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Apr 8, 2013 04:18 PM

How to Store Maitake Mushrooms?

I usually buy crimini mushrooms but while at H Mart this evening decided to try out maitake as I've heard that they are a quite enjoyable species of mushroom. They are in a plastic sealed bag similar to the photo posted. I plan to use them in 3 or 4 days, and read somewhere it's best to keep them in the original packaging or stash in a paper bag but the original packaging doesn't seem to keep criminis very fresh so I thought I'd see if anyone had some advice. Is it OK to leave them in the plastic in the fridge or should I put them in a paper bag? TIA

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    1. We always store them in a single layer with absorbent paper over and under. I would think at home a paper Bag would work fine for a couple of days.

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      1. re: chefj

        Do you put them in anything or just lay them in the fridge on the paper?

        1. re: fldhkybnva

          We use sheet pans, they are covered with Kitchen Towels or Butcher paper. but not closed up in anything.
          The idea is to keep them dry to keep rot from starting.

      2. Maitake can be stored in the bag or container in which you purchase them These materials are designed for gas permeability that suits Maitake. Crimini mushrooms and other agaricus varieties do not do well in sealed plastic of any kind. Once opened, the traditional paper bag in fridge is an excellent choice for any unused portion.

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        1. re: ShroomChef

          Yea, i actually took them out of the container and tried two different methods - paper bag and wrapped in papertowels in a plastic bag with holes and both seemed to have kept them quite fresh for 4 days now. I plan to use them tonight so all is well but I think next time I might try what you suggest and just leave them in the package. I just wasn't sure if the cellphone packaging had any holes for respiration. Now to figure out how to cook them. I figure just saute as usual until they release water and then evaporate it probably 10-15 minutes or so.

        2. The mushrooms pictured are not maitake. Maitake look much different and have a lot more of an earthy flavor. storing in paper bags in the refrigerator is a good method for either.

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          1. re: SimonSaysWoof

            No, it was just an example of the same packaging used by the company I bought the maitake from.

            1. re: SimonSaysWoof

              you have no idea what you are talking about.. those are immature maitake

              1. re: icelandicfarms

                The package in the first picture is clearly labeled king trumpet mushrooms. The second picture is maitre.