One of the wonderful things about wild Chanterelle mushrooms is that they often appear in great abundance especially in a rainy summer. I pick about 80lbs a season (mostly Smooth Chanterelle) and sell most but do enjoy eating many in season and saving a few batches for future use. I placed the mushrooms in a dehydrator. Some were cut in-half for faster drying while others were left whole taking longer to dry before reaching the point of crackle. The dry mushrooms have a fantastic fruity nutty aroma that I find difficult to compare to anything else.