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Old 10-30-2010, 07:16 PM   #1
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Cleaning mushrooms poll

With all the talk of mushrooms lately, I'm wondering how all of you clean the lill darlins?

1. I wipe them with a damp paper towel
2. I use my little mushroom brush made for this purpose
3. I give them a quick rinse under the faucet
4. I don't care what I've heard, they need to be washed well in a bowl
5. Other
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Old 10-30-2010, 07:21 PM   #2
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I wipe them with a damp paper towel just like Ina Garten told me to. Although, I never feel like that's enough, but I just go with it.
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Old 10-30-2010, 07:24 PM   #3
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I wipe mine with a damp cloth.

I have read that it is okay to wash them in a bowl, if the caps haven't opened.
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damp paper towel, immediately before use.
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Old 10-30-2010, 07:52 PM   #5
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5. Other. Making those Mushroom Gratins this past week, I used a small dry washcloth to brush them. It worked really well because of the terry cloth, and I didn't need to add moisture.
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Old 10-30-2010, 08:05 PM   #6
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5. Other. Making those Mushroom Gratins this past week, I used a small dry washcloth to brush them. It worked really well because of the terry cloth, and I didn't need to add moisture.
*ding* *ding* *ding*........I really like that "other" Z !! I use my little mushroom brush, but I like that idea better.
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I wash mine under running water right before use. I have always done it this way and have never had a problem. Mushrooms are not as delicate as a lot of people think they are.

I loved the episode of Good Eats when Alton Brown proved that mushrooms don't quickly soak up a lot of liquid, as many people think. He started with a few batches of mushrooms, equal in weight. He brushed some, soaked some, and quickly washed some. I can't remember if there were any other cleaning methods used--I saw it a couple years ago. I can't remember the exact amounts, but if there was any weight difference, it was negligible.

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Old 10-30-2010, 08:34 PM   #8
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After watching Alton's experiment testing how much water mushrooms actually soak up if fully immersed in a bowl of water for 5 minutes (essentially NONE!), I wash mine under cold water from the faucet in a colander using a soft vegetable brush. I then pat them dry using a paper towel. (The difference, by weight, of pre-washed vs post-washed is about 1/2 teaspoon of water for 8 ounces of mushrooms.) I can live with that.

*Barbara L. and I were writing the same things at the same time!
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Old 10-30-2010, 08:39 PM   #9
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If they're not too dirty, I just wipe them with a terrycloth cloth. If they are very dirty I wash the under running water and pat dry.
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I wash mine under running water right before use. I have always done it this way and have never had a problem. Mushrooms are not as delicate as a lot of people think they are.

I loved the episode of Good Eats when Alton Brown proved that mushrooms don't quickly soak up a lot of liquid, as many people think. He started with a few batches of mushrooms, equal in weight. He brushed some, soaked some, and quickly washed some. I can't remember if there were any other cleaning methods used--I saw it a couple years ago. I can't remember the exact amounts, but if there was any weight difference, it was negligible.

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This is what i do! Good episode.
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