How-To:

Select, Store and Clean Mushrooms

Follow these basic tips and tricks for selecting, storing and cleaning mushrooms.

How to Select Mushrooms

  • 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.
  • A closed veil under the mushroom cap indicates a delicate flavor, while an open veil and exposed gills mean a richer flavor.

How to Store Mushrooms

  • Store mushrooms in original packaging or in a porous paper bag for prolonged shelf life.
  • Some mushrooms may keep for up to one week in the refrigerator.
  • Fresh mushrooms should never be frozen, but frozen sautéed mushrooms will keep for up to one month.

How to Clean Mushrooms

  • Brush off any debris from mushrooms with fingers or a damp paper towel, or rinse briefly under running water and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • If the mushroom stem is tough, trim it before using.
  • For shiitakes, stems should be removed before use.
  • For portabellas, gills may be removed upon preference. Many people prefer to keep the gills intact for more flavor.
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