Mushroom SelectionFor common mushrooms, choose those with a firm texture and even color with tightly-closed caps. If the gills are showing, it's an indication of age, and they are probably past their prime. Discolored, broken and damaged mushrooms with soft spots should be avoided.
If you are cooking mushrooms whole, choose those that are uniform in size to promote even cooking.
Mushroom StorageStore mushrooms in your refrigerator crisper where they can benefit from cool air circulation. Keep partially covered to prevent them from drying out, but never store packaged mushrooms without venting. Paper bags are a good storage alternative.
Most fresh mushrooms should be used within three days.
Dried mushrooms should be soaked in hot water or part of the recipe cooking liquid for about an hour before using. Let debris sink to the bottom and use the clear remaining liquid in the recipe for additional flavor.
Mushrooms may also be canned or frozen for future use.
More About Mushrooms and Mushroom Recipes: Mushroom Selection and Storage
Mushroom Tips and Hints
Mushroom Equivalents, Measures, and Substitutions
How to Clean Mushrooms
Common Edible Mushroom Varieties
Mushroom Facts and Warning
Mushrooms and Health
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