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can you freeze mushrooms

Can You Freeze Mushrooms?

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


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



  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.


*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