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Mushrooms are delicious, healthy – as in 1 cup of raw mushrooms contains 15 calories, 0 grams of fat, 2.2 grams of protein, 2.3 grams of carbs, and 0.7 grams of protein.

High in antioxidants and fiber, mushrooms are loaded with all sorts of vitamins (B vitamins, D vitamins, riboflavin, copper, selenium, magnesium, niacin – and more good stuff) and add both flavor and depth to most dishes – as long as you prepare them correctly.

How to clean mushrooms

Yes, you need to clean your raw mushrooms, but there are several schools of thought regarding rinsing off mushrooms with water versus wiping them clean. Some experts say the best way to clean raw mushrooms is to clean them off with a brush or a clean dish towel/damp paper towel – gently and thoroughly is the way to. Others say it all it depends on the type of mushroom and what conditions said mushrooms were grown in, washing is OK.

How to cook mushrooms

The simplest way to cook mushrooms, at least in my opinion, is in a pan and on the stovetop.
First, make sure your pan is heated at the right temp – medium to high heat – before sautéing your mushrooms in a bit of butter and some extra virgin olive oil – and a little of both goes a heck of a long way when it comes to sautéing. And whatever you do, DO NOT crowd the mushrooms in your pan. Seriously, don’t do it! Give those mushrooms room to sizzle and make sure to dust those bad boys with spices!

Lastly, hold off stirring for a few minutes until the mushrooms start to brown – then, by all means, turn them over!

There are some fantastic mushroom recipes on – expand your horizons – click HERE and give it a try!

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  • DonnaA
    4 months ago

    I love mushrooms. I particularly like them with steak. I pan sear and cook my steaks and toss the sliced mushrooms in the same pan. By the time my medium rare steak is done, so are the mushrooms!

  • Thomas A McAtee Jr. moderator
    5 months ago

    I love all kinds of ways that mushrooms are prepared. Even raw ones. 😉
    Great article.

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