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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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.
Brushing will work just as good as peeling. I used to only brush them off my my mother in law recently showed me the peeling the outer skin method.. of course she gets rid of the stem too, but I think that's a waste.
I have never peeled, but have been a washer at times.
All that stuff worries me as well...
Understandable. Are those white ones or crimini?
Thanks, Rosemary, I heard about losing flavor too, so that prpmpted the question. Thanks!
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.
I am surprised at all the differnet opinions on this, but it is interesting.
Steack and mushrooms are a great combo! With the rice, I notice how the water is quite cloudy when you rinse.
That is good to know. Apparently there is a wide range of opinions on mushroom washing as well as rice rinsing.