How to Wash Mushrooms
Washing mushrooms is actually quite simple, but it is a two step process.
- Place the mushrooms in a colander and rinse them under running tap water.
Do this just before you’re ready to use them. This process will loosen any dirt and debris from the mushrooms. It also prevents them from soaking in a bowl of water, where they could absorb unwanted moisture.
- Wipe off the rinsed mushrooms with a paper towel and they’re ready to go.
You can use a towel, but it will get dirty (as in a white towel will become brown after drying a batch of mushrooms).
Note: The bottom tips of the stems should also be cut off with a sharp knife.
Cooking can make mushrooms spongy if they cook in their own juices. That’s why they should be dried well after washing and before cooking.
To eliminate mushy mushrooms cooke them in a single layer in the pan in order that they can brown properly without becoming too moist and soggy.