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Mushrooms 101: 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.


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.


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.

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The Proper Way to Clean and Store Mushrooms

How many times have you noticed a gorgeous  mushroom display in the store and hesitate because you’re not sure what to do with them once you get home? Our goal at the Mushroom Council is not just to inspire you to add mushrooms to your plate, we also want to teach you HOW to add them into your next meal.

Our latest video provides a step-by-step guide on the process of cleaning and preparing fresh mushrooms with The Mushroom Council president, Bart Minor and Chef Bill from the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.

Once you have all of those fresh mushrooms ready to go, you’re going to need a simple and delicious recipe for them. Our recipe database is full of ideas, but we’re sharing a few thought starters to get the creative juices flowing!

What are you inspired to cook with mushrooms this week?