Storing and handling fresh mushrooms

While the shelf life of fresh mushrooms varies, most will stay fresh for seven to ten days. They can be used in soups, salads, stir-fry and pasta, or sautéed, breaded or stuffed. Wipe each mushroom clean and trim the stem bottom off. For tough stems like shiitake, you can trim the whole stem and use it as a flavor base for stock. To clean wild mushrooms, thorough washing may be necessary to remove any earth and sand. To store, place mushrooms in a porous bag and refrigerate where air can flow freely around the mushrooms. Only cultivated mushrooms should be eaten raw.

Clean, slice and place mushrooms in a ziplock bag to freeze if needed. You may choose to sauté or blanch the mushrooms before freezing, or just slice them, lay them on a cookie sheet not touching each other, freeze them, then store them in a bag. To prepare frozen mushrooms, do not thaw them. Heat some oil in a pan and cook them for 30 seconds. Remove from heat and let mushrooms finish cooking on their own.

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