Just Good Food

by John Ryan


How to Select Mushrooms
& More Mushroom Tips


First, look at the caps. Then look at the stems and gills.

The Caps


The Stems and Gills


Two Personal Tips


Storing Mushrooms


How Do You Wash Them?

One of my favorite mushroom-washing anecdotes comes from a story by Alan Richman. In GQ magazine a couple years ago he wrote about taking classes at the a cooking school in France run by the legendary Paul Bocuse. One of the things he learned was that "Washing mushrooms is perfectly all right. I can't tell you how happy I am about this. I never serve mushrooms when friends come over, because one of them invariably launches into a diatribe when I wash my mushrooms instead of brushing each one clean with a dry cloth. Chef Antoine says wiping mushrooms is ridiculous. 'You have time in the United States for things like that,' he says."

In light of that, what can I say? But everybody agrees on two things: Don't wash them until you are ready to cook or eat them, and don't let them sit in water.

As for washing, if you can get away with it, just brush off dirt. But if your mushrooms are dirty, rub the dirt off under running water.


Mushrooming Mushrooms


More About Mushrooms


John Ryan

Both chef and musician, John Ryan wrote the Just Good Food blog from 1996 through 2001.

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This page created 1997. Modified August 2007.