Peel them? Why the fuck would you do that anon? And washing mushrooms is like pouring a cup of water in whatever you are cooking - they are like sponges. Buy a mushroom brush or wipe them with kitchen towel to get rid of dirt, done.
>>7277728 >And washing mushrooms is like pouring a cup of water in whatever you are cooking - they are like sponges. >She says they get soggy if washed
This is a bullshit wives tale. Mushrooms are essentially already full of water and don't have any room for any more. There was a thing Alton Brown did disproving this myth, and anyone that has actual washed mushrooms (since it's a whole lot easy than wiping them) knows it doesn't make a difference. Yet the myth persists upon wannabe "foodies".
>>7277752 >they are like sponges this is true they soak up water you dont need in your recipe >Mushrooms are essentially already full of water and don't have any room for any more really? i dont recall my cutting board getting soaked in juice like it does when i cut lemons or oranges >There was a thing Alton Brown did disproving this myth yes lets believe a tv actor who doesnt know anything unless its written in his script
maybe you should actually try cooking with fresh mushrooms both washed and unwashed and let us know your results
Julia Child quickly rinsed her mushrooms. I think it's ok. You just dry the water off the surface with a towel before the water soaks in. They do absorb water if they're wet for a while. And yet, sometimes there is dirt on them. Wiping each mushroom by hand is slow, and still not as effective as a quick rinse. Peeling mushrooms is ridiculous. It would be the slowest, most wasteful, and unnecessary thing of all. The habit probably arose from people using rotting mushrooms and trying to cut off the bad parts.
Just weight your fucking mushrooms, then rinse them, pat them dry with paper towels and weigh them again. Having done this I can report that they absorb a negligible amount moisture. And even if they absorbed 50% of their weight, all it means is that you have to fry them for like a minute longer, which is still much preferable to eating mushrooms with bits of dirt or sand still on them. They're already like 90% water by weight anyway which will evaporate right away in a hot skillet.
I think the only reason the myth of not washing your mushrooms got started in the first place was due to the fact that if you wash your mushrooms after you've picked then, they tend to go bad very quickly. There's no problem with washing them right before cooking. For example carrots also last longer when stored unwashed, yet somehow there aren't a lot of people eating dirty carrots, refusing to wash the dirt off of them. The myth is perpetuated by people who lack any real culinary knowledge and have the need to appear knowledgeable anyway, so they parrot misinformation like don't wash your mushrooms, only flip your steak once or add oil to the pasta water. None of it has any basis in reality.
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