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Mushrooms

Buying

Mushrooms are grown in Ireland all year-round. Try to purchase mushrooms that come in a perforated container as they benefit from a constant flow of air.

Storing

Store in a paper bag or their original container in the fridge. As for many vegetables, clean them immediately before preparation. To do this, you can gently brush or wipe them with a damp cloth or pass them quickly under water while rubbing them with your fingers.

Freezing

Mushrooms can be frozen either cooked or uncooked but advance cooking is recommended. Blanch for 2 minutes and then immediately immerse them in cold water to stop cooking. Drain, dry and freeze. Mushrooms are not very suitable for freezing because of their high moisture content.

Freezer life

up to 12 months cooked and up to 8 months uncooked.

Good to know!

Did you know that kits are available to grow mushrooms at home? Best of all they use used coffee grounds for fertilizer! For one option, check out the Irish social enterprise, Urban Oyster.

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