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Do you wash your fresh mushrooms before using them?


I asked about rice and got a lot of answers from rinsers and non-rinsers. Now I wonder about mushrooms. We use a lot of fresh mushrooms in cooking and salads. I used to buy the really white ones, they looked cleaner of course. But the brown, Crimini mushrooms have much more flavor. Yet, they are brown and kind of dirty looking, same with Shitakis which are delicious. "Real" mushroom people say you should use a little brush and gently brush the junk off. Also, if you wash mushrooms in water, they absorb much liquid and lose flavor. Soooo, what do you do? Wash, brush or nothing ?

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Janis Leslie Evans (janshares) says

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    Jim Higgins (xstatic) 3 years ago

    All that stuff worries me as well...

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Kaili Bisson says

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    Jim Higgins (xstatic) 3 years ago

    I have never peeled, but have been a washer at times.

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Stephanie Payne Denne (Neinahpets) says

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    Jim Higgins (xstatic) 3 years ago

    I used some Criminis in the soup I made for lunch today, and as various chefs recommend only brushed them off and sliced them. These answers have really been interesting and varied.


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Diana Grant says

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Rosemary Sadler (Rosemay50) says

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    Jim Higgins (xstatic) 3 years ago

    Thanks, Rosemary, I heard about losing flavor too, so that prpmpted the question. Thanks!

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lburmaster says

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    Jim Higgins (xstatic) 3 years ago

    Our local "wild" mushroom seller was one who insisted that they should only be lightly brushed, so I went to a kitchen store, and was surprised to find a variety of specific mushroom brushes, had to buy one of course.

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    Jim Higgins (xstatic) 3 years ago

    Understandable. Are those white ones or crimini?

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AustralianNappies says

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    Jim Higgins (xstatic) 3 years ago

    I am surprised at all the differnet opinions on this, but it is interesting.

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    Jim Higgins (xstatic) 3 years ago

    That is good to know. Apparently there is a wide range of opinions on mushroom washing as well as rice rinsing.

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    Jim Higgins (xstatic) 3 years ago

    Steack and mushrooms are a great combo! With the rice, I notice how the water is quite cloudy when you rinse.

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    Jim Higgins (xstatic) 3 years ago

    If the chef says so, that may be good enough for me.

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