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- The best way to clean fresh mushrooms is to wipe them with a clean, damp cloth. If you must rinse them, do it lightly, then dry them immediately -- and gently -- with paper towels. Never soak fresh mushrooms in water because it ruins their texture.
- As for storage, 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.