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How to Clean Mushrooms

Is there an easy way to clean mushrooms? Yes, there is and it’s very straight forward and does not involve a brush!

There are a lot of people who believe that you should not wash mushrooms and for the life of me, I don’t know where that comes from. I, and I assume you as well, wash all vegetables and fruits, so why would I not wash mushrooms?

And what is the alternative? Using a brush or a damp paper towel? That’s a lot of work and it may not get them as clean as you want.

I know that one the rationales for not washing your mushrooms is that they might absorb too much moisture and may get soggy or mushy (now you know where the word mushy comes from). So let me to show you how to prevent that from happening, while washing mushrooms:

Timing of Cleaning Mushrooms

When to clean the mushrooms may be as important as how to clean you mushrooms. The best time to wash mushrooms: JUST BEFORE YOU NEED TO COOK THEM. This way, they do not absorb any water, they don’t become mushy and luckily, this doesn’t take a lot of time.

How to Clean Mushrooms

Step 1 – Cut the stems off the mushrooms.

Step 2A – Fill a bowl with water and transfer the mushrooms into the water. Use your hands and wash the dirt of the caps and shortened stems. Wash them as soon as they hit the water.

Step 2B – Turn on the tap and rinse a handful of mushrooms and repeat until all are done.

Step 3 – Take the clean mushrooms out of the water immediately and dry them on a kitchen towel.

Step 4 – Slice the mushrooms and dry them again.

Your mushrooms will be dry – guaranteed.

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How to Clean Mushrooms

Author: Marinka
There are a lot of people who believe that we should not wash mushrooms and for the life of me, I don’t know where that comes from. I, and I assume you as well, we wash all our vegetables and fruits, so why would we not wash mushrooms.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
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Ingredients

  • mushrooms (NOTE 1)
  • water

Instructions

  • Cut the stems off the mushrooms.
  • Fill a bowl with water and transfer the mushrooms into the water. Use your hands and wash the dirt of the caps and shortened stems. Wash them as soon as they hit the water, don’t leave them in it.
  • Alternatively, turn on the tap and rinse a handful of mushrooms and repeat until all are done.
  • Take the mushrooms out of the water immediately and dry them on a kitchen towel.
  • Slice the mushrooms and dry them again.

Notes

  1. When to clean the mushrooms may be as important as how to clean you mushrooms. So, what’s the best timing: JUST BEFORE YOU NEED TO COOK THEM. This way, they do not absorb any water, they don’t become mushy and it won’t take a lot of time.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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