Mushroom which is also known as “Toadstool” is neither a fruit or vegetable, even mushrooms are also not plants. It is a fleshy spore-burning fruiting body of a fungus that is basically produced on soil, above ground or it’s food source. Most of the people in this world like to eat mushrooms, because mushrooms are a great addition to a healthy diet. I always put mushrooms whenever I cook meat or prepare a salad. But if you are not using fresh mushrooms on your meal it can cause health disease.
Sometimes we open our fridge to add mushrooms on the meal we are going to make. But we wondered if it is still good or it went bad. It happened to me so many times. This is why we need to find out how long do the mushrooms last.
So here I will share with you how long do mushrooms last and how to keep it stored properly.
Raw mushrooms can last for 10 days in the fridge but proper storage is a must. If you are not storing mushrooms in a proper way it can go off. Sliced Mushrooms can last up to 7 days and cooked mushrooms can last up to 10 days in the fridge.
How To Identify Mushrooms Have Gone Bad
If your mushrooms fell slimy and sticky you can definitely say that those mushrooms have gone bad and you will never like to eat this kind of mushrooms. If your mushrooms look discolored, bruised or if it has a brown spot in means your mushrooms are have gone bad. The best way to determine rotten mushrooms is by smelling them. If it smells sour or a bit like ammonia that means those mushrooms are spoiled mushrooms. Besides if mushrooms are looking shriveled that means it has definitely dehydrated and may not be tasty.
Take a suggestion. Always make a note of the conditions of mushroom whenever you buy your mushrooms fresh from the store. This way you can keep a visual gauge on the discoloration of the mushrooms when they age in your fridge. If you have white mushrooms remember that they should nearly blemish-free. The white caps should be well-rounded and there should no brown on the end of the stems. On the other hand, if you got Portabellas, they should be uniformed brown color without blemishes and no slimy-looking stems. And It is preferable with a tight cap.
How To Clean Mushrooms
After buying Mushrooms from the grocery pour them in a bowl and run them into cold freshwater. Now swish them around and you can notice dirt sinking at the bottom. After some good swishes transfer them into a cotton kitchen towel. After drying them gently they are prepared to be used.
If your mushrooms need an extra bit of washing then I would suggest you to use a mushroom brush because it has soft enough bristles which help to clean mushrooms without any bruising. During cleaning mushrooms, you may get worried about absorbing too much water. Well, mushrooms are made of 90 % of water so you do not need to worry about it. So, you do not need to worry about giving them a good soaking. But during washing them you have to remember that mushrooms are fragile and disintegrate easily.
How Long You Can Keep Fresh Mushrooms In The Fridge
Generally, raw mushrooms are last from 7 to 10 days in the fridge. That is why after buying them from the grocery you have to put them in the fridge as soon as possible. The FDA recommends that you should put your mushrooms on the fridge within two hours of purchase from the grocery store.
Best Way To Store Fresh Mushrooms
Before storing fresh mushrooms you have to make sure that they are not fully wrapped in plastic. Because they need some air to breathe and something that will absorb excess moisture. That is why I would highly suggest you to transfer your mushrooms on a small paper bag with the bag open, and then freeze it. The paper bag will help to absorb excess moisture and the top will allow to flow some air.
How Long Do Sliced Mushrooms Last
Usually sliced mushrooms last between 7 to 10 days in the fridge. Sliced mushrooms can not last longer than a whole mushroom because after slicing the mushrooms they do not have more exposed areas and they are not more prone to moisture as the whole mushrooms. That is why I would suggest you use sliced mushrooms as soon as possible and not to purchase sliced mushrooms from the grocery stores because if you do not use them within 24 hours it will be a waste of your money.
How Long Do Cooked Mushrooms Last
Cooked mushrooms are able to last up to 24 hours in the fridge. Transfer those cooked mushrooms in the fridge as soon as possible. Leftover cooked mushrooms can cause pain in your stomach. If you have cooked mushrooms and you are not able to consume them within 24 hours you should place them into the fridge so that they can last long.
Benefits Of Eating Mushrooms
Mushrooms are very healthy food. You can easily add mushrooms on your diet food because they are fat-free, low in sodium, and cholesterol-free. You will also get vitamins, minerals, and fiber on it. Mushrooms contain vitamin B as well as a powerful antioxidant called selenium, which actually helps to support the immune system in our body and prevent damage to cell and tissue.
What Happen If We Eat Old Mushrooms
Old mushrooms are can turn into poisonous mushrooms and you will not like to take poison in your body that is why you should not use old mushrooms during cooking. Poisonous mushrooms contain toxins that can cause hallucinations, poisonous mushrooms can also cause gastrointestinal illnesses such as, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. As the poisonous mushrooms contain toxins it can also attack in your liver and kidney and death can occur within 48 hours.
So these are my tips on how to last mushrooms long, I hope these tips and tricks will help you if you want to last your mushrooms long to make your delicious meals.
Happy Cooking !!!!!
Bonnie Zepeda is an food and kitchen specialist. She likes to like to write on various kinds of foods, kitchen items, kitchen tips etc besides working as a Culinary Specialist.