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How to Hunt for Mushrooms in the Grocery Store

October 1, 2020

Turns out, you don’t need to trek miles through wooded forests to find high-quality, delectable mushrooms. You can simply make a run to your local grocery store. The indoor hunt for mushrooms can be its own exciting adventure. Use these tips to successfully forage for fungi in the produce aisle. 

When To Hunt

Since cultivated mushrooms are grown indoors, they’re always in season and available for your enjoyment year-round. This makes them super fresh and convenient.

Where To Hunt

Because mushrooms rule the fungi kingdom, they’re not technically classified as a fruit or vegetable. However, they’re considered a veggie for dietary purposes so can be found in the produce aisle. In fact, they hold many accolades in the fruit and veggie category:

What To Hunt For

Select mushrooms that are firm with a fresh, smooth appearance. The surfaces of the mushroom should be dry, but not dried out, and appear plump. There are many varieties to choose from depending on what flavor, shape and texture you’re craving. 

  • Versatile and classic: White Button
  • Hearty, full-bodied flavor: Crimini
  • Large with deep, meat-like texture and flavor: Portabella
  • Rich, woodsy flavor: Shiitake
  • Velvety texture and delicate flavor: Oyster
  • Crunchy texture with sweet, nutty flavor: Beech
  • Delicate, rippling shape with deep, rich flavor: Maitake
  • Firm, meaty texture and delicate, nutty flavor: Royal Trumpet

How To Store Between Shopping Trips

When you stock up on mushrooms, keep them fresh and make them last as long as possible by storing them in their original packaging or a porous paper bag. Some mushrooms may keep for up to one week in the refrigerator. Fresh mushrooms should never be frozen, but you can  sautée mushrooms and then freeze them for up to one month.

How To Enjoy Your Fungi Finds

Before enjoying, be sure to brush off any debris on the mushrooms with your fingers or a damp paper towel. Or, rinse briefly under running water and pat dry with a paper towel.

Find more mushroom storage, preparation and cooking tips here

When you’re ready to cook them up, try one of these mushroom-forward recipes to let your newfound fungi take center stage:

Trumpet Mushroom Scallops with Brown Butter and Thyme

Add a little creativity to your next meal with these vegetarian scallops, browned and cooked until tender. Plus, a drizzle of nutty, caramelized brown butter and vibrant thyme send them over the top.

Sautéed Beech Mushrooms in Chili Oil

Looking to turn the flavor dial up a few notches? These mushrooms get a kick of spicy flavor from the delicious homemade chili oil.

Shiitake Mushroom Jerky

Shiitake Mushroom Jerky
Meatless jerky may sound like an oxymoron, but it’s an absolute treat when made with shiitake mushrooms!

Roasted Oyster Mushrooms with Arugula and Walnuts

When you’re in the mood for a light yet flavorful meal, this simple salad is a delicious choice. 

Crimini Mushroom Sun-Dried Tomato Gnocchi

Warm, healthy and hearty, this gnocchi recipe is the perfect autumn evening meal.

Classic Stuffed Mushrooms

Olive-Feta-Stuffed-Mushrooms
Chopped mushrooms, zesty sausage and cream cheese, blended and stuffed inside MORE mushrooms is the ultimate ‘shroom lover’s snack!

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