Mushrooms should be evenly colored, feel firm and plump, and have a fresh, earthy smell. Avoid any mushrooms that are bruised or broken.
Keep packaged mushrooms in their original wrapping until ready to use. Store loose mushrooms in a paper (NOT plastic) bag to allow air to circulate.
Mushrooms trap dirt, so a good cleaning is key. Wait to clean mushrooms until ready to use. Mushrooms are like sponges. A quick rinse is ok, but it’s best not to soak them. If you do rinse mushrooms, dry them thoroughly with a kitchen towel to ensure proper browning. Instead of washing them you may use a damp paper towel or soft brush to wipe mushrooms clean.
In addition to being low in fat and sodium, mushrooms provide fiber. Mushrooms are one of the few natural food sources of vitamin D.
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