(I actually purchased the 1.0 lb at $25 in Oct 2014, not the 0.5 lb at $15.) These are great! Years ago I bought the whole shiitakes from Fungusamongus (which are great) but then they came out with the sliced version and there is no prep at all! I just throw a handful into a soup and you have instant shiitakes. :-) Of course, you can rehydrate and use any way you want. Very good price. It's a "must have" for the kitchen.