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Easy Tips for Properly Storing Your Mushrooms

How to Store Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a delicious and nutritious addition to any meal, but they can also be perishable. If you don't store them properly, they can quickly go bad. Here are a few tips for storing mushrooms:

a tray of fresh mushrooms

  • Choose fresh mushrooms. When choosing mushrooms, look for ones that are firm and plump, with no signs of bruising or mold.

  • Store mushrooms in a cool, dry place. The ideal temperature for storing mushrooms is between 35 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don't have a cool place to store your mushrooms, you can wrap them in paper towels and place them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

  • Don't wash mushrooms until you're ready to use them. Washing mushrooms can cause them to absorb water, which can make them slimy and difficult to cook.

  • Cook mushrooms soon after you buy them. Mushrooms are best when they're cooked fresh. If you can't cook them right away, store them in the refrigerator and cook them within a few days.

Here are a few additional tips for storing mushrooms:

  • If you have a lot of mushrooms, you can freeze them. To freeze mushrooms, first clean them and remove the stems. Then, slice the mushrooms and place them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Freeze the mushrooms for 2-3 hours, or until they're firm. Once the mushrooms are frozen, you can transfer them to a freezer bag or container. Frozen mushrooms will last for up to 6 months. Note that the texture of frozen mushrooms can be a bit mushier than fresh mushrooms, but it's absolutely a viable option.

  • You can also dry mushrooms. To dry mushrooms, first clean them and remove the stems. Then, slice the mushrooms thinly and place them on a baking sheet. Dry the mushrooms in a low oven (150 degrees Fahrenheit) for 4-6 hours, or until they're dry and leathery. Once the mushrooms are dry, you can store them in an airtight container. Dried mushrooms will last for up to 1 year.

By following these tips, you can enjoy fresh, delicious mushrooms all year long.

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