The standard for the name " mushroom " is the cultivated white button mushroom, Agaricus bisporus; hence the word " mushroom " is most often applied to those fungi (Basidiomycota, Agaricomycetes) that have a stem (stipe), a cap (pileus), and gills (lamellae, sing. lamella)

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Saving Fresh mushrooms

There are about 2000 mushrooms types. However, not every one of them is edible; many of them are dangerous. To be precise, 32 types of mushrooms are considered to be poisonous mushrooms. So, one should not take a chance of picking mushrooms from any random place. Always buy mushrooms only from a good departmental store. This was a little about mushrooms, let us now learn about storing mushrooms.

first way to store >>>>

1- Put your fresh mushrooms inside a paper bag. The paper will soak up excess dampness that is released by the mushrooms.

2- Flip outrageous of the paper bag. You simply have to loosely fold it. The concept is to close the top, but in a way that will still permit the mushrooms to breathe.

3- Set the paper bag in the refrigerator, but not in your vegetable crisper. The cool air from the refrigerator allows the mushrooms to remain fresh for a few days.

The best way to keep Mushrooms

Mushrooms  need to be saved if they are to be used for a very long time. Fresh mushrooms always taste better, and more importantly, mushrooms that are not stored properly can cause food poisoning. Before keeping mushrooms one should always clean them neatly. Unlike other vegetables, mushrooms should not be washed thoroughly under water as they are very absorbent. Instead, one should wipe them with a damp towel. If you have to rinse mushrooms, put them in a bowl of water, move them around with your hand for a few seconds, remove them out and pat them dry immediately with paper towels. For keeping mushrooms also follow the same procedure. The following are a few ways to store mushrooms for a long time. Read more on drying mushrooms .

The first step of storing mushrooms is to first choose healthy mushrooms. Mushrooms which are firm and look fresh. Also look for the gills; tightly closed gills indicate young mushrooms. These kind of mushrooms stay longer even when used after a couple of days. The maximum time limit is 3 days.

In case you purchase fresh mushrooms which are already packed, keep them in the bag itself, but that is only if you want to use them immediately or just after a couple of hours.

If the mushrooms are loose or you do not want to use the mushrooms immediately, remove them from the packing (if they are packed), place them in a paper bag and fold the top of the bag loosely. Remember, mushrooms will get sweaty and decay if they are kept in a plastic bag or the per-packaged container for long.

An additional simple way of keeping mushrooms in fridge is to place a paper towel in a glass bowl, put the mushrooms above them and cover them with some more paper towels. Do not keep them in the crisper compartment of the fridge and also remember to rub the mushrooms lightly before using.

Keeping wild mushrooms is a completely different story. Wild mushrooms can be really dangerous so you first need to pick them up with great care.

Once you have made sure that the wild mushrooms are not poisonous, cut the damaged areas, wipe the soil away with paper towels and then soak them for a few hours in salt water.

This will help to get rid of any insects that might have hidden between gills. Wash the wild mushrooms thoroughly and use. 

You can store wild mushrooms in the same fashion as the normal mushrooms, by placing them in a paper bag in the fridge. Either freeze or dry the wild mushrooms if you are planning on storing mushrooms for long term. You can dry the wild mushrooms in an oven or dehydrator, at 100-150 degrees F. Dehydrated mushrooms should be crisp and crunchy, like potato chips. Keep these dried mushrooms in an airtight container. Soak in warm water before use.

These were some of the simple ways of storing mushrooms. As you must have observed, to store mushrooms is not a big task. So now that you know all about it, you can have your favorite mushroom dish anytime you want!

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