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Offline Rogizoja

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Mushroom Ketchup - a taste revelation!!
« on: January 19, 2014, 02:20:45 pm »
Waitrose had drastically reduced the price of a heap of mushrooms so on a whim I headed home with a couple of kilos. Then what to do with them  ???. After a bit of researching and some experimenting, I have finally come up with this delicious sauce based on the popular sauce from the 1800s. It's packed with LOADS of umami character (think of a cross between worcestershire sauce and soy sauce) and great for adding extra punch and flavour to all stews, casseroles, stir-frys, in fact just about anything (try spreading thinly on toast, top with cheese and pop under the grill till bubbling - deeelicious).

Mushroom Ketchup
Ingredients:
1 kg Mushrooms, quartered if large Portobello type (any type will do but open-cap makes a darker sauce)
2 tablespoons Salt
1 large Onion, quartered
3 large cloves Garlic
5 cm piece Ginger root, sliced across into discs
4 Bay leaves, crumbled
1/2 Nutmeg, grated
1/2 teaspoon ground Allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground Black Pepper
250 gm Cider vinegar
50 gm soft brown Muscovado Sugar

Method:
1. Chop mushrooms in two or three batches at speed 4 for about 5 seconds
2. Transfer to a bowl and mix with the salt then cover and leave for about 24 hours at room temperature, mixing occasionally.
3. Add onion, garlic, ginger and spices to the bowl and chop at speed 5 about 5 seconds then scrape down.
4. Add all of the salty mushroom mixture (do not rinse)
5. Add the vinegar and sugar and cook at speed 2, 100įC for 60 minutes, MC off and basket inverted on the lid to allow the mix to reduce.
6. Process at speed 10 for at least 2 minutes until very smooth - it should be gloopy, like tomato ketchup.
7. Transfer to warmed sterilised jars/bottles and seal (you could also use ziploc bags and freeze once cooled).

I'm not sure what the shelf-life is but with the salt and the vinegar, I guess it should be about six months, much longer if frozen.

ENJOY  ;D
« Last Edit: January 25, 2014, 10:50:02 am by Rogizoja »
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Re: Mushroom Ketchup - a taste revelation!!
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2014, 03:15:03 pm »
This recipe looks good Rob.I bet Cookie will be looking at this recipe as she had two boxes of mushrooms given to her. :D
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Re: Mushroom Ketchup - a taste revelation!!
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2014, 11:24:16 pm »
It does sound nice and very timely for Cookie with her 2 boxes of mushrooms.  I wonder how many she has left after all the things she made yesterday. 
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Re: Mushroom Ketchup - a taste revelation!!
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2014, 01:36:33 am »
You are so right ladies. I don't have any ginger but the shop is close by.
Thank you. Perfect timing.
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Re: Mushroom Ketchup - a taste revelation!!
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2014, 02:04:44 am »
This looks great - but I am a bit confused as to where you add the mushrooms back into the mixture after marinating in the salt overnight?
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Re: Mushroom Ketchup - a taste revelation!!
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2014, 02:37:47 am »
You can see I didn't look at the way to make it Karen.  ;). Do you think it would be in step 4 with the vinegar and sugar?
I wonder if you have to rinse the mushrooms to remove the salt?
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Re: Mushroom Ketchup - a taste revelation!!
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2014, 06:35:50 am »
Im not sure Cookie - I think you might have to rinse the mushrooms.  I saw a sign at our fruit and veg shop today that there are "cooking mushies" out the back, and to ask staff for them.  I was thinking of getting some after seeing your post!  Hopefully Rogizoja can clear things up for us Ö...
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Re: Mushroom Ketchup - a taste revelation!!
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2014, 08:15:42 am »
Check out this recipe girls, it may answer your questions, it's not the same but I'm sure the method is similar 

http://www.gourmettraveller.com.au/recipes/recipe-search/feature-recipe/2010/5/mushroom-ketchup/
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Re: Mushroom Ketchup - a taste revelation!!
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2014, 08:38:12 pm »
Sorry everyone, I missed that bit. The mushrooms are added back after step 3 as cookie said (I've now amended the recipe). And no, KarenH, you don't rinse the mushrooms add everything to the bowl at step 4 (as amended). The salt helps to preserve the sauce together with the vinegar. As I mentioned it's like a cross between worcestershire sauce and soy sauce and both of those are pretty salty as well. And thanks for the link JudyDawn, the stuff in the jar looks just like mine does.

Hope you all enjoy it.
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Re: Mushroom Ketchup - a taste revelation!!
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2014, 11:13:01 pm »
Thanks Rogizoja - will have to go back to the fruit and veg shop and get those cooking mushrooms and give it a go.
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Re: Mushroom Ketchup - a taste revelation!!
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2014, 12:11:55 am »
Thanks for that info. I would have rinsed them. Time to get the mushrooms soaking.
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Re: Mushroom Ketchup - a taste revelation!!
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2014, 07:27:08 am »
At last I have the mushrooms in the salt. 1kg mushrooms smashed up is rather a lot.

               
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Re: Mushroom Ketchup - a taste revelation!!
« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2014, 06:06:15 am »
The mix in mixing at the moment. Poor thermomix I have just finished some jam and now it is making this.

There is no speed given in step 4 so I am using speed 2. The mixture seems to be going round easily at that speed. I may reduce it later.
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Re: Mushroom Ketchup - a taste revelation!!
« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2014, 07:02:54 am »
Have you used up all the mushies yet Cookie?  You must be sick of looking at them by now  ;D
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« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2014, 08:13:22 am »
We have about 3/4 box left Judy. I am sick of the smell of them. I'm not sure if UI like the ketchup or not. It may be that I have had to many mushrooms lately. I think I'll slice up some more and put in the freezer as Jeninwa suggested. I'll marinate some more too as I love them.
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