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Old 04-13-2005, 02:04 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Otter
Give 'em a quick rinse (they have a high water content and won't pick up much more in a short period of time) and then throw them in your salad spinner.

I always wash mine and have never had a problem. I use the salad spinner too.

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Old 04-13-2005, 02:55 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Otter
Give 'em a quick rinse (they have a high water content and won't pick up much more in a short period of time) and then throw them in your salad spinner.
That sounds like a plan to me!

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Old 04-13-2005, 05:07 PM   #13
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I think, like with most things, do what is most comfortable for you. If the mushrooms have dirt I wipe off or rince quickly under the faucet. I try not to get moisture in the underpart, which I believe is where moisture would be absorbed, not on the button-type top. Love nearly all types of mushrooms and if I get a little dirt, so be it.
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Old 04-13-2005, 06:29 PM   #14
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Hey Guys - Thanks for all your input on my question. I do just the quick rinse thing and gently wipe off with a paper towel. I do not soak them at all. I found the reference to Alton Brown's experiment interesting so, it seems to me that a lot of the other cooking shows are just making a big deal out of nothing. Now when they go into there "expert" advice on this topic, I will just talk back to the TV saying Yada-yada-yada. What a helpful bunch you all are !
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Old 04-13-2005, 07:06 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by cats
... I also feel more comfortable having quickly washed them off for sanitary reasons, i.e, you have no idea how they have been handled and by whom. ...
I sincerly doubt that a quick rinse will do anything to "sanatize" your mushrooms - but, if it makes you fell better, it won't hurt. Cooking will "sanatize" them. If mine are whole and "dirty" I just wipe them with a paper towel, a cloth dish towel, or a pastry brush - whatever is handy at the moment. If they are "pre sliced" - or something other than button mushrooms - I rinse them under a "vegetable sprayer" and spin them dry in my salad spinner.

Yep - I watched Alton Brown's "myth busters" episode ... and I have something for him to consider ... which might account for why it didn't matter how long the mushrooms soaked since they all weighted about the same in the end.

The primary external structure of the mushrooms is cellulose ... which is not water soluable except under heat ... therefore they would not soak up any appreciable amount of water. However, the gills on the bottom would retain water due to capillary action (water molecules get trapped between the gills and don't drain off as droplets because the space is too small, and the surface tension is too great, for the water to form a particle large enough to form a cohesive "drop").

Even with dried mushrooms .... which you have to soak in near boiling water to rehydrate .... they are not mushy waterlogged morsels of fungi.

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