There are many places in Massachusetts to pick wild mushrooms. We made long trips to Cape Cod in Mass and White Mountains in New Hampshire, but after shaking in the trunk for 2+ hours our mushroom "catch" was in bad shape. To our delight, a couple of years ago we discovered mushrooms in a nearby forest, and since then we pick mushrooms there, mostly for pickling. "Mushrooming", as people from Russian community here call the process of picking mushrooms, is an incredibly interesting and even exciting forest game. Yes, my friends, I consider it a game, a game of searching, sniffing and chasing with a reward in the end, when you finally find what you were looking for. But please-please-please do not endeavour this activity if you don't know mushrooms! Actually, there are no deadly poisonous mushrooms except one Amanita Phalloides commonly known as death cap(blednaya poganka in Russian), but there are other species that may be bad for you and cause a terrible stomach upset that will send you to the toilet more frequently than you can imagine. Best way is to go on a mushrooming tour with an expert, then buy a good book with pictures and pick up safe varieties, such as porcini (bely grib) or chanterelle (lisichka). Interestingly, some varieties that are considered poisonous in the US, are commercially harvested and preserved in Scandinavian countries. Go figure.
|Short-stalk White Russula|
|This is my first jar 2010!|
While mushrooms are boiling, prepare marinade: in a sauce pan mix 1 l filtered water, 2 tbsp salt, add pepper corns and bay leaf, bring to boil, then turn off the heat, and let it stand for some time until mushrooms are ready.