How to Clean Mushrooms…the Right Way

Should you wash mushrooms or brush off the dirt? To clear up this kitchen conundrum, here’s how to clean mushrooms…the right way.

How to clean mushrooms

What’s the best way to clean mushrooms? If you’re like us, you might have heard the old adage: never wash mushrooms. The rationale was that mushrooms are 90% water, so they would absorb the water and become waterlogged. But the method of brushing off each mushroom with a small brush or paper towel takes way too long.

Turns out according to The Kitchn and Martha Stewart, yes, you can wash mushrooms! At least, you can give them a little shower. A mushroom farmer interviewed by The Kitchn indicated that “mushrooms need a shower, not a bath.” This works for most types of mushrooms you’ll find at the grocery. One caveat is morel mushrooms: these foraged mushrooms can be very dirty, so use a brush and some water to get them as clean as possible.

How to clean mushrooms: the right way!

Here’s the right way of how to clean mushrooms: and it takes no time at all! There’s a best case method, and a cheater method in case you’re feeling lazy:

  • Bowl method: Fill a large bowl with water. Add the mushrooms and toss them in the water for a minute or so until the dirty mostly settles to the bottom. Remove from the bowl and pat dry.
  • Strainer method: Or for a cheaters method, you can simply place the mushrooms in a colander and spray them with water until the dirt washes away. Then pat the mushrooms dry.

For both methods, make sure not to soak the mushrooms: remember, shower not bath! You’ll want to get the mushrooms out of the water as soon as you can.

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How to Clean Mushrooms…the Right Way


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: N/A

Ingredients

  • Mushrooms of any type (except morels*)

Instructions

  1. Fill a large bowl with water. Add the mushrooms and toss them in the water for a minute or so until the dirty mostly settles to the bottom. Remove from the bowl and pat dry. Or for a cheaters method, you can simply place the mushrooms in a colander and spray them with water until the dirt washes away.
  2. Cook using your favorite method, like Best Ever Sauteed Mushrooms, Roasted Mushrooms, or Grilled Mushrooms.

Notes

*Morels can be very dirty, so the require cleaning with a scrub brush.

  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Washing
  • Cuisine: Vegetables

Keywords: How to clean mushrooms

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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