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I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

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Saturday, December 08, 2007
Bargain Polish Porcini

It's hard to find a good bargain just before Christmas, but here's one for you. BJP International have just landed a pallet of borowik szlachetny, that's Polish for dried porcini (Boletus edulis). As you can see from the pack, it's $13 for a whopping 60g, which is a whole lot better than those small 10g packets for $6, or even 40 g packets for $14.35 from specialist suppliers.

What is also great about them, is the actual size of the dried mushroom pieces. Compared to others, they are thick, chunky slices, with hardly any trimmings or broken bits. Having used Polish porcini, I can say they have a fantastic intensity of flavour and that deep essence that comes from top notch mushrooms. If you fancy a bit of porcini sauce with your Christmas turkey instead of the usual suspects, bread or cranberry sauce, get onto these. At this price you can afford to make a bucketful, you won't be sorry if you do. If you are Polish, you need these to make the traditional mushroom soup for Christmas eve.

Importer: BJP International, 21 Elma Road, Cheltenham, phone 9553 5411.

They sell direct to the public from their showroom or call to find your nearist stockist. They also stock dried bay boletus ( Xerocomus badius) mushrooms in the same size pack, a little cheaper again, as well as all manner of preserved mushrooms in jars.
  posted at 10:05 am

At 12:00 pm, Blogger Vida said...

Thanks Neil, I will go during the week and check them out! Vida x

At 8:19 pm, Blogger thanh7580 said...

That is cheap as far as these expensive mushrooms go, good find. I saw them at Mediterranean Wholesalers yesterday for $10.95 for 30g.

At 10:00 am, Blogger neil said...

Hi vida, you'll love the shop, have fun with the Polish names!

Hi thanh, I could see the value as soon as I saw them, and they are quality mushrooms to boot.

At 5:59 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you're interested, I know where you can get a 1kg bag for $100...

It *is* a f*ckload of mushrooms though (the bag is almost as big as my dog). My eyes almost fell out of my head when I saw my mate's Polish mother cart them into her kitchen. After I saw what they were, though, I had to stick a handful of tissues into my mouth to control the salivating...

Apparently, *they're* using theirs for pierogi. Man, I can't wait to go over for their annual boxing day feast :D

Ellie @ Kitchen Wench

At 11:50 am, Blogger neil said...

That is one great price for porcini, I'm breathless! Are they branded? We have enough porcini for now, but I might ask when the weather gets a bit cooler. They are probably making cabbage & mushroom pierogi, you'll love 'em.

At 2:05 pm, Blogger Cindy said...

I think there's potential for Ellie to start up a dried porcini co-op...

At 5:55 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil, not sure what brand but they came with a receipt printed on A4 paper so I think it might be from a wholesaler? I think I also recall seeing a sticker on the bag but I couldn't remember what it said...

Oh, and I think Cindy has a point - if 1kg is too much for you, maybe we could find a few folks to split it with (I can't go halvies as it'd take me forever to go through a half kilo of porcinis :/ I could probably go quarters, though! Maybe even thirds?)

Anyway, something to keep in mind, I'll make sure to get the details from my mate's ma when I go over this weekend :)

Ellie @ Kitchen Wench


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