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Old 02-18-2006, 08:22 AM   #1
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Keeping mushrooms fresh

I buy fresh white mushrooms quite often. It seems that within a couple of days, they start getting darker and somewhat moist. How can I keep them fresh?

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Old 02-18-2006, 10:25 AM   #2
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Try transferring them to a brown paper bag. I use the small brown paper lunch bags.They don't like plastic.
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Old 02-18-2006, 11:46 AM   #3
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They won't keep fresh for all that long, though a little bit of browning won't really affect the flavour, just the visual aspect if you're serving them raw. When I get mine home, I make sure they are 100% dry and then lay them in a large plastic zip-lock bag with paper towels (below and on top of them). Kept this way I've fond they look pretty decent for 3-4 days
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Old 02-18-2006, 11:52 AM   #4
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When I get home from the store, I take them out of their package and put them in a paper bag...that way they can breath. Depending on how fresh they are when I get them, they'll last 4-5 days that way.
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Old 02-18-2006, 03:03 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone. I guess my mistake was that I left them in the container they came in with the plastic on top. No wonder they got moist and discolored! Maybe I should buy them in bulk rather than in the container since they need to breathe.
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Old 02-18-2006, 04:13 PM   #6
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You know, if you're cooking with them (as opposed to putting them raw in a salad), the older mushrooms sometimes actually have more flavor. Anyway, if all else fails, sautee them in butter or olive oil with some garlic, refrigerate, and you can eke out a few more days. From that point you can add a splash of wine and have a great sauce ready-to-go.
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Old 02-26-2006, 11:45 AM   #7
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Thanks Claire, thats a good tip. I tried the paper bag method and they have kept fresh so far for about 6 days without moisture or discoloring. When they start to go off, I will definately do as you suggest. Thanks.
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Old 02-26-2006, 12:34 PM   #8
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I use a paper lunch bag to store mushrooms also. Sometines I buy the bulk mushrooms and sometimes the prepackaged ones. It depends on which are fresher.
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