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Mushrooms 101: How to Select and Store Mushrooms

February 16, 2016

Did you know that mushrooms with veils that have begun to break have deeper, meatier flavor? And that keeping mushrooms in a brown paper bag in the fridge is the recommended way to store them? Get the most from your mushrooms by following these helpful tips the next time you’re selecting and storing mushrooms.


    • Purchase mushrooms that are firm with a fresh, smooth appearance.
    • Surfaces should be dry, but not dried out, and appear plump.
    • A closed veil under the cap indicates a delicate flavor, while an open veil and exposed gills mean a richer flavor.


    • Store mushrooms in their 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.

8 responses to “Mushrooms 101: How to Select and Store Mushrooms”

  1. […] to the Mushroom Council, when you choose mushrooms look for those that have a smooth, dry appearance. It is good to know […]

  2. […] Fresh mushrooms have a lot of moisture so they like to breathe. Store them in the fridge, unwashed, for up to a week. For best results, remove them from the original plastic packaging and put them in a paper bag, loosely closed, or wrap them in paper towels. Fresh mushrooms should never be frozen (The Mushroom Council). […]

  3. […] because plastic wrap traps moisture and causes spoilage to happen faster. For this reason, the Mushroom Council recommends placing fresh, whole mushrooms in an open or perforated brown paper bag to allow for air […]

  4. […] Mushrooms can be stored in many ways. The most common methods to store mushrooms are, […]

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