How-To: Select, Store and Clean Mushrooms
Follow these basic tips and tricks for selecting, storing and cleaning mushrooms.
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.
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.