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It's getting to be seafood boiling season and that means getting ready with your ingredients. With the stores starting to have mushrooms on sale (that is a necessity for your boil), can I freeze mushrooms? How long can they be frozen for?
By Ann from Poplarville, MS
For what you're going to use them for, yes, you can. Here are two choices:
Freezing Raw (Freeze whole, for use within 3 months) :
Choose very fresh mushrooms; wipe with a clean cloth to remove dirt. Place each a little apart on a baking tray and open-freeze as quickly as possible. When mushrooms are frozen, pack into containers, fit on a lid and replace in freezer. Use within 3 months. Use straight from the freezer for pies, casseroles or stews or thaw for about 1 hour and use as required.
Wash raw mushrooms. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt to 1 quart rapidly boiling water. To keep mushrooms white, add 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice to water. Add mushrooms. Let water come to a boil again. Boil mushrooms 3 minutes. Rinse with cold water. Drain thoroughly. Seal in plastic bags. Freeze. Will keep about one year.
For what we use them for, I clean them and fry them in a little bit of olive oil and butter, along with onions and/or garlic, cool, and freeze in a freezer-baggie.
It's much better to dehydrate mushrooms for storage. I think it improves the flavor of them for many dishes. You can rehydrate them by saoking in warm water for about 15 minutes, or just adding to your dish with a bit extra liquid. Anne
I bought a gallon can of mushrooms like you use on pizza. As I started to open them, I thought, can I freeze the rest of these? Can anybody tell me if I can and how?
I also buy mushrooms by the gallon and freeze them, but I had trouble with freezer burn. So I now freeze them in half pint jelly jars. I fill the jars about 3/4 full (leaving room for expansion as they freeze. Pour enough liquid over them to cover. Pop them in the freezer. When I need mushrooms, I thaw them in the jar, either by setting it in hot water, or removing the lid and warming them in the microwave. Just an extra tip....you can buy sliced ripe olives by the gallon. Transfer them to quart jars...including the liquid. You don't have to freeze them. Just store in the fridge, and use as needed. I know they will keep for several months. I have never had any spoil before I could use them up. I use them on Pizzas and in salads.
Can you freeze mushrooms?
I freeze mushrooms. slice them lay flat on a plate put a plastic sheet over then another layer of plastic and so on till you have used them all put in freezer. When frozen put in bags to seal by doing this they will not be stuck together. use in stir fry, soups, pizza stews. No good for salads etc because when they thaw they go mushy, the flavour is just the same. Freeze whole mushrooms as well.
Can you freeze fresh mushrooms and cooked ones?
By Anna w.
I wash, slice, and add a little oil and vinegar to retain the color and saute for few minutes cool and store in an airtight container and freeze.
Can fresh, store bought mushrooms be blanched and frozen?
Can you freeze fresh mushrooms?
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Wipe and slice mushroom. Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice to 2 cups of cold water. Add mushrooms, and let stand for 5 minutes. Discard the water and saute' in oil or butter, or steam in a veggie steamer. Cool and freeze. The color doesn't change.
By Dorty from SA
Can fresh mushrooms be frozen?
By Carlos from Saginaw, MI
Yes, they freeze well. I slice them then lay them on a cookie sheet and put them in the freezer. When they are frozen I put them in Ziploc bags. They are ready to take out when I need them. I do not thaw them before I cook them. Enjoy! (08/25/2010)
You can do as chrissy suggested and here are three other ways:
Be sure to wash and pat the mushrooms dry before cooking or freezing. (08/25/2010)
I like to saute sliced mushrooms in butter then fill snack zip top bags. Then I gather all my snack bags full of sauteed mushrooms and put then in a larger freezer zip top bag, label, and freeze. When a recipe calls for a can of slice mushrooms, I use one snack bag of frozen mushrooms. This works well when you find a great sale on mushrooms. (08/25/2010)
By piki viki
Can you freeze fresh mushrooms?
Yes, but it's best to cook them first. Slice or quarter and saute in a pan with a little oil or butter. I add sliced onion while cooking the mushrooms. Let it cool off and then freeze in containers or plastic freezer bags. (07/02/2010)
They get kind of rubbery. (07/02/2010)
By T&T Grandma
I have 2 packages of white mushrooms and I would like to know how to freeze them.
By Sylvia from Boynton Beach, FL
I have froze mushrooms for years. I do not wash them first. Just put them in the freezer in a plastic bag. They will not stick together if they are dry. Then take out what you want and wash them. They will be soft and dark so you can only use them for cooking, but the flavor is not impaired. (04/13/2010)