THE ONLY WAY TO STOP MUSHROOMS FROM TURNING SLIMY

The only way to stop mushrooms from turning slimy

 The only way to stop mushrooms from turning slimy

 
 Mushrooms are a complex vegetable both in their taste and in their appearance. If you forget to cook them right away, mushrooms can go from beautiful to muddy, in about one night.
 
The key to longevity for fresh mushrooms is how you store them after you bring them home from the grocery store. Proper storage and handling prevents mushroom from going bad before you get a chance to eat them. 

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 What makes fresh mushroom to go bad
 
According to a study published by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), fresh mushrooms are highly perishable: they deteriorate rapidly soon after being removed. They lose moisture, their color and shape change, their nutritional value and taste decrease within a week.

 Mushrooms contain a lot of water, about 90 percent, according to Harold McGee in On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen. This is why it is difficult to keep fresh mushrooms for a long time. They must be stored in an environment with sufficient moisture balance to avoid water loss and at the same time avoid condensation.
 
In addition, mushrooms can continue to grow even after being removed, and according to McGee: “Within four days of storage indoors, they lose about half of their energy due to the formation of chitin in their cell walls. » " the molecular name for fungal fibers.

 This is why it is best to store mushrooms in the fridge and not at room temperature. The NLM study says you can store freshly picked mushrooms at room temperature for up to three days, or up to seven days in the refrigerator. By the time you buy your mushrooms at the grocery store, they've been harvested for a few days, so it's best to refrigerate them right away.

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The best way to store mushrooms
 
The first step to keeping mushrooms fresh for as long as possible is to make sure you choose good quality mushrooms. Look for mushrooms that are damp, but not wet or slimy. If you buy them in bulk or at a farmer's market, touch the mushrooms to make sure they are not wet; otherwise, you are fighting losing battle against the slime.

 
The first rule when it comes to keeping mushrooms fresh is to let them breathe. Storing them in an airtight container or plastic bag will improve condensation. mushroom should be wrapped tightly in absorbent packaging to prevent their evaporation from condensing on the surface and promoting spoilage. 
 
Additionally, adding too much moisture, either by washing your mushrooms before storing them or by wrapping them in wet paper towels, doesn't do your mushroom any good.
 
You can use original packaging (paper cartons with perforated plastic covers) from grocery stores, as they are usually made to allow air circulation. You can also put mushrooms in paper bags; just be sure to leave the top open. Put the mushrooms in the refrigerator, without washing them, and be sure to use them quickly.


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