I'm going to christen my new crockpot with Kathy Hester's slowcooker hot and sour soup, which you can find online here: http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2011/10/ka ... -soup.html
However, I also want to use some of the ingredients I got to make Donna Klein's hot and sour soup - dried shiitakes (instead of the fresh called for in the Hester recipe), dried lily buds, and dried cloud ear mushrooms. In the Klein recipe, she tells you to rehydrate the dried stuff and just drain the liquid. Her recipe seems to be very quick, so I'm assuming this is just for time sake, but is there another reason one might want to rehydrate these ingredients before dumping them in the broth? Ideally I would like to just toss them into the crockpot dry and let the long cook time rehydrate them.