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How to Prepare Wood Ear Mushrooms

Learning How to Prepare Wood Ear Mushrooms for recipes is going the best new culinary skills you have learned this year and 10 health reasons to enjoy them.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Sides
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Cardiac Friendly, Chinese New Year, Diabetic Friendly, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Low Carb, Mushrooms, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 21kcal
Author: Healthy World Cuisine


  • 1 cup Dried wood ear mushrooms
  • Boiling water
    enough to cover mushrooms in your bowl
  • Clean water to rinse
  • Knife and cutting board


  • Add your boiling water to your dried wood ear mushrooms. It should be enough to cover the mushrooms and place a lid on to keep the mushrooms submerged. Soak mushrooms in hot water for at least 15 minutes or until pliable.
  • Rinse the mushrooms one by one under the sink and massage under the water until clean.
  • Pat dry
  • Chop or thinly slice mushrooms for your recipe.
  • Wood ear Mushrooms that are rehydrated are best used immediately for that meal only. You CANNOT store rehydrated wood ear mushrooms in water in the refrigerator overnight due to possible cross contamination. See Notes below for details.
  • Dried wood ear mushrooms can be kept dry up to a year if stored in an air tight container or bag. Soaked and softened mushrooms need to be consumed immediately.


Please note that you must hydrate, cook and eat your wood ear mushrooms for ONE meal and ONE MEAL ONLY!  You cannot store in water in the refrigerator or freezer, due to risk of spoilage and cross contamination (Pseudomonas cocovenenans from the soil they were grown in)
Hydrate enough wood ear mushrooms what you want to cook for that meal only. Please read this article from the Macau Food Safety Board for more information regarding Wood Ear Mushrooms and Storage.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 21kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Iron: 1mg