Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Keepin' the Mush Off My Mushrooms


We eat a LOT of mushrooms around here. We use them in our Hot & Sour Peanut Noodles to give it some "meaty" texture during Lent. We use quite a few in Chicken Marsala. We also put them in omelets, on burgers, in grilled cheese, on pizza, etc. Mushrooms, we love. Mushy, slimy mushrooms? Not so much.

To keep my mushrooms fresher, longer, I use this simple trick:

Transfer them from the plastic container they come in into a smaller paper bag (lunch sacks or the bags they put wine bottles in are the perfect size for this). I don't know all the ins and outs of the science of it, but I do know that by keeping the light off the 'shrooms and allowing moisture to leave the bag, the mushrooms stay fresher and have a superior texture... even after a week of rolling around in my fridge. This is especially handy when I pick up those "manager's special" mushrooms...

How about you? Does your family love mushrooms? Any tips for keeping them fresh?
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10 comments:

Phoebe @ Cents to Get Debt Free said...

Thank you for that tip!

My daughter and I love mushrooms, but none of the boys like them. I just recently bought my first ever box of fresh mushrooms--and of course it is taking a while to use them. This tip sure will come in handy!

Tamara said...

This is a fabulous tip! Now I just have to find some paper bags! :)

mub said...

Thank you for this tip! I keep getting slimey mushrooms in my fridge and I hate that!

Donna said...

I love mushrooms!
Thanks for the tip!
I just lost some week before last so this tip will come in handy!!

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

Thanks for the tip! I hate wasting them! {Well, then they just get feed to one of our turtles!}
~Kim

Mary Beth said...

I love this tip. I just threw away some mushrooms today because they were "mushy" (and I hate to waste ugh)...great, great tip!

UnfinishedMom said...

I just posted on this topic not too long ago. See this post: http://unfinishedmom.blogspot.com/2009/02/mushroom-storage.html

For me, I've found that keeping them in the package they came in works best. We tend to go in spurts with using mushrooms. It depends on how good a deal I can find them.

Sherry said...

I didn't know that. Thank you for the tip. :D Definitely don't like mushy mushrooms

Lenetta said...

I love love love fresh mushrooms and I get so sad when they go bad before I can get them used. Out in the middle of nowhere, our mushrooms look pretty questionable by the time they hit the grocery store, unless they're on sale. Then, I want to stock up like crazy but don't know how to keep them longer-term. I have read about freezing them but I'm not quite convinced . . . and I've also thought about dehydrating but not sure how they'll come out of rehydration. Maybe I need to do some experimenting! Thanks for the tip -

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