Scant 2lbssmall young mushroom buttons chanterelles are my favorite
3cloves7 grams garlic thinly sliced
1/2cupflavorless oil for sauteeinggrapeseed or canola
1teaspoon 5 grams kosher salta generous teaspoon
1/2cupwhite wine or apple cider vinegar
2teaspoonsfresh chopped thymefresh only
2dried bay leaves or use fresh
Read through the entire recipe before proceeding.
Rinse your mushrooms with water while you clean them to ensure they'll have liquid to give up when they hit the heat.
In a wide pan with high sides, or a soup pot, gently heat the oil and the sliced garlic slowly on medium heat until the garlic begins to turn golden. Take your time here, as the more color you can put on the garlic, the better the finished product will taste. Do not burn the garlic.
When the garlic is perfectly golden, add the mushrooms, salt and herbs, stir so the salt can help draw out the mushroom liquid, then cover the pan, cooking on medium heat, and allow the mushrooms to give up their juice and halt the cooking of the garlic. The mushrooms should give off a good amount of water.
Once the mushrooms have wilted and given up their juice, add the water and vinegar, then bring the mixture to a boil.
Finally, put the mushrooms in a quart jar, pack them down, then bring the liquid back to a boil, and pour the boiling liquid over the mushrooms. Wiggle a chopstick around in the jar to get out air pockets.
Press the mushrooms down to make sure they are completely covered with liquid--add a little oil to cover if they threaten to pop up, then screw on the lid, and turn the jar upside down to seal. You will have extra liquid leftover. From here, as long as the jar is sealed, the mushrooms will last until next season. You can also process the jar(s) in a water bath like regular pickles. Store opened jars in the fridge.
If you want to can this for long term storage, pour the mushrooms and their juice while boiling hot into the jar, top it off with the extra 1/4 cup of oil, screw on the lid tightly and turn the jar upside down. Alternately, can in a water bath.