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Facts and fiction about food and cooking, by Peter Aitken
Tag Archives: mushrooms
Don’t wash raw mushrooms because they will absorb water
September 16, 2011Posted by on
Mushrooms naturally contain a lot of water, up to 90% by weight according to some sources. This makes them difficult to sauté properly because they will give off that water and end up stewing, at least until the water cooks off. But, they won’t absorb more water if you wash them. Of course, some water may adhere to the gills, but that can be shaken or dabbed off.
Aside from the color, cremini mushrooms are no different from the white ones
April 13, 2011Posted by on
Your taste buds will give the lie to this myth. The brown cremini have a deeper and more mushroomy flavor than the white mushrooms. Choose based on the needs of your recipe.
On a related note, did you know that portobello mushrooms are nothing more than large creminis?