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How to Clean Mushrooms

by Chef Derek Harrison - Metro Chef, Southern California

 Mushrooms are quite different than a lot of the produce we eat, so they require a different set of cleaning and preparation techniques .  A few basic tips to go by are:

  • Mushrooms are mostly water, so never soak them when they are fresh. 
  • Invest in a soft mushroom brush and simply brush away any clinging growing medium rather than washing with water.

  • If you must, wipe them with a damp paper towel.

  • There is no need to peel mushrooms. In fact, peeling mushrooms nullifies most of their flavor. Simply trim off any damaged spots and tough or dirty stems.

Derek Harrison

Derek Harrison is a metro chef in West L.A.

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