With so many varieties of fresh mushrooms available, choosing the right ones can seem a bit overwhelming. To get the most flavor and nutrition out of the mushrooms you select, follow these tips.
Choose mushrooms that look plump and have a smooth surface without major blemishes. The surface of the mushroom should be dry but not appear dried out.
- Choose a package that has no visible moisture inside or outside.
- Mushrooms with a closed veil under the cap have a more delicate flavor, while mushrooms with an open veil and exposed gills have a more robust flavor.
How to Clean Mushrooms
To clean mushrooms, use a soft cloth or brush to gently remove dirt or rinse them quickly under running water and lightly pat dry. Soaking mushrooms, particularly mushrooms with open veils, in water will cause them to absorb too much moisture.
How to Prepare Mushrooms
To help ensure proper preparation for cooking:
- After cleaning mushrooms, remove the stems if desired or if they appear tough. To remove the stems of mushrooms, simply twist them loose or cut with a sharp knife.
- Mushrooms are easily sliced with a knife or with a slicing attachment in a food processor. One 12 oz. package will yield approximately four cups sliced mushrooms.
Mushrooms are a versatile food that can be prepared many different ways. Larger mushrooms like portabellas and shitakes are great for grilling, while smaller mushrooms are perfect to sauté or roast.