What Is The Best Way To Clean Mushrooms?

Jun 28, 2013 12:31 pm

You bought 'em, now let's get those shrooms clean

what is the best way to clean mushrooms?
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Once you clean and trim your mushrooms, you can slice them for a dish or keep them whole.
 

We'll make quick work of this one (while trying not to sound like mom): you can't just eat mushrooms out of the box. They're dirty. Only this time, they're literally dirty, like with actual dirt, and can't just be "washed." Here's how you clean them.

First, trim or remove the stems. When that's done, don't just toss them in a colander and run water over them, it won't wash the dirt off and will waterlog the mushroom's gills, and nobody likes a soggy mushroom. Instead, quickly run a paper towel under the faucet, wring out the excess water and gently, tenderly wipe the dirt from the mushroom's surface and underside, because nobody likes a crunchy mushroom (unless it's been washed and THEN battered and fried). Don't apply too much pressure while doing this, or you'll rub off the delicate top layer.

Now your dirt-free shrooms are ready for chopping into duxelles, slicing for a sandwich or pizza or just roasting whole with some olive oil and fresh herbs for an easy side.  

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