General Mushroom Info
To start with the freshest mushrooms, purchase ones that are firm and evenly colored; avoid ones that have soft dark spots or are damp looking.
Short Term Mushroom Storage
Store fresh unwashed mushrooms in the humid environment of the crisper section, or wrap in paper towels and place in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Enoki and oyster mushrooms will hold for 2 to 3 days; other fresh mushrooms will maintain their flavor and quality in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days.
Mushroom Long Term Storage
Do not store raw mushrooms, they will turn mushy; blanched (most common) or sauteed mushrooms will freeze nicely for future use in cooked meals.
To prevent mushrooms from turning dark when thawing, add ¼ teaspoon of citric acid or ½ teaspoon of orange, lime, or lemon juice to the pot of boiling water. Place sliced or chopped clean mushrooms, in boiling water for about 2 minutes. Immediately cool mushrooms in ice water to stop the cooking process. Once the mushrooms have cooled, place in an airtight container and freeze. When stored at 0 degrees F, the mushrooms will keep for 1 year.
Mushrooms may be dried or pickled.
Mushroom Side Notes
There are thousands of varieties of mushroom, some of the more common fresh mushrooms are: button, chanterelle, enoki, morels, oyster, Portobello, shiitake, and straw.
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