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Wondering if you can freeze mushrooms? Here’s the best storage method, how to handle texture changes, and versatile recipe ideas!

can you freeze mushrooms

Got a load of mushrooms on hand? Mushrooms add a rich, earthy flavor to a variety of dishes, but sometimes it can be difficult to use the entire lot. You might be wondering, can you freeze mushrooms? Here’s what to know before you pop these fungi in the freezer.

Can you freeze mushrooms?

Freezing mushrooms is a simple and effective way to preserve them for long term storage. However, frozen mushrooms are best used in cooked dishes. Why? Mushrooms become softer and more delicate after freezing, and release more liquid than fresh mushrooms. They can also become chewier in texture after freezing.

Avoid using frozen mushrooms in recipes that call for fresh mushrooms. The best uses for frozen mushrooms are in cooked dishes like mushroom soup. Another option is skipping the freezer and marinating the mushrooms, which extends their life for 1 week.

can you freeze mushrooms

How to freeze mushrooms

You can freeze fresh mushrooms raw, but the texture becomes very delicate and mushy after freezing. To better preserve the texture, start with a step of boiling (or blanching) the mushrooms first. This also helps to clean the mushrooms before preserving them.

The best type of mushrooms to freeze are white, baby bella (cremini) or sliced portobello mushrooms*. You can freeze other types of mushrooms, but depending on the variety the delicate texture can make it difficult to preserve them.

  1. Make sure the mushrooms are fresh before freezing. Do not freeze mushrooms that are slimy or have signs of decay.
  2. Slice the mushrooms to prepare them for a future recipe.
  3. Blanch the mushrooms in boiling water for 2 minutes. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Drain the mushrooms in a colander and rinse them under cool water until they are warm to the touch, rinsing out any dirt that has clung to the mushrooms.
  4. Blot and slice the mushrooms. Blot the mushrooms dry with a paper towel.
  5. Flash freeze the mushrooms by placing them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freezing for 1 to 2 hours.
  6. Transfer the mushrooms to a resealable freezer bag or container. Label the bag or container with a “use by” date 3 months in the future.

*Freezing whole portobello mushrooms to make stuffed mushrooms is not recommended, due to the texture changes; freeze this variety of mushroom sliced.

Storage

Freezing mushrooms is a great way to preserve them and make them last longer. While they can last longer, plan to use them within 3 months for best quality.

How to thaw frozen mushrooms

When freezing mushrooms, it’s important to note that they will become softer and more delicate in texture once thawed. They may also release more liquid than fresh mushrooms. This is normal: the liquid can be used in the recipe as well (simply add it when cooking).

In some cases, you may not need to thaw frozen mushrooms. You can use them directly from the freezer in cooked dishes. Or, thaw frozen mushrooms by transferring to the refrigerator for 12 hours. Use the thawed mushrooms in 1 to 2 days.

can you freeze mushrooms

Alternative: marinated mushrooms

Don’t want to freeze mushrooms? A great alternative is marinated mushrooms! Marinating mushrooms in olive oil, vinegar and spices extends the life for up to 1 week. In addition, the first step of the freezing process (boiling the mushrooms) is the same as marinating. Simply toss the mushrooms with the seasonings in this Marinated Mushrooms recipe instead of tossing them in the freezer.

Uses for thawed mushrooms

Thawed mushrooms can be used in a variety of recipes, but it’s best to use them in cooked dishes. In all of the recipes below, you can use mushrooms straight from the freezer: no need to defrost! Make sure to sauté mushrooms if the recipe calls for it, since this adds flavor (you can cut down the sauteing time by several minutes). Here are a few mushroom recipes to get you started:

  1. Soups and stews: Use them in recipes like mushroom barley soup or creamy mushroom soup
  2. Sauces and gravies: Add them to a mushroom gravy
  3. Omelets and frittatas: Sauté them and add them to an omelet or frittata
  4. Stir-fries and sautés: Use them in veggie stir fry, cauliflower stir fry or tofu stir fry.
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can you freeze mushrooms

Can You Freeze Mushrooms?


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: N/A

Description

Wondering if you can freeze mushrooms? Here’s the best storage method, how to handle texture changes, and versatile recipe ideas!


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Make sure the mushrooms are fresh before freezing. Do not freeze mushrooms that are slimy or have signs of decay.
  2. Slice the mushrooms.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, add the mushrooms and boil for 2 minutes (called blanching). Drain the mushrooms in a colander and rinse them under cool water until they are warm to the touch, rinsing out any dirt that has clung to the mushrooms.
  4. Blot the mushrooms dry with a paper towel. 
  5. Place the mushrooms on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze them for 1-2 hours.
  6. Once they are frozen, transfer the mushrooms to a resealable freezer bag or container. Label the bag or container with a “use by” date 3 months in the future. Freeze for up to 3 months. Use frozen mushrooms directly in cooked dishes, or thaw them by transferring to the refrigerator for 12 hours. (You can use the liquid that comes off in recipes as well.) Use thawed mushrooms in 1 to 2 days.

Notes

*Note: Other varieties of mushrooms can work frozen as well, but we have not tested them. If freezing shiitake mushrooms, make sure to remove the stems first. Freezing whole portobello mushrooms to make stuffed mushrooms is not recommended, due to the texture changes; freeze this variety of mushroom sliced. 

  • Category: Frozen
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: Vegetables
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Can you freeze mushrooms, can you freeze fresh mushrooms

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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