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Debate Table: How Do You Clean Mushrooms?


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Cleaning Mushrooms

There are lots of techniques for mushrooms, like salting them after cooking to lock in moisture and flavor. But one technique has caused a great debate: How to Properly Clean Mushrooms. After recipe testing, catering and helping Tom make shiitake mushroom ravioli, I’ve heard millions of methods for cleaning mushrooms (okay, more like 3 methods) – water rinse, damp towel, don’t clean them at all…How do you clean mushrooms? Join the Debate Table and give your feedback.

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  1. 10 am

    I seriously thought that you just run em under cold water. Is there more to it? Are you supposed to use a brush?

    • brandon maya permalink*
      10 pm

      Hi Muhammad,
      I tested soaking mushrooms versus using a damp towel on button, shiitake and portabella mushrooms and the flavor was best when using a damp towel. The mushrooms were crisp, more flavorful and cooked faster when I used a damp towel. Soaking them in water made them soggy and diluted the flavor.

      My friend @ pointed out that you don’t need to wash these:
      Hen of the Woods

      Enjoy your fungi!


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