How to Freeze and Store Mushrooms

I love mushrooms. In fact, there are very few dinners that I cook that don’t involve mushrooms in some capacity. However, I have never loved how short-lived a mushroom’s life is once it is stored in my refrigerator. Luckily, I found some great mushroom storage tips from Frugal Living. Whether you want to make your mushrooms last for as long as possible in your fridge or you want to stock up on mushrooms on sale and hold them in your freezer, Frugal Living can help. Take a look:

Storing Mushrooms in the Fridge

Using this method, your mushrooms should easily keep for a week or so:

Place whole, unwashed mushrooms in a brown paper bag, and fold the top of the bag over. Then, stick the bag in the main compartment of your refrigerator. […]The bag absorbs excess moisture from the mushrooms, so they don’t get soggy or moldy.

The Freezer Method

  1. Clean and Prep: wash mushrooms in cold water and trim off the ends of the stems. If your mushrooms are over 1-inch across, slice or quarter them.
  2. Cook: mushrooms need to be cooked before they can be frozen. You can either saute them or steam them.
  3. Freeze: cool mushrooms completely, then pack them into freezer-safe containers. Be sure to leave a 1/2 inch of headspace for expansion before freezing.
  4. Using Frozen Mushrooms: just put frozen pieces of mushroom directly into recipes that will be heated. You could also thaw mushrooms in the fridge before using.

For more fresh storage tips and freezer tips, check out Frugal Living’s How to Freeze Mushrooms and How to Store Mushrooms.