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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.

Selecting:

    • 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.

Storing:

    • 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.

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