How to Store Shitake Mushrooms

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Things You'll Need

  • Shitake mushrooms (fresh or dried)

  • Paper bag

  • Refrigerator

  • Airtight container

  • Label

  • Marker or pen

Shitake mushrooms are a type of fungus that has become more common in grocery stores recently. When you purchase any type of mushrooms, it is important that you store them properly in order to get the most usage out of them. This is especially important with more exotic mushrooms such as shitake since they are often more expensive. Here is how to save your mushrooms and save your money.

Fresh Shitakes

Step 1

Pick through fresh mushrooms to discard slimy or wrinkled shitakes.

Step 2

Place dry shitakes in a paper bag. Gently fold the top over but do not seal the bag.

Step 3

Write the date of purchase for the fresh shitakes on a label and place the label onto the outside of the paper bag.

Step 4

Store the mushrooms in the paper bag for 5 to 7 days in the refrigerator.

Dried Shitakes

Step 1

Place dried shitakes into an airtight container.

Step 2

Write the date that you packed your dried shitake mushrooms into the airtight container on a label and attach it to the outside.

Step 3

Place the container into the freezer. The mushrooms will keep in the freezer for 6 to 12 months.


Do not wash mushrooms before storing them.