What’s life without Morals?
That’s right, I have no morels, and life with out morels, makes life hard to live. Some say that you don’t need any morels, and maybe that is what they were taught growing up, their parents didn’t have any, so they taught their children that they didn’t need any, and maybe that is what’s wrong with people now days. But on the other hand, the more people who want morels, the fewer it leaves us.
Yes, I’m speaking of Morels and not Morals. It is the season in southern Indiana and Kentucky. These ugly, little, brain looking like growths, are sooooo good! The sad thing is they grow in only a few selected woods in the area, and the season only last a few weeks depending on weather. The other competitions you face when trying to find them are, other people getting them before you, deer and other animals eating them, and their short life span. But once you find a woods and if you pick them correctly, you ca go back to that same place every year and find them again. As far as picking them, you always pinch them off at the ground level, leaving the roots. other than that, there is nothing to it. The other problem, which is a very important one, is to make sure you know what you’re looking for. That and in our area, ticks. Eating the wrong thing or a mushroom can kill you, so make sure you go with someone who knows what to pick and spray yourself with some type of bug spray before entering the woods. But it is a fun thing to do with the family and kids love to find them.
Preparing and Cooking:
1. When you return home, split the morels length ways down the middle, top to bottom.
2. let soak over night in cold salt water in the refrigerator.
3. After you have soaked them, drain off the old water and Bugs, and yes I said bugs, they will be there. Rinse with new water and drain.
4. Some roll the morels in egg before the flour, others roll them directly in flour, either way can be done. The flour should have plenty of black pepper, all placed in a bag for shaking.
5. Get your oil good and hot before placing the morels in the skillet. Fry up to a golden brown and then lay them on a paper towel for draining the oil.
6. Salt and eat while hot, they are really bad when cooled off or cold, but heaven when hot.
Have fun finding them and have even more fun eating them, but just stay out of my woods!