Shopping and Caring for Mushrooms | Tuesday's Tip of the Day!
Mushrooms…those delicious, fragile, complex yet delightful fungi! Ok, for those of you that know me well, you also know I am not a HUGE mushroom fan unless you are offering to shave a dusting of truffles on my pasta.
Mushrooms are like sponges so knowing how to properly care for them is of utmost importance in protecting their integrity. Let’s get started:
- To Shop: Look for mushrooms that are not slimy, wilted or dull. Rather, look for mushrooms that are firm to the (gentle) touch and the stem end doesn’t look too dry. We trim the stem ends (a little or a lot depending on the mushroom) but how dry they are speaks to the freshness.
- To Store: In the paper container they came in or in a brown paper bag in the refrigerator. This way, they will stay firm and “breath” better. If buying sliced mushrooms – which you really should try to avoid – make sure you keep them in the fridge and in the original packaging.
- To Clean: Whatever you do, don’t soak or place mushrooms under running water unless your looking to replace your kitchen sponge, which in that case go ahead! All kidding aside, its important to properly wash your mushrooms so they don’t take on too much moisture and become water-logged. Instead, use a damp paper towel to gently rub – one at a time – the surface of each mushroom. Only do this right before slicing and eating!
Now that you have a better understanding (and appreciation) for mushrooms, make a batch of my Weeknight Chicken with Crimini Mushrooms, Tarragon and Simple White Wine Pan Sauce and put them to use!
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