How to Prepare Mushrooms for Freezing

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Knowing how to freeze mushrooms so they taste fresh when thawed and look as good as when you purchased them is not as easy as simply putting them in a bag and storing them in your freezer. Taking the time to prepare your mushrooms will help you enjoy frozen mushrooms anytime, without feeling like you are eating over-ripe vegetables that have lost their flavor.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Pot of boiling water
  • Pot of ice cold water
  • Strainer
  • Plastic containers
  • Citric acid or lemon juice
  • Choose mushrooms that are as fresh as possible. If you have picked your own mushrooms, be ready to freeze them within 12 hours of harvesting. Fresher mushrooms ensure better results.

  • Wipe the mushrooms with a clean damp paper towel. Do not wash the mushrooms with water.

  • Slice the larger mushrooms, but leave smaller ones whole.

  • Blanch the mushrooms by filling a large pot with water and bringing it to a boil. Immerse the prepared mushrooms for 5 minutes if whole, 3 minutes if sliced.

  • Drain the mushrooms and then transfer into ice-cold water. Leave the mushrooms in the water for 1 minute, then drain and dry them.

  • Allow mushrooms to cool at room temperature before putting into plastic containers made for freezing. Plastic bags are not thick enough to preserve the mushrooms well.

  • Add 1/4 teaspoon citric acid or 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice per 8 ounces of mushrooms to keep them from turning dark.

Tips & Warnings

  • Mushroom can be kept up to three months in the freezer.
  • Don't throw uncooked mushrooms in your freezer. They will rot and become inedible.

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