Mushrooms 101: How to Clean & Prep Mushrooms

How-to-Clean-Prep-Mushrooms

Mushrooms grow low to the ground and while inspected and washed during harvest they may contain some residual dirt when sold in stores. For great-tasting mushrooms, it is important to buy them fresh and gently clean them to remove any soil while avoiding water saturation. Here are some tips for working with mushrooms.

Washing

Only wash mushrooms once you are ready to cook with them – avoid washing more than you need. Use a damp paper towel to wipe each mushroom, one at a time, to remove any dirt. You can also lightly rinse the mushrooms with cool water and pat dry with paper towels, but do not soak the mushrooms. Mushrooms are extremely absorbent and won’t brown nicely when cooked if they are saturated with water.
 

Prepping

After rinsing and cleaning the mushrooms, determine the size of the cut for your dish: large chop, medium chop, diced or minced. Slice or dice your mushrooms and set aside for cooking.
 

Additional Tips

  • If the stem is tough, trim it before using. For shiitakes, stems should be removed before use. For portabellas, gills may be removed upon preference, as they store a large amount of moisture. Many people prefer to keep the gills intact for more flavor.
  • Accidentally wash more mushrooms than you need? Sauté and put them in your freezer to use later in the week.

For more information or to learn about cooking tips visit www.mushroominfo.com/preparation-tips.





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