Cleaning Mushrooms

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Mushrooms often have some of the planting mix still clinging to them when you buy them at the market. This is a page about cleaning mushrooms.


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As much as I like eating mushrooms, I dreaded having to clean them. It seemed to take ages and I tended to miss a lot. I somehow started using a clean kitchen sponge, the kind with the two sides. I moisten and squeeze until damp, and use the soft side on the mushrooms. It seems to make the unwanted particles disappear.

If I run into an unwanted blemish, I merely flip the sponge over and use the scrubber side. Needless to say, I now have mushrooms more often.

By w. buckley from La Grange Park, IL

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For those of you who like to eat clean mushrooms, use a clean, soft-bristled toothbrush to do the job. The small bristles catch every speck of dirt. Clean the toothbrush by running it through the dishwasher.


By Marie from West Dundee, IL

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March 8, 2005

Tips for cleaning mushrooms. Post your ideas.


March 8, 20050 found this helpful

A soft tooth brush can be used to clean fresh mushrooms.

By IMAQT1962

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March 8, 20050 found this helpful

Most store bought mushrooms these days are grown in sterile compost - just wipe over with a barely damp cloth if required.



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March 9, 20050 found this helpful

Alton Brown (Food network) recently did a show on how much water mushrooms absorb when washed and found that it is a very small amount of water. He concluded that is was not a problem to just rinse the mushrooms then pat dry. I think this is way easy then trying to wipe each mushroom with a damp cloth!

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March 10, 20050 found this helpful

I agree with Microjenn, just place in a sieve and rinse thoroughly. My mum used to peel the skin off - but lifes too short!!!!

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