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So, I was just washing the closed cup mushrooms....

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Klaw Tue 15-Jul-08 18:37:38

... when I thought about how I don't like the stalks and can't bring myself to use them.

I always pop them out and just use the cups. I'm not very adventurous with mushrooms anyway.

Am I a freak?

And discuss....

scanner Tue 15-Jul-08 18:38:44

yep, I never wash mine, only peel my father who is a chef taught me that, about the only thing he did teach me though.

Pruners Tue 15-Jul-08 18:40:02

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objectivity Tue 15-Jul-08 18:40:41

I dunno about freak exactlygrin... but I do like them complete with stalks and mud.

Not with wild mushrooms though - they can be a bit, um, maggoty.

MaureenMLove Tue 15-Jul-08 18:40:55

I eat the whole thing personally, but I don't think it makes you a freak particularly.

Agree with scanner though, never wash mushrooms. They take up all the water and ruin the flavour. You should just wipe off any dirt with a bit of kitchen roll.

OverMyDeadBody Tue 15-Jul-08 18:43:11

Technically you are meant to rub the mushrooms with a cloth, or peel them, not wash them, although they don't really even need this as they are grown in such sterile environments, so I'd label you a freak for that alone!grin (only joking of course)

Seems crazy to waste the stalks though, you paid for that you know and that's about half the weight of each mushroom!

CapnTaLcY Tue 15-Jul-08 18:43:23

I can't peel mine...they end up all...
in bits

I do wash in case of crawlies tucked inside

The stalks are nice, what's wrong with the stalks?grin

OverMyDeadBody Tue 15-Jul-08 18:45:29

Capn you're not trying to peel them with a peeler are you?

Not likely to be any bugs or creepy crawlies in bog standard supermarket mushrooms, they are growm indoors with little risk of any bugs. Water ruins mushrooms.

Ladytophamhatt Tue 15-Jul-08 18:45:30

I just flick the mud off with teh knife I'm about to chop them with.

Isn't the soil the mushrooms grow in streile or something?
I read that on here once I think.

No idea how you get sterile mud though.....

MaureenMLove Tue 15-Jul-08 18:46:18

Good point OMDB! Think how many more meals you could get out of a punnet of shrooms, if you didn't throw half of it away! In these uncertain times, I think its time to wake up and taste the stalks!grin

OverMyDeadBody Tue 15-Jul-08 18:48:15

Yes Lady, sterile growing stuff. It's not really mud as we know it...

CapnTaLcY Tue 15-Jul-08 18:48:19

Lol.. i may be a useful fool in the kitchen...but i'm not that uselessgrin

Closed cup shrooms go all 'snappy' when i peel them...then there's the bits under my fingernails......and there could be crawlies migrating from the caulis?

Ladytophamhatt Tue 15-Jul-08 18:48:38

When I put mushroom in bolognese I use buttons ones, chopping them but then leave one whole.

Its like hunting the h'penny in the christmas pudgrin

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OverMyDeadBody Tue 15-Jul-08 18:52:01

lol at crawlies migrating from the caulis! Yes, I suppose that is a possibility!grin

The medium they are grown in is indeed either sterilised or pasteurised, I just looked it up!

RubberDuck Tue 15-Jul-08 18:54:46

Heh, I was always taught in home ec NOT to peel them as you lose the goodness in the skin, or something. I remember one girl being humiliated for peeling her shrooms and remember her sobbing "b.b.but that's what my m.m.mother always does".

So which is right?

RubberDuck Tue 15-Jul-08 18:55:22

(oh, and always use the stalks)

itati Tue 15-Jul-08 18:57:26

Don't wash mushrooms!
Makes them yukky. Get this

RubberDuck Tue 15-Jul-08 18:59:10

Ah ha ... according to this:

"Never peel cultivated mushrooms or remove their stalks. The whole mushroom is edible and the skin contains nutrients and flavour. The mushroom is a single structure which is damaged if the stalk is pulled out. If you like stuffed mushrooms, trim the stalk back slightly, then mould the stuffing around the stalk, using it as a firm support."

So there you go, don't peel, don't remove the stalk. YOU'RE DAMAGING THE POOR LITTLE THINGS YOU MUSHROOM MURDERER!

itati Tue 15-Jul-08 19:00:46

I chop off a bit of the end of the stalk and leave whole.

OverMyDeadBody Tue 15-Jul-08 19:03:16

I knew it!

Lol at mushroom murderer grin

wheresthehamster Tue 15-Jul-08 19:09:29

Ooooooooh! I love the stalks!

Favourite late night snack - fried mushrooms on toast. I eat all the caps first and leave the stalks to savour with the soggy toast. Heaven!

Klaw Tue 15-Jul-08 19:14:32

shock at so many posts already!! grin

well, the first step to recovery is to admit...

right, will try to leave the stalks and to just rinse rather than wash.

I s'pose I wash and take off any skin that comes away cos I'm so wary of pesticides. Do they not use pesticides in mushroom farming?

Klaw Tue 15-Jul-08 19:18:56

oh feck, a quick google found this. So if I've not to wash mushrooms I'll have to buy organic. I try to buy as much orgnic as I can but in this day and age of rising costs I have to look after the purse strings too....

oh what's a girl to do?!!!

oggsfrog Tue 15-Jul-08 19:20:21

Noooo don't rinse either. Just brush of any bits with your fingers or a brush (dry)

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