How to prepare fresh mushrooms

How to prepare fresh mushrooms
Preparing fresh mushrooms for a recipe is not very complicated, but there are a few pitfalls to avoid, which will be pointed out here.
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Last modified on: May 10th 2023

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Stage 1
How to prepare fresh mushrooms
The problem with fresh mushrooms is the dirt that gets stuck to them, either at the base or on the cap.

Stage 2
How to prepare fresh mushrooms
If you want to keep only the head, you can break (or cut) the foot.

Stage 3
How to prepare fresh mushrooms
If you want to use the maximum of the mushroom, cut and throw away just the earthy part of the stem.

Stage 4 - 5 min.
How to prepare fresh mushrooms
Do this for all your mushrooms.

Stage 5
How to prepare fresh mushrooms


The next thing to do, as for vegetables, is to soak them to wash them, but this would be a mistake, the (fragile) taste of the mushrooms would diminish or even disappear, especially for wood mushrooms.

Instead, brush them, one by one, under a stream of warm water.

Stage 6
How to prepare fresh mushrooms
The foot...

Stage 7
How to prepare fresh mushrooms
...then the hat.

No doubt, it's long enough.

Stage 8 - 10 min.
How to prepare fresh mushrooms
Do this for all your mushrooms, and place them in a colander as you go to drain them.

At the end, dry them by rubbing them gently in a dry cloth.

Stage 9
How to prepare fresh mushrooms


Depending on your recipe you may need mushrooms in pieces, and in this case cut them in 2 or 4 (or more) in the height starting with the foot.

Stage 10
How to prepare fresh mushrooms
This will produce fairly large pieces.

Stage 11
How to prepare fresh mushrooms
If you need sliced mushrooms, in this case slice them thinly, lengthwise, starting with the side of the cap.

A mandolin is ideal for this.

Stage 12 - 5 min.
How to prepare fresh mushrooms
Whatever cut/size you choose, do it for all your mushrooms.

They are now ready to be used in your recipe.
This method applies to all mushrooms, cultivated or woodland, but it should always be remembered that woodland mushrooms cannot wait (or wait very little), even in the refrigerator.
To be used during the day.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
140 Kcal or 586 Kj15 gr20 gr0 gr
7 %6 %2 %0 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
28 Kcal or 117 Kj3 gr4 gr0 gr
1 %1 %<1 %0 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
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  • For 300 g : 2.50 €

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  • If it's mushrooms coming from the shop, I agree with you.
    But if they come from the woods, I'm afraid you can't, without a bit of water, remove all the soil, mud, sand or dust of the mushrooms, so they gonna be unpleasantly "crunchy" (sorry, I miss the word in English) when cooked.
    Posted by jh may 10th 2023 at 11:56 (n° 2)
  • Mushrooms are highly absorbent, it was mentioned in your article that you should never soak them - (which is correct). Indeed, you should never put them in ANY water before cooking them - if you need to clean them, either brush them with a dry brush, or rub them gently with a damp (only damp) cloth, before cooking.
    Posted by Dave may 10th 2023 at 10:55 (n° 1)
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