How to Convert Mushrooms for Your Recipes
Mushrooms can be found in many recipes on reluctantgourmet.com, but they come in all measurements. In this post, I look at the many mushroom conversions, equivalents, and substitutions you may encounter when cooking with them.
We love mushrooms in our house and cook with them all the time. They are great in salads raw but even better when sauteed and added to sauces, soups, and stews.
What I enjoy most about mushrooms is their texture, which will vary with the many types of mushrooms now available at most supermarkets. I remember when you would only find button mushrooms at the market, but today, you'll find portobello, cremini, oyster, shiitake, morel, and plenty more.
Mushrooms in Recipes
I typically buy my mushrooms fresh & whole and then cut them according to the dish I'm preparing or the recipe I follow. However, you may find a recipe that calls for fresh morels, but you can only find dried morels at the market.
- Or what about converting whole to sliced, chopped, or canned?
- Or what about cooked to uncooked mushrooms?
- Or you may have a jar of powdered mushrooms in your pantry that you want to substitute for dried mushrooms.
Mushroom Conversions & Equivalents & Substitutions
Below are some important mushroom conversions you'll find handy and easy to use when preparing any meal where they are required.
Note: there are so many mushroom varieties, and their conversions will differ depending on the individual mushroom. These conversions look at button mushrooms, the most common mushroom available, but will be approximately the same for other fresh mushrooms unless noted below.
Button Mushroom Conversions - what does 1 pound of fresh button mushrooms look like?
1 pound of fresh button mushrooms equals:
- approximately 22 medium-sized fresh mushrooms
- 5 cups sliced mushrooms
- 6 cups chopped mushrooms
- 3 ounces of dried mushrooms reconstituted
- 2 cups of cooked mushrooms
- 2 cups of sliced, cooked mushrooms
How to Convert Sliced Fresh Mushrooms to Canned Mushrooms
With all the fresh mushrooms now available at my local supermarkets, I don't typically cook with many canned mushrooms, but that doesn't mean I don't always have them in my pantry. There may be that occasion I need mushrooms for a recipe and don't feel like running out to the store for them.
- 1 four-ounce can of button mushrooms (sliced or whole) = ¾ cup of mushrooms
- 8 ounces of sliced fresh button mushrooms = 4 ounces of sliced can mushrooms drained.
- 8 ounces of sliced fresh button mushrooms = 1 ½ ounces of dried mushrooms that have been reconstituted.
How to Convert Dried Button Mushrooms to Fresh Button Mushrooms
- 1.5 ounces of dried mushrooms = 8 ounces of fresh sliced mushrooms
- 1.5 ounces of dried mushrooms = 4 ounces of canned sliced mushrooms drained.
How to Covert Powdered Mushrooms to Fresh Button Mushrooms
- 1 tablespoon of powdered mushrooms = 4 ounces of fresh mushrooms
- 1 tablespoon of powdered mushrooms = 3 tablespoons whole dried mushrooms
- 1 tablespoon of powdered mushrooms = 2 ounces canned mushrooms drained
How to Convert Fresh Mushrooms to Dried Mushrooms:
The conversion of fresh mushrooms to dried mushrooms for a recipe will depend on what measurement they give you in the recipe - pounds, ounces, or cups. Here we go:
- If the recipe asks for pounds: Multiply the pounds by 16, then divide by 5.33 = ounces of dried you need.
For example, if the recipe requires 2 pounds of fresh mushrooms, the conversion would be 2 x 16 = 32 divided by 5.33 = 6 ounces of dried mushrooms.
- If the recipe asks for ounces: Divide the ounces by 5.33 = ounces of dried you need.
For example, if the recipe requires 16 ounces of fresh mushrooms, the conversion would be 16 divided by 5.33 = 3 ounces of dried mushrooms.
How to Convert Dried Mushrooms to Fresh Mushrooms:
The conversion of dried mushrooms to fresh mushrooms for a recipe will depend on what measurement they give you in the recipe - pounds, ounces, or cups. Here we go:
- If the recipe asks for ounces: Multiply the ounces by 5.33 = ounces of fresh mushrooms you need.
For example, if the recipe requires 1 ounce of dried mushrooms and you only have fresh, the conversion would be 1 x 5.33 = 5.33 ounces of fresh mushrooms.
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