How to Clean Oyster Mushrooms – How to Clean Mushroom Before Cooking – Cleaning Mushrooms
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How to Clean Oyster Mushrooms – How to Clean Mushroom Before Cooking – Cleaning Mushrooms


How to Clean Oyster Mushrooms [Intro music] Let me show you how to clean oyster mushrooms, but first I have a confession to make, I’m a member of the Mycological Society in Vancouver BC. And our mushroom experts told me that oyster mushrooms are actually not mushrooms, they are bacteria that grow on dead trees. So I will leave the scientific to argue and debate about that, but for me it’s a beautiful mushroom. They grown on panels. Those are cultivated mushrooms and they come naturally in different colors, pink, yellow and gray. Of course, the gray ones are the most widely known and available. To clean those mushrooms you will need water, paper towel, and that’s it. With a damp paper towel swipe the top of the cap and the bottom of the mushroom. Then cut about half of the stems off and discard that part because this will be rubbery. Then slice the mushroom, roughly, or leave it whole if you want to have a larger piece. However, you need to know that the mushroom will quite reduce when cooked.

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5 thoughts on “How to Clean Oyster Mushrooms – How to Clean Mushroom Before Cooking – Cleaning Mushrooms

  1. The belief that mushrooms absorb a great deal of water is a popular myth, even among professional chefs. Alton Brown on his program "Good Eats" on the Food Network weighed a bowl of mushrooms before and after washing them in water and there was an insignificant difference in weight. (He didn't soak them, however, and no you should not soak mushrooms but personally I don't know anyone who does. He also used button mushrooms which are much denser than oyster mushrooms or chanterelles. The latter do absorb some water. Dry them by squeezing in a tea towel. Any remaining water can be cooked off.)

  2. Pleurotus ostreatus or Oyster Mushroom is a saprobiontic fungus thus a mushroom. There are also saprobiontic bacteria but still "rose is a rose is a rose"

  3. I thought you were supposed to peel or pick apart oyster mushrooms. I'm sure there are many techniques, what are the benefits of cutting vs. picking apart?

  4. A basting brush works fine for me. To each their own I guess. If the mushrooms are wild, I'd recommend soaking them to run the bugs out of them. If they are cultivated, normally a good cleaning with a brush will suffice.

  5. There are a few things worth trying
    choose the top type – there are many available.
    grow them in the best conditions – some eg oyster muchrooms like cool humid conditions and may be placed outside (I read these and why they work on Gregs Mushroom Grower website )

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