Can and should mushrooms be washed? Is this a question you have asked yourself? I have the answer along with a few great quick tips!
While others are pouring over Netflix and Hulu, my husband included, I’m zeroed in on Food Network, Cooking Channel, Magnolia Network and every other network that offers cooking shows to watch. I make time to watch each and every one of them, almost taking copious notes along the way. Of course, I prefer some shows more than others, but just the same, I learn a little something from every chef.
There has been great debate about whether or not mushrooms should be washed. While the majority of celebrity cooks advise us to brush the dirt off mushrooms with a vegetable brush, there are a few that say, by all means, wash them.
As well they should be. They’re grown in dirt, compost and a bit of poo after all.
Mushrooms consist mostly of water. And, in the defense of those that swear by the brush cleaning technique, they’re afraid that the mushrooms will obtain even more water when washed, thus, robbing the fungi of flavor. However, this has been proven to not be true.
Unless the mushrooms have been soaking in water for an extended period of time, just by rinsing and cleaning the dirt with a wet cloth, these delicious bites will not grab on to more water.
Bottom Line, Mushrooms Should Be Washed
Here is the quick tip how I wash mushrooms: Under a trickle of cold water, simply rub the dirt off the mushrooms, and drain on a paper towel. Do not soak mushrooms, but rather run them under a slow stream of water and get the job done. Dry off and move on to the next.
I’ve read other mushroom washing tips where it’s recommended to wash them in a salad spinner, making sure all water is dried off before cooking. This is a great tip too, but not everyone has a salad spinner.
Here’s the deal. Stop with the brushing.
Wash The Dirt Off Of Mushrooms
When you wash the mushrooms, they won’t explode because of over watering. They won’t lose their flavor. Just don’t soak them. Rinse the dirt off and wipe with a damp cloth, and you’re good to go.
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