Shiitake Mushroom Log

shiitake mushroom log in glass
*photos courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

I’ve become slightly addicted to the Fried Shiitake Mushrooms I made this week. I want to make them for every gathering that we either attend or host. I just want everyone to know how good they are…and also because I can’t stop eating them.

I’ve thought of some great dipping sauces to go along with them too, even though they are so good just on their own…

Maybe an asian dipping sauce like something with teriyaki and ginger? Or a horseradish or garlic aioli? Even a homemade honey mustard sauce would be good.

But as anyone who has gotten shiitake mushrooms before at the grocery store knows…they’re a little bit pricey. A small container usually goes for about $4.50. Which doesn’t seem like too much, but you need to buy a few containers to make anything with them. Definitely more expensive than a regular button mushroom where you can usually get a 10 oz. package for $1.99

But shiitake mushrooms have so much more flavor than regular white mushrooms. There’s really no substitute for certain recipes.

So this explains why I was pretty excited to find this Shiitake Mushroom Log. You can grown your own shiitake mushrooms – on a log. Right in your own kitchen!

I found this while flipping through Williams-Sonoma, but you can also get it on Amazon.

All you have to do is soak the log in water and mist it a few times and you can start harvesting mushrooms within a few weeks – and for up to three years! Not bad for a price of $29.95.

This Shiitake Mushroom Log is totally low-maintenance. You really don’t have to do much to it at all, which is good since we are not really “green thumb” people in my house.

Thankfully now there won’t be a shortage of Fried Shiitake Mushrooms in my house!

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