Mushrooms, in case anyone didn’t know it can be frozen. Freezing them raw will cause them to become quite soft and very watery when thawed. This change in texture will also change the way your recipes turn out too.
In order to freeze mushrooms so they remain firmer than frozen raw mushrooms they must either be steamed or sautéed before stored in the freezer. If you’re not sure how to prepare follow along to find out just how to prepare them.
You can steam mushrooms whole, sliced or quartered. The length of time differs depending upon how and if they are to be cut or not. All that is needed are 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice set to boil. Then turn off the heat and add the mushrooms.
Whole mushrooms – 5 minutes
Button mushrooms – 3 ½ minutes
Quartered mushrooms – 3 ½ minutes
Sliced mushrooms – 3 minutes
To sauté mushrooms you’ll need a frying pan with a little oil or butter. Salt, pepper, garlic and other herbs can also be added to save time flavoring them later on when they are needed. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally until the mushrooms begin to soften and all the moisture evaporates.
Once the method chosen is completed, let the mushrooms cool completely. Place them in an air-tight container or food storage bad. Label each package with what’s inside and the date they went into the freezer.
Frozen mushrooms prepared these ways will only alter them slightly. They will have a little softness to them compared to fresh raw mushrooms but will still be quite firm when thawed.
Frozen mushrooms can be added to recipes without having to wait for them to thaw.
Mushrooms can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months.
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