Nutrient-dense and savory, mushrooms complement nearly all of your favorite meals. Follow these tips to be sure mushrooms taste as good as they should.
- 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.
- Brush off any peat moss with your fingers or a damp paper towel, or rinse the mushrooms briefly under running water and pat dry with a paper towel.
- Do not soak mushrooms in water as they easily absorb moisture.
- If the stem is tough, trim it before using. For shiitakes, stems should be removed before use.
- For portabellas, gills may be removed upon preference, as they store a large amount of moisture. Many people prefer to keep the gills intact for more flavor.
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