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Mushroom kits

Past Their Expiry Date?

How do you tell if your mushrooms have past their prime?

1. Use your eyes . . . look at your mushrooms. Watch for slime or bruised spots. Those ones are to be thrown in the garbage.  Also, look for mushrooms that are shrivelled or withered.  These ones should not be used for cooking or eating.

2. Use your nose . . . bring the mushroom up to your nose. They should have an earthy aroma, if not, garbage!

3. Use your fingers . . . feel the mushrooms with your fingers.  Their texture should be firm.  Garbage any that are mushy or soft.

Make sure you check the ripeness of the mushrooms before you use them in your recipes!  Remember to store mushrooms in your refrigerator, usually up to seven days.

 

How to Use Mushrooms in Cooking

Mushroom in cookingThe possibilities when it comes to cooking with mushrooms are plentiful!  Here are a couple ideas of ways to use mushrooms:

Sauted- on burgers, on steak, on chicken, with white fish, served with onions, with herbs, in stir-fry's (try shitake, enoki), in omelettes

Baked- with roasts, on pasta, mixed with rice, risotto, as a burger patty (portobello)

Raw- on salads, on veggie trays

Please share your mushroom cooking ideas with us in the Community pages.

How to Cook Wild Mushrooms

How to cook wild mushroomsCooking with wild mushrooms is similar to cooking with button mushrooms.  You want to remember to always use high heat, and to sear them until they are golden brown.

Step One- Clean and Slice

Using a vegetable scrubber, dry paper towel or any type of cleaning tool, brush off the outside of the mushroom, making sure to remove all signs of dirt and debris.  Briefly run under water to help this process.  Slice mushrooms however you would like to.  Small mushrooms are best left whole.

Step Two- Saute or Roast

To saute the mushrooms, use a frying pan over high heat with butter or olive oil.  Garlic always adds a lovely flavour to this as well.  As the mushrooms cook, you will notice a liquid developing, continue to saute until this liquid is gone, and/or until the mushrooms are golden brown. At this point, you can add herbs and onions to compliment the mushrooms.

To roast the mushrooms, toss the sliced or whole mushrooms in olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic.  Bake in a 400 F oven for around 30 minutes or until golden brown.