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#3221840 - 04/14/13 04:32 PM MOREL IDENTIFICATION???
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Hey morel experts, can you help verify that these are morels? I found them today fishing, and since they're not prevalent around west TN, I know very little about them. Some "field research" indicates these are indeed morels, but since I'm a rookie, what say you? They're much lighter in color than most others I see on here, and they seem to be a lot bigger.



The one on the left is biggest


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#3221845 - 04/14/13 04:44 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: TAFKAP]
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Yep. They're hollow. You're safe.
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#3221846 - 04/14/13 04:45 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: Trapper John]
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What kind of area did you find them in. Those are morels as trapper pointed out.
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#3221848 - 04/14/13 04:50 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: trealtree]
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Nope, not morels. Just send 'em to me. \:D

Nice ones. Be sure to soak 'em for awhile before cooking.

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#3221851 - 04/14/13 04:52 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: trealtree]
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They were in the shade growing up from the ground.

The information I found online says that the cap is connected to the stem the entire length of the shroom.....these are. There should be some bumpiness to the stem....there is on the inside. And, they're hollow.

Are there any other indicators that I should keep an eye out for? What do morels smell like? These have a bit of a licorice odor to them.

How do you clean them and prep them for cooking? Sauté them in butter?
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#3221857 - 04/14/13 04:55 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: TAFKAP]
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I like them battered like fish and fried. Corn meal and a little flour to help it stick.
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#3221859 - 04/14/13 04:57 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: elkman]
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This is the picture from Catman's "Motherlode #1" thread. His seem a lot smaller than mine, and the caps are darker. This is one thing that has me concerned about finding false morels.

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#3221864 - 04/14/13 05:03 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: TAFKAP]
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There's dark capped ones and some white ones too.
You have morels bud. The one by your hand is a good one.

Cooking them varies with taste.
I soak mine in salt water for a few hours / half day.
Saute and throw on a steak or eat as a side.


Edited by preds1 (04/14/13 05:27 PM)

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#3221867 - 04/14/13 05:06 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: preds1]
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How much of the stem should I trim off? Any? I sliced them with my knife pretty close to the ground.
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#3221872 - 04/14/13 05:11 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: TAFKAP]
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 Originally Posted By: TAFKAP
How much of the stem should I trim off? Any? I sliced them with my knife pretty close to the ground.


Not much at all, I just trim them at the bottom a little because of my OCD.


Edited by preds1 (04/14/13 05:12 PM)

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#3221877 - 04/14/13 05:15 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: preds1]
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I'm stoked about this. Thanks for the confirmation, guys!
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#3221878 - 04/14/13 05:20 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: TAFKAP]
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Just be sure to soak 'em well. If you want to eat 'em tomorrow I'd soak them overnight in saltwater.

Otherwise, they'll taste terrible. Done right, they're my favorite by far.
Good finds by the way.


Edited by preds1 (04/14/13 05:21 PM)

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#3221901 - 04/14/13 05:36 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: preds1]
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I want to eat them tonight.......soaking mushrooms goes against everything I know. What do they taste like without soaking?
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#3221908 - 04/14/13 05:40 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: TAFKAP]
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Nasty, you'll spit 'em out. (Trust me, I've done it)
I'd soak overnight for sure.

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#3221917 - 04/14/13 05:46 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: preds1]
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TAFKAP, the lighting in my pic makes em look darker. But there are also black morels and these are brown with black ridges when mature. You have found some very nice yellows, which is the largest species. There are yellow, grey, black morels, and half-free morels which are not attached to the stem at the base, but are still hollow and edible. The only look-alike is false morels which look more like a brain and are not hollow and I've never found any. Morels come in many shapes, sizes and colors and all you need to know is the sponge-like appearance and a completely hollow stem. Enjoy your meal, just had a few of them myself.
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#3221919 - 04/14/13 05:47 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: preds1]
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 Originally Posted By: preds1
Nasty, you'll spit 'em out. (Trust me, I've done it)
I'd soak overnight for sure.



You're killing me, dude.

I sliced a little piece to taste test (mainly to see if my tongue would fall off :D), and it didn't really have any flavor at all. I wonder if these light colored ones might be milder than the darker ones I'm so used to seeing.
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#3221921 - 04/14/13 05:47 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: TAFKAP]
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 Originally Posted By: TAFKAP
They were in the shade growing up from the ground.

The information I found online says that the cap is connected to the stem the entire length of the shroom.....these are. There should be some bumpiness to the stem....there is on the inside. And, they're hollow.

Are there any other indicators that I should keep an eye out for? What do morels smell like? These have a bit of a licorice odor to them.

How do you clean them and prep them for cooking? Sauté them in butter?


Lol I would hope they were growing from the ground. I meant as in lowland, river bottom, lake side, side of hill. Etc.. Reason I ask is I have never found any while fishing ,but I have found them in upland areas while turkey hunting.
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#3221922 - 04/14/13 05:48 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: preds1]
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 Originally Posted By: preds1
Nasty, you'll spit 'em out. (Trust me, I've done it)
I'd soak overnight for sure.

that's weird, I haven't soaked any this year and they taste pretty good sautéed in butter with salt and pepper. Fresh from the woods
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#3221924 - 04/14/13 05:49 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: TAFKAP]
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 Originally Posted By: TAFKAP
 Originally Posted By: preds1
Nasty, you'll spit 'em out. (Trust me, I've done it)
I'd soak overnight for sure.



You're killing me, dude.

I sliced a little piece to taste test (mainly to see if my tongue would fall off :D), and it didn't really have any flavor at all. I wonder if these light colored ones might be milder than the darker ones I'm so used to seeing.
yellows do have lighter flavor than blacks. Be sure to cook em before eating (not sure why, but that's what everyone says)
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#3221936 - 04/14/13 05:58 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: catman529]
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
 Originally Posted By: preds1
Nasty, you'll spit 'em out. (Trust me, I've done it)
I'd soak overnight for sure.

that's weird, I haven't soaked any this year and they taste pretty good sautéed in butter with salt and pepper. Fresh from the woods


Just how I grew up doing it in MI and then down here.
Glad they turned out for you. I just wouldn't do it without thoroughly soaking. Tomato/Tomaato.

Maybe search a morel site before deciding.


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#3221942 - 04/14/13 06:05 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: catman529]
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
 Originally Posted By: preds1
Nasty, you'll spit 'em out. (Trust me, I've done it)
I'd soak overnight for sure.

that's weird, I haven't soaked any this year and they taste pretty good sautéed in butter with salt and pepper. Fresh from the woods




I didn't do any soaking and mine tasted great!!!!
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#3221947 - 04/14/13 06:10 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: preds1]
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Yep, those are Morels, and as catman said the only other mushroom that looks close is the False Morel, and when you cut it, it will NOT be hollow, and like catman, I've never found a False Morel either which I suppose means they are rare.

Once I split the in half (like you show) I soak them in saltwater during the night, and cook them the next day, like frying a fish (also the look of when your frying them is how they got their other name---Dry Land Fish).

They have a pretty low shelf life unless you dry them, like I eat mine always before the third day after picking.
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#3221964 - 04/14/13 06:50 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: Outdoor life]
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http://thegreatmorel.com/
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#3221977 - 04/14/13 07:06 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: trealtree]
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 Originally Posted By: trealtree
 Originally Posted By: TAFKAP
They were in the shade growing up from the ground.

The information I found online says that the cap is connected to the stem the entire length of the shroom.....these are. There should be some bumpiness to the stem....there is on the inside. And, they're hollow.

Are there any other indicators that I should keep an eye out for? What do morels smell like? These have a bit of a licorice odor to them.

How do you clean them and prep them for cooking? Sauté them in butter?


Lol I would hope they were growing from the ground. I meant as in lowland, river bottom, lake side, side of hill. Etc.. Reason I ask is I have never found any while fishing ,but I have found them in upland areas while turkey hunting.


Well, as opposed to growing out the side of a rotten stump or something \:\)

I was fishing the Wolf River, but it's not quite in "the bottoms"......the Wolf doesn't typically run out of its banks where I was. They were growing up on the bluff a bit.
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#3221981 - 04/14/13 07:08 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: TAFKAP]
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Thanks for all the help, guys. I'm about to sauté them in butter and report back. I hope they live up to the hype. Brief soak in salt water, and they've been drying on a towel for about an hour.

I happened to notice a 2oz. package of dried morels at The Fresh Market tonight....$14.99
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#3222009 - 04/14/13 07:29 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: TAFKAP]
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\:D \:D Yep, pickers used to sell 'em by the pound to restaurants in the northern parts of MI.

Good luck. Nothing like going from woods & water to the dinner plate.

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#3222076 - 04/14/13 08:40 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: preds1]
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soaking dont do much for or against the taste mainly used with salt to kill the bugs out and to wash out any sand or dirt sediment,which if you dont wash them good you will eventually get a mess that is gritty....not good !!
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#3222151 - 04/14/13 10:14 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: sure shot]
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No need to soak them in salt water. You ever heard of soaking any other type of mushroom in water for any good reason? Seems to me that it would just make or soggy. Just rinse and eat.
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#3222154 - 04/14/13 10:26 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: Poser]
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 Originally Posted By: Poser
No need to soak them in salt water. You ever heard of soaking any other type of mushroom in water for any good reason? Seems to me that it would just make or soggy. Just rinse and eat.
yes the last thing I want is the shrooms bleeding water in the pan when I want them slightly brown around the edges and not soggy.
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#3222158 - 04/14/13 10:32 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: Poser]
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 Originally Posted By: Poser
No need to soak them in salt water. You ever heard of soaking any other type of mushroom in water for any good reason? Seems to me that it would just make or soggy. Just rinse and eat.


I pulled them out of the water after the cling-ons fell off. They dried on the towel for a couple hours until everything else was ready.

They came out very nicely. There wasn't much taste difference compared to maybe a portobella, but they were definitely worth looking out for. Most importantly, it's always good to kill something and drag it home for dinner \:D
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#3222159 - 04/14/13 10:33 PM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: sure shot]
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I do not believe there is such a thing as a morel. I have searched high and low, bottoms and hill tops, fence rows and wood lots, cedar thickets and brushy fields. I am here to tell you there is no such thing as a morel.

End of story. FWIW, I have not seen any elfs or cougars either. \:\(
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#3222195 - 04/15/13 04:58 AM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: plinker22]
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 Originally Posted By: plinker22
I do not believe there is such a thing as a morel. I have searched high and low, bottoms and hill tops, fence rows and wood lots, cedar thickets and brushy fields. I am here to tell you there is no such thing as a morel.

End of story. FWIW, I have not seen any elfs or cougars either. \:\(


I sadly concur plink...never found the first one myself either. \:\(
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#3222220 - 04/15/13 06:54 AM Re: MOREL IDENTIFICATION??? [Re: MUP]
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I need a(good) morel hunter to come to my place and search,heck he can even have them.Any afternoon this week.
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