Produce Questions

What’s the conversion ratio from fresh to frozen mushrooms?

While they might vary if you’ve cooked the mushrooms prior to freezing them, raw frozen mushrooms should be pretty much the same (quantity-wise) as their fresh brethren. No recipe conversions should be necessary. Keep in mind that mushrooms that have
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How do you clean fresh truffles?

We recommend you clean fresh truffles by gently rubbing them with a damp cloth. Because this introduces moisture that can cause the truffle to grow mold, we recommend only cleaning them right before you’re going to use them (and only
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What’s the difference between your crystallized & fresh edible flowers?

What’s the difference between your crystallized & fresh edible flowers? We get asked about the differences between our crystallized flowers and  fresh edible flowers a lot. Here’s the basic breakdown:   Fresh Crystalized Texture Pliable Stiff & Brittle Flavors Varies
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Do you contract grow or do your own your own farms?

I assume you’re asking about our produce offerings? We don’t own our own farms, but instead work with farmers, foragers & produce trading markets across the country to build our collection of specialty fruits, vegetables & edible flowers. Some items
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How many pounds of fresh elderberries for a 9″ pie?

We haven’t made elderberry pie in the test kitchen yet, but from looking at a variety of different recipes online it looks like you’re going to want between 3 1/2 and 4 cups of fresh elderberries for a pie. According
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How would you prepare fresh porcinis?

My favorite application for fresh porcini mushrooms is probably simply grilling them and then finishing them with a spritz of lemon juice.  Slice them and put them over pasta or risotto with parmigiano reggiano cheese – heaven!  Of course, you
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Can you dry szechuan buttons…

…and still maintain their potency? We’ve experimented with drying szechuan buttons in a dehydrator, and they do indeed keep their tingling effects!  Our best results probably came from dehydrating at 120°F for four hours, but we also experimented with dehydrating
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We’re picking too many morels to eat right now…

…what should we do with the leftovers? What a delicious problem to have!  We would recommend a) dehydrating them (here’s how) or b) par cooking & freezing them (here’s how). I recommend dehydrating of the two.  Rehydrating dried morels is
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Can I buy florist roses & clean them to make them edible?

…I’m hoping to infuse them into water to flavor it and want to save money. We really wouldn’t recommend it.  We’re not experts on how florist roses are grown, but we suspect they’re fed things as well as sprayed with
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Are French Marigolds Edible?

Despite some people on the internet saying that they are not, French Marigolds are indeed edible according to authoritative sites like the National Gardening Association, Plants for the Future, etc. – Question Submitted by Louise

Which edible flowers work well with dark/milk/white chocolate…?

…in candy bars? I would suggest using the crystallized flowers and flower crystals we sell.  They would have a long shelf life before and after you apply them to your chocolate. The flower crystals are made from sugar and the
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How long can I store fresh white truffles in the fridge?

How long depends on the variety, how you store them (storage tips), and who you got them from (how fresh they were on shipment). Italian White Truffles: Our Alba truffles should last for up to six days after arrival. Our
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Do I need to wash my truffles? Can you recommend a truffle pasta recipe?

Also: Can I store my truffles in their shipping box, or should I remove them before putting them in the refrigerator? I would recommend removing your white truffles from their box and storing them in your refrigerator – here are
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I want fresh truffles for the day after Thanksgiving, when should I order?

Because we cannot ship overnight packages on Thanksgiving day, it isn’t possible to schedule delivery the day after the holiday.  However, fresh white truffles should last around six days in your refrigerator (truffle storage tips), so we suggest ordering now
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How long will white truffles be available?

Because white alba truffles are a wild food, they come and go as they please. Generally their season runs from October to December, and I’ve heard from our importers that Italy is having a strong season this year.  As a result,
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