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How to Clean Mushrooms

Learning how to clean mushrooms reduces any chance of excess moisture in these fungi. Read about the different techniques to match your own personal preference for how to do this. When you realize how easy it is, you'll want to try a recipe that highlights the delicate flavor of the mushroom.

Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 12 mushrooms
London Brazil


  1. Method 1: Place your fresh mushrooms on a dry, clean surface, and wipe the caps and stems off with a damp paper towel. If you want to reduce time, you can use a sharp knife to remove the stems.

  2. Method 2: Fill a large bowl with cold water and place a clean towel nearby. Add handful of mushrooms in water at a time, doing this in batches. Swirl the mushrooms around for a short soak--less than 10 seconds and immediately remove them to the towel nearby. Pat them dry and lay them mushroom cap up. Check each mushroom again for any visible dirt or specks of water. Use a very damp paper towel to remove any excess dirt and allow the mushrooms to dry thoroughly before cooking.

  3. Method 3: Place a colander in your kitchen sink and turn on cool running water. Place mushrooms in the colander, and use your hand to move water all over the mushrooms. Allow the mushrooms to dry thoroughly before using.