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How to clean mushrooms (VIDEO)

Updated: Nov 9, 2023

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First of all let's get straight about what is a mushroom.

Mushrooms are not members of the plant kingdom. They don't function like plants or have similar structures, and referring to them as plants is technically wrong. Don't fall into this trap.

Second, the word "mushroom" is just more appealing to us to hear than the word fungi, am I right?

wild mushrooms, yellow and white
chopped oyster mushrooms

What about cleaning mushrooms?

Before the cooking process it's important to clean them thoroughly to remove any dirt or debris that may be hiding in the crevices of the mushroom. The easiest way to do this is to use a soft-bristled brush and a damp kitchen towel to gently wipe the mushroom caps and undersides. Be careful not to use too much water, as mushrooms are porous and can absorb water easily.

In this video I'm showing how to clean mushrooms properly, using "chicken of the woods" fungi. Mushrooms will soak up water and become soggy and flavorless and will therefore be no good for anything other than soup. So using the technique of brushing off the dirt is a good way to not only get the mushrooms clean but it also preserves their flavor.

sliced steak with mushroom sauce

Or one of my favorite vegetarian (vegan) dish called

cabbage with 2 slices of bread

I'm a big lover of mushrooms. When it comes to sticking to a healthy diet, disease-fighting mushrooms meet all the criteria. Mushroom nutrition is low in carbohydrates and calories but a great source of B vitamins, trace minerals, fiber and even protein. Eating more mushrooms is one way to lower cholesterol levels naturally.

Add more fungi to your daily diet for a longer and healthy life.

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