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Storing Mushrooms

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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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April 1, 2010

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.

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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!

Try it, you'll like it!

By sue123 from Oroville, CA

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October 25, 2006

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.

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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.

By Bobbie G from Rockwall, TX

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October 30, 2011

Remove the store bought mushrooms from any plastic bag coverings and place in a paper bag.

By Gerry B. from Loon Lake, WA

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October 31, 2011

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.

By Lynn T. from Conway, AR USA

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April 2, 2007

How do you store mushrooms?

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 3, 20070 found this helpful

Brown paper bags and replace if the bag becomes too moist.

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April 3, 20070 found this helpful

I put mine in a brown paper bag in the refrigerator.

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 3, 20070 found this helpful

I keep mine in the container they come in. I just cut more holes in the top of the plastic so they dont get wet.

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April 10, 20070 found this helpful

I bought a MUSHROOM KEEPER. It is a tera cotta container with lid. Holes in the lid, and the inside is glazed. Works great!!!

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 3, 20070 found this helpful

I have a food Dyhrdrator I use alot, For Mushrooms I start by cleaning them well, slice them for faster drying, layer them in the dyhrdrator, after a few hours they are nice and dry, I then run them thru my food grinder, after I put them into a Quart jar and keep them in a dark cool area, they last for months this way, add a spoonful to soups, I make my own cream of mushroom soups, and they add a great flavor to gravy as well, after they are dry and ground i noticed the flavor of the mushrooms are much stronger as well......

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October 29, 20110 found this helpful

I have the green bags that prolong the shelf life of fruits & vegetables. I remove them from container, wipe any excess dirt from them w/a dry paper towel, then wrap them in dry paper towels & place them in the green bag & refrigerate. I have had success with these green bags in prolonging my produce.

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October 29, 20110 found this helpful

I have the green bags that prolong the shelf life of fruits & vegetables. I remove them from container, wipe any excess dirt from them with a dry paper towel, then wrap them in dry paper towels & place them in the green bag & refrigerate. I have had success with these green bags in prolonging my produce.

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October 30, 20110 found this helpful

I too use my dehydrator. They are a marvelous invention but I also freeze chopped up mushrooms for uses on pizzas and in chili. All that is done is to chop to the size I like to use; put them into medium sized freezer bags making certain to remove as much air as as possible to prevent any ice build up on them.

If the mushrooms should clump together, simply drop the bag on the floor and they separate within the bag just like peas do and viola. You can get as many or few as desired. Press out excess air from the bag and return to the freezer. Good luck.

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October 31, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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April 8, 2012

How can I keep mushrooms longer?

By Anita

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April 8, 20120 found this helpful

Wrap mushrooms in paper towel and keep in refrigerator and lasts for few days.
Wipe and slice mushroom,add a teaspoon vinegar in some boiling water and blanch the mushroom,drain and store in an airtight container and freeze.

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April 10, 20120 found this helpful

I take them out of the grocery store container, if they're in one, and just pop them into a brown paper bag, roll the top down, and stash them in the fridge. They'll last a week or more this way.

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