How do you preserve a puffball?

If you get them in the fridge right away, they should have a great shelf life. Puffballs will stay fresh the longest if they’re kept whole. But chances are that you won’t be able to fit large ones in your fridge in one piece, so you’ll probably need to slice them into segments.

What can you do with puffball mushrooms?

A thick slab of puffball develops a lovely golden color when browned in butter. They are often cut into cubes for cooking. Dip slices in a batter of egg and milk and cover with bread crumbs seasoned with salt and pepper. Sauté in butter and serve with a piquant sauce as the main course for a vegetarian dinner.

How long will a giant puffball mushroom last?

The puffball can be stored for 2-5 days in the refrigerator without losing significant quality.

Can you dry giant puffball mushrooms?

Place the puffballs on cookie sheets or the drying racks of a dehydrator. If you‘re using an oven, put in on the lowest setting possible, and put the puffball pieces on some wax paper on the cookie sheets so they don’t stick. Allow the puffballs to dry completely, until they’re cracker dry.

Can you eat puffball mushrooms raw?

Giant puffballs are a great addition to any meal or can be a meal in itself eaten raw or cooked.

Are puff balls poisonous?

While most puffballs are not poisonous, some often look similar to young agarics, and especially the deadly Amanitas, such as the death cap or destroying angel mushrooms.

What happens if you breathe in puffball spores?

Lycoperdonosis is a respiratory disease caused by the inhalation of large amounts of spores from mature puffballs. It is classified as a hypersensitivity pneumonitis (also called extrinsic allergic alveolitis)—an inflammation of the alveoli within the lung caused by hypersensitivity to inhaled natural dusts.

How can you tell if a puffball is edible?

If a mushroom is a pure white on the inside, with no sign of gills at all, then it’s a puffball. Still, there are a few puffballs that are toxic, so a lack of gills isn’t a sure sign that you have an edible puffball mushroom. A lack of gills and a pure white interior are both required to identify edible species.

How can you tell a puffball?

Basically, find a mushroom that either looks like a ball or a ball with an elongated stem. Pictured right are young Stump Puffballs. For further identification purposes, the ball-like mushroom you have found must be cut in half. Inside, the mushroom should be pure white with a spongy flesh and nothing else.