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Can I heat and then cool Shiitake mushrooms, and eat cold one day later?

I want to cook them, then keep them in the fridge and eat them cold one day later. I have heard of some mushrooms becoming poisonous one day after heating, and you cannot eat Shiitakes raw. Will it ...
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What is this part of the mushroom? Is it safe to eat?

Is the part I indicated in the picture safe to eat? It looks like mold? Sometimes the mushrooms I buy have it, sometimes they don't. I wonder what it is! And what about this one?
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How long do mushrooms stay good? [duplicate]

I brought some stuffed mushrooms home from a very nice restaurant how long can I keep them on the counter or in the refrigerator before they go bad?
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Can I reheat a frozen creamy mushroom sauce twice?

Two months ago, I cooked a huge portion of a creamy mushroom sauce. Since I couldn't eat all of it, I froze a big portion. Today, I reheated the frozen sauce and still couldn't eat all of it. So I put ...
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Storage options for Oyster mushrooms

Found about 5 pounds of Oyster mushrooms today in southern Ohio. First time for me. What is the best method of cleaning and storing for long term? Do these dehydrate well or should they be sauted and ...
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Is it possible to “ripen” mushrooms after it's picked?

Quite recently my world was shaken when I learned that the common button mushroom and the much larger portabello mushroom are both the exact same species, Agaricus Bisporus, but at different stages of ...
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White threads on top of mushrooms?

I just opened a pack of baby bella mushrooms that I bought yesterday. They were firm and in good condition, but the one on the bottom had wispy white threads growing out of the top. I thought it could ...
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Storing chicken of the woods (mushroom) (pic)

Wondering if anyone here has stored Chicken of the woods with success. Last year I tried dehydrating but it really doesn't bounce back to well. Could these be sauteed and then frozen for later use in ...
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button mushrooms turned red while frying in butter

I fried fresh sliced button mushrooms in butter over low heat with no other ingredients. After a short while dark red areas started to appear on the sides of several slices. I never noticed anything ...
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How to get pickled mushrooms to be less sour?

I like pickled mushroom from a jar but I would prefer if they were less acidy/sour. Is there any way to increase the PH ? Will it work if I drain the juice they come in and refill with oil or ...
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What goes with white cap mushrooms? [closed]

I found this recipe: http://www.marthastewart.com/314083/goat-cheese-stuffed-mushrooms but the idea of cheese + bread crumbs didn't really stick with me. I liked the idea of removing a mushroom's stem ...
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Is it safe to not wash mushrooms?

Most chefs stress the fact that white button mushrooms, and others, should not be washed to be cleaned. They say to either lightly brush them or just pat them with a cloth or paper towel to get the ...
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How can bitterness from dried mushrooms be avoided?

A couple of times I've made the mistake of adding the liquid used to soak dried mushrooms back to my broth resulting in a horribly bitter taste. The top answers here and here make no mention of ...
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Grey mushroom cream sauce - why so dark?

I've attempted making an Alfredo sauce many times in the past: With flour+butter, without, many different recipes that none have achieved an actual white color. The mushrooms and onion tint the whole ...
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How to clean fresh champignons? [duplicate]

I bought some fresh champignons from the supermarket. What's the proper way to clean them before cooking (or rather frying) them? Should I just wash them with cold water? Should I peel them?
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Why should or shouldn't I peel mushrooms?

I've peeled my button mushrooms since cooking with a friend once, who did it, but I've never understood why, if at all, it's advisable. Searching shows a fairly wide range of opinions but I see no ...
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Preparing dried mushrooms for risotto [duplicate]

I plan to cook a basic mushroom risotto. However, the supermarket near us did not have shitake or any other uncanned mushrooms, they only had dried ones. My question is, do I just remove the stem and ...
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How to stop mushrooms from discoloring everything?

A few times in the past week, I've cut up a few mushrooms (I'm pretty sure they're button) and sauteed or fried them with a few other ingredients for dinner. I absolutely love the taste and the ...
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Edible Mushrooms [closed]

Does anyone know if these mushrooms, that are growing in my back yard, (see picture) are edible?
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Deep-Frying stuffed mushrooms?

I got stuffed mushrooms at the butcher's today with minced meat inside them. Would it be a good idea to deep-fry them; and if so on how many degrees would you do so? Thanks for your help!
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Mushroom substitutes

I use mushrooms mainly to bulk up food, for example, I add them to cottage pie, lasagne, etc.. and they can turn 1lb of minced into 1.5lb. Also, I particularly like venison stew (which seems to ...
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Are Devil’s Cigar mushrooms poisonous?

My dad has this mushroom growing on his land, in large quantities. He is curious if these are poisonous to humans, as he is interested in cooking them. He commented that he has seen some that look to ...
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What is the difference between saute and caramelizing toppings?

I'm a huge fan of cooking up grilled onions, peppers, mushrooms, and many other toppings. When I worked at a local sub shop I was always the one volunteering to grill up some onions and saute the ...
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Cold stuffed mushrooms?

I was planning on making some stuffed mushrooms for a halloween party at work (I am going as Mario), however there aren't any suitable ovens at work and my commute is long and in the early AM so they ...
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Are chestnut mushrooms and baby portabella mushrooms the same thing?

Based on the information in Wikipedia - Chestnut Mushrooms and the answer located here at What are the mushrooms used in this (video) recipe? I would take an educated guess that since the chestnut ...
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Why does cooking mushrooms longer alter the taste so much?

When pan frying sliced regular white mushrooms, I prefer to cook them on high-heat with a generous amount of EVO until they shrivel up quite a bit and become golden brown in color. This is opposed as ...
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How to grill portabello mushrooms properly

Recently my girlfriend and I tried grilling (over an open flame, like BBQ) some portabello mushrooms for burgers. We failed miserably :( The mushrooms were soggy and raw at first. After grilling them ...
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Saving spoiling mushrooms?

Are there any recipes specially for mushrooms that are on their way out, like making banana bread from over-ripe bananas?
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Why do mushrooms freeze in fridge at temps above freezing?

I noticed mushrooms freeze in my fridge when nothing else does. Can anybody explain the phenomenon?
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How long will vacuum-packed truffle last in the fridge?

I have a vacuum-packed truffle in the fridge since a few weeks now. The mushroom was fresh when it has been vacuum-packed. Does anyone know how long will it last? Is it still ok to eat it? It looks ...
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How common are worms in dried mushrooms?

I was excited to try cooking with dried mushrooms until I saw some comments from people who found (many) dried worms mixed in with their dried mushrooms. How common is this?
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What differences are there between reconstituted dried mushrooms and fresh?

I'm new to the idea of cooking with dried (reconstituted) mushrooms and am wondering how they would differ from fresh when cooked. Specifically, is the texture noticeably different? What types of ...
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Approximating dried mushroom texture without

For yet another variation on using dried/fresh mushrooms, I would like to know how to approximate the texture of dried mushrooms using fresh. My intent is to make a leek-miso soup and I would like to ...
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Substituting for Madeira wine in a mushroom stuffed with sausage recipe

The recipe calls for Madeira but I am thinking about using another wine. My choices are: Pernod, Calvados, pinneau du Terrier or dry sherry. What does anyone recommend on this subject?
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Mushroom replacement in Beef Wellington

I saw a great recipe for Beef Wellington on Serious Eats that I'm eager to try. However, my roommate does not eat mushrooms (both because he dislikes the flavor and because he had a bad experience as ...
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Substituting fresh shitake mushrooms for dried

My question is exactly the reverse of this one: Substituting Dried Shiitake Mushrooms for Fresh I have a recipe for vegetarian gravy which calls for 8 dried shitake mushrooms, but I only have fresh ...
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How to properly sauté mushrooms so that they don't release water?

Every time I try to sauté mushrooms, they release so much water I end up with a puddle. This, from what I gather, is not the intended effect - they should be slightly browned but dry. Any tips on how ...
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Over cooking shiitake mushrooms?

I eat Asian cuisine a lot but I've started to use shiitake mushrooms in the stead of just about anything else because I think they're delicious. I've had them in vinaigrettes, caramelizing with ...
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How long do you have to cook wild morel mushrooms for them to be safe?

I have recently been given some wild black morel mushrooms. I know that you aren't supposed to eat them raw, as they contain toxins which must be cooked out (at least now I know that... good thing I ...
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Can I fry my frozen Maitake pieces with other fresh mushrooms?

I was given a bag of frozen Maitake pieces and read online that they are best cooked without prior defrosting. Can I throw into the skillet a handful of fresh shitake or oyster after awhile?
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Why should dried mushrooms be soaked in warm water?

I was looking at some recipes online that included dried mushrooms (mostly porcini). All those recipes and this question mention soaking them in warm water. Why warm water? Would there be a ...
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Why are these mushroom stems leaving a long, skinny fiber behind on the cap?

I was pulling the stems out of some mushroom caps today - we save the stems and make broth out of them - when I discovered that some stems weren't coming out all the way. Have a look: Mushroom ...
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Storing cut button mushrooms vs whole button mushrooms

Do cut buttons mushrooms have a tendency to spoil more quickly than whole button mushrooms? Also, what are signs that a button mushroom has gone bad ? Just curious about this.
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What should I know about the peels of raw fruit and vegetables?

I've not been paying much attention to what I ate, but now I have just become a vegetarian and want to try eating much more raw foods. I know that in many fruit and vegetables, most of the important ...
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How to prepare chanterelles?

I always find myself buying chanterelles because I really like them when I eat them somewhere where the chef knew what he/she was doing. I always end up with an inedible mess -- or at least something ...
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What kind of mushroom goes well with Tandoori Chicken on a pizza?

I was thinking of making a pizza with the following ingredients which I found on reddit.com. I'm looking for a dream team of herbs, spices and mushrooms to complete this. Sun dried tomato and ...
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Substituting Dried Shiitake Mushrooms for Fresh

I have a recipe that calls for 12 oz of fresh Shiitake mushrooms. Due to cost and availability concerns, I decided to get dried instead, figuring I would be able to find information about how to ...
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Appropriate way to thaw mushrooms

I've put a package of sliced mushrooms in the freezer for few days. I plan to use in a vegetable stir fry. What is the appropriate way to thaw the mushrooms?
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What should I look out for when cooking with truffles?

My birthday is coming up, and we saw some black truffles at Whole Foods, so we thought it was time to try cooking with this rather expensive ingredient. I've never cooked with truffles before, and ...
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Condensed cream of mushroom over chicken and rice

I was thinking about doing a baked dish with chicen and rice covered with a can of cream of mushroom soup. I'd like some advice. I was just planning on kinda winging it by cooking some rice, putting ...