from Thomas Sixt
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Mushrooms Washing? Here in this article, I show you how to wash mushrooms step by step. Lightly soiled mushrooms can be carefully cleaned dry with a brush and a cloth.
If the hats are too dirty, a quick dip in flour water with lemon juice will help. Below you will find the photo instructions and some tips for buying and storing the mushrooms.
Step 1: Buy Mushrooms
Already at the time of purchase, look for beautiful, fresh mushrooms. The mushrooms should have a beautiful color and look visually dry.
Step 2: Dry Clean or Wash
As a rule, you can clean the mushrooms with a brush. Unfortunately, the pastry brush is not suitable for this purpose. If the mushrooms are too dirty, proceed to step 3.
Schritt 3: Mushrooms Wash Prepare
You will need a bowl of cold water, some flour and lemon juice to wash the mushrooms.
Step 4: Prepare Flour Water
Squeeze the lemon juice and add to the water, stir in the flour. As an alternative to lemon juice, you can use a little vinegar.
Step 5: Wash Mushrooms Nimbly
Place the prepared mushrooms in the flour water and toss them in it. The lemon juice in the water dissolves the dirt, the flour in the water binds the dirt.
Step 6: Wash Mushrooms Clear
Then place the mushrooms briskly on a sieve and briefly rinse with cold water.
Step 7: Dry Mushrooms
Step 8: Further Process Mushrooms
Tips for Mushrooms Shopping and Preparation
I have summarized some important tips for you below:
What do you look for when buying mushrooms
Mushrooms are foods that spoil particularly quickly. When shopping, pay attention to the freshness of the goods. Mushrooms should look good, fresh mushrooms smell pleasant.
The pungent smell shows you: The hats have seen better days and should rather not be put into the pan.
Smeary mushrooms with dark discoloration are definitely not fit for consumption. Please be sure to sort out these mushrooms.
What is the shelf life of mushrooms?
Cultivated mushrooms such as mushrooms or herb mushrooms, as well as wild mushrooms have a limited shelf life. The mushrooms are best stored briefly in an airy and dry place, or in the refrigerator for two to 3 days.
Why Washing Mushrooms is a Good Idea
Both cultivated mushrooms and collected specimens from the forest can be dirty and contaminated with bacteria. Therefore, cooking professionals wash sandy and dirty mushrooms with water, adding acid and flour. The acid in the water reduces the surface tension of the water, the flour in the water binds the dirt.
Therefore, for washing the mushrooms flour water with lemon juice in combination with running water has proven effective.
The washing of the mushrooms please briskly through, so that the mushrooms soak up as little as possible with water. This preserves the typical aroma.
What is the Alternative to Washing Mushrooms?
Carefully clean less heavily soiled mushrooms with a soft brush or paintbrush. Remove coarse dirt such as soil residues and pay particular attention to the mushroom cap and the underside.
Alternatively, a damp cloth is also suitable. In this step you can cut off the bad parts of the mushrooms. The halving of the mushrooms shows whether worm infestation makes the sorting necessary.