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Do you cut off the stem end of mushrooms?

I just always do this when slicing mushrooms, as I think I learned the cut end would always be tough. Is this standard practice or is it unnecessary? Thanks.

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  1. Depends on the mushroom. For the common button, I slice off only the very end of the stem to make it even and to get rid of any nasty bits. Then I thinly slice the whole thing, ending up with some slices of the cap alone and others of cap and stem--resulting in two-dimensional whole mushroom slices.

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      1. re: Sam Fujisaka

        I do this. Makes sense. Thanks for the confirmation, Sam!

      2. Interesting question. I do it automatically on button mushrooms b/c my mom always did (of course, she sometimes also removed the whole stem, which I always protested against). I'll be interested to read the replies.

        1. I break the stems off to make slicing the caps easier, but I slice them across the grain and use them.

          The only stems I toss are those of Shitaki mushrooms, as they are too fibrous to be edible.

          1. nope-- i twist them off.

            1. small mushroom jfood snaps off the bottoms.