Mushrooms are notoriously difficult to store and keep fresh. Storing your mushrooms properly will keep you mushrooms fresh and ready to use for a longer period of time. This is a guide about storing mushroom.
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Do you like fresh mushrooms? So do I. When you buy more mushy-roomy-rooms than you need, what happens then? They go slimy and get dark spots. Very unappealing and disgusting.
The best way to store mushrooms is in a small paper bag in the fridge. Over time they will shrink and dry out. This is the key. Let them dry out! When they are dry and shriveled put them in a zip bag and store.
Later when you need them, soak them in a little warm water and WA-LA! They are flavorful and ready for the next recipe! You can buy dehydrated mushrooms at the market for a really big price but making your own is cheaper and frugal!
It is supposed to be best to store mushrooms in a brown paper bag. The bag absorbs the excess moisture, but keeps the mushrooms from drying out. You can buy packages of lunch bags at most grocery stores.
I purchase a large package of already sliced mushrooms from Sam's club about every two weeks. For me it is a great price and saves time since I do not have to slice them. However fresh mushrooms spoil very quickly, especially the pre-sliced ones. My problem was that I use so many mushrooms in the dishes I make and since I am feeding a family I need a larger quantity than the normal 8oz. package. I prefer the fresh to the canned for both price and flavor along with health reasons. To me, the canned mushrooms just have too much sodium in them.
Finally, I stumbled on a great way to make them last for about two weeks and occasionally a little longer if I need. When I get home from grocery shopping, I take the package of mushrooms and transfer them all into a gallon size zip storage bag that I linned with a couple of paper towels. Whenever I get out some mushrooms to use, I check the moisture level of the paper towels.
If they are fairly damp, I replace them, making sure that most all of the mushrooms touch the towels instead of the plastic bag. This keeps the mushrooms very fresh and crisp, almost as good as the day they were first brought home.
They have remained usable and fresh enough for two weeks using this method.
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For those of you who are going to put the mushrooms in a ziplock bag, take a simple soda straw, insert into the opening of the bag, zip the zipper as far as possible up to the straw. Suck the air out of the bag, keep sucking and pull the straw out quick and zip the bag the rest of the way. That gets the most air out. You can use this on anything you want to store in a baggie, but I wouldn't do liquid or you might suck some into your mouth.