself.


    How about you go play a game of hide and go **** yourself?

    TFM®

  14. #14
    Cheryl Guest

    Default Re: Puffball bonanza!

    On 9/6/2011 8:32 PM, Jim Elbrecht wrote:

    > This stinkin' weather is good for something after all. I haven't
    > stumbled across a giant puffball in years. Found a patch of a
    > dozen tonight and brought a 4-5 pounder home.
    >

    Not a mushroom fan so no suggestions. However wanted to comment about
    the sprouting fungus after all this rain. I have a new fresh crop of
    Dog Stinkhorn and they are very tall and stinky. There's also a dark
    pink fungus ball and I have no idea what it is.


  15. #15
    Gorio Guest

    Default Re: Puffball bonanza!


    I hunt wild mushrooms all the time. I like boletes and chaterelles,
    along with the Prince, morels, of course, and hericiem erinacea.
    Puffbals are edibel, but choice? No.

    I suupose Shelly would doubt that spreading those spore would produce
    more, though. Keep dreaming sugar!!




    --
    Gorio

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