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acid believed to reduce the effects of the
enzyme aromatase, thus lessening the risks
posed by high estrogen levels. White and
cremini mushrooms have recently been
shown to surpass some of their more exotic
mushroom counterparts (e.g., shiitake and
maitake mushrooms) in terms of immune
system benefits. New health benefits are
being discovered all the time.
If you’re new to fresh mushrooms, here
are a few tips for selecting, preparing and storing them, as well as incorporating them into
your next dish.
Selection. Seek out firm mushrooms, and
don’t worry about minor blemishes, but pass
on any that are damp, soggy or withered.
They should have a pleasant, earthy scent. If
you are not going to use the mushrooms
immediately, buy whole mushrooms instead
Preparation. Trim just the very end of the
stems if they seem dry. Brush off remnants
of the growing material with a dry or damp
towel or soft brush, or gently rinse individual
mushrooms under running water, then pat
dry on a soft towel.
The nutritional benefits are the same
whether mushrooms are lightly cooked or
raw. If you prefer them cooked, quickly
sauté or sear them in olive oil or butter
(about 7 minutes) over medium-high to
high heat, to help their moisture evaporate,
and let them brown. Mushrooms are divine
when grilled, but it is best to put small ones
on a skewer. Because mushrooms contain a
high percentage of water they remain moist
under high, direct heat.
Storage. Store button mushrooms in a
place that allows as much cool air to circulate
around them as possible. Schroeder advises
storing them, unwashed, in a brown paper
bag, with the original packaging film, for up to
a week in the refrigerator. Mushrooms can be
frozen, but must be sautéed or steamed first,
then cooled. Pack them in freezer-safe containers, leaving a half inch of space for expansion. Use within one year, either thawing them
in the refrigerator or using directly in recipes.
So dice, slice, grill, sauté and savor these
fungi. With their fabulous flavor and outstanding health benefits, you can’t go wrong with
adding a ’shroom or two to your dishes. C
Irene Middleman Thomas writes about
travel, food and many other subjects. She
makes mushrooms part of every day’s diet
whenever possible—and loves going on
mushroom hikes with expert mycologists.
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