How to Clean and Store Mushrooms

Follow these helpful hints for marvelous mushrooms.

Cleaning Mushrooms
Avoid mushy mushrooms with these easy instructions.

The best way to clean fresh mushrooms is to wipe them with a clean, barely damp cloth or paper towel. If you must rinse them, do it lightly, then dry them immediately -- and gently -- with paper towels. Never soak fresh mushrooms in water, which will cause them to become soggy.

Storing Mushrooms

To store: Prepackaged mushrooms should stay in the package, but loose mushrooms or those in an open package should be stored in a paper bag or in a damp cloth bag in the refrigerator. This allows them to breathe so they stay firm longer. Storing mushrooms in a plastic bag causes them to deteriorate quickly.

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