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Aug 11, 2002 11:39 AM

Storing Fresh Mushrooms

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This is a basic question, I know, but what is the best way to store fresh mushrooms? Thanks.

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  1. I refrigerate them (unwashed) wrapped in paper towels or in a paper bag. They should be kept dry. I've kept them for up to a week, at least.

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    1. re: Pat Hammond

      I like to store them in a nice Marsala wine sauce along with some thinly sliced sauteed veal. That way, I don't forget about them.

      1. re: flavrmeistr

        i'll second the idea of storage in a paper bag. but i'd also like to point out that even if they start to wrinkle and dry up, the key being dried, not wet and moldy, they are wonderful for cooking. dont be put off by their appearance. they wont look or taste good in a salad, uncooked, for example, but if anything its like lightly oven roasting tomatoes, the flavor intensifies. so be kind to your old mushrooms. joan

        1. re: joan

          I keep mine in the container they come in, with a bunch of holes punched in the plastic wrap over the top. If I buy them loose, I keep them in the plastic bag from the market, being sure to keep the bag wide open. They're usually just fine for several days, then a little wrinkled but OK for another week. If they dry out, I just let them dry thoroughly in the fridge, then keep them in a jar in my spice cabinet to flavor soups, stews, risottos, etc. You can reconstitute them in hot water (boil water, pour over shrooms in a bowl, cover with a plate and leave for 20 minutes) and add them into a stir-fry too. Did that just last week with a combination of straw mushrooms from the Asian market and white button mushrooms I'd dried myself. They were very good in a stir-fry with udon noodles, cabbage, and shrimp.

          1. re: C. Fox

            Does anyone have hints for storing mushrooms
            (long term)? I bought a bunch of fresh portabellas on sale and want to store them.

            1. re: Tina

              Line a plastic bag with a layer or two of paper towels. Put in the mushrooms and leave the bag open a bit in the refrigerator. Mushrooms need air circulation. They will keep for a week stored this way. Some say that mushrooms can be stored in a brown paper bag, but I find even that type of bag needs to have a paper towel liner.

    2. I usually keep them in a Tupperware FridgeSmart container that's specifically for storing vegetables (they're on the Tupperware site under "storage"), and they can keep for about 2 weeks (I usually put a paper towel in the bottom of the container after a few days and change it every other day, if needed).

      However, I've r3ecently used the Evert-Fresh Green Bags for celery, and they keep two bunches of celery fresh for 3 weeks or more. I've ordered some from their website, since my local market no longer carries them. Go figure - something that will keep produce fresher longer isn't sold by my local supermarket. Hmmm...wonder why?


      1. Like all fresh vegetables, eat within a day or two of purchase.

        Avoid storing in airtight plastic bags or wrap.

        Give them room to breathe.