The Best Way To Rinse Mushrooms

Some people will say that you shouldn't rinse mushrooms because they absorb water and become difficult to cook. But it's totally doable as long as you have a salad spinner and a few extra seconds to spare.

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As J. Kenji López-Alt at Serious Eats explains, you don't have to spend a ton of time wiping down your mushrooms with a paper towel, or need a special mushroom brush. It's fine to rinse them as long as you do it right.

Wash your mushrooms in cold running water, then plop them in a salad spinner. Spin them until they're as dry as possible, then prepare and cook them as you normally would. Add a few extra seconds of cook time to make up for the slight excess of moisture, and you're all set. But only do this right before cooking since moisture shortens mushroom shelf life dramatically.

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    Some people will say that you shouldn't rinse mushrooms because they absorb water and become difficult to cook

    Is this a real thing? I rinse my mushrooms all the time and they cook just fine. I usually cut them up and cook them in a frying pan though, is there a certain way of cooking them where this becomes an issue?

      Same, perhaps its some elitist my mushrooms have to be this exact texture or something, I'm not a fan of mushrooms so its usually sliced or diced and mixed in with stuff, but cooking it was never a big issue.

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