A better way to rehydrate dried shiitake mushrooms!

Food and Drinks

I will share what I learned from shiitake mushroom farm!

How you rehydrate dried shiitake mushrooms is a key to make them delicious. The steps are not difficult so I hope you will try this at home!

Before going to the steps, lets make sure what we need. We only need three things. Dried shiitake mushrooms, cold water and Tupperwear.

Then follow these 5 steps.

1. Gently rinse the dried shiitake mushrooms with cold water to get rid of any dirt.
2. Place the dried shiitake mushrooms in a Tupperwear and cover them with cold water.
3. Soak the dried shiitake mushrooms in the water.
4. Put them in the fridge.
5. Leave them in the fridge for a night.
(Better to leave them in the fridge more than 10 hours.)

Easy steps!! Takes hours, but basically you don’t have to do anything after putting them in the fridge. Just sleep and let them soak!

Soaking dried shiitake mushrooms in cold water for longer hours makes them deeply flavored, amazingly firm and velvety.

After more than 10 hours, take shiitake mushrooms out of the liquid and removes the stems. Now shiitake mushrooms are all ready to be cooked!!

Don’t throw the liquid away! The liquid contains lots of nutrition and rich flavor! This is a great dashi broth! Japanese use this broth to cook miso soup, udon, etc…  You can store this broth in the fridge for a week or freezer for a month.

Hope you enjoy whole dried shiitake mushrooms!!


  1. Hello

    I have mine in a jar of water in the fridge for over 2 week, is it OK to use it that way? They look and taste perfect…

    • Hello. over 2 weeks in the fridge… I am not sure…but I don’t recommend to use it. If you keep it in the fridge, it’s better to use it within a week. After rehydrating the shiitake mushrooms once, I usually take out the shiitake mushrooms. Then, keep the soup and mushrooms separately in the freezer. That way, it tastes good for a month.

  2. Can I post part of this on my website if I include a reference to this webpage?

    • Hello. Thank you for the comment. Sorry for the late reply. Sure. Would you send us the link when you do?