How to Store Mushrooms
Forget fresh, Keep Mushrooms Alive.
Chanterelles, Oysters, Creminis, oh my! The varieties, flavors and health benefits of these fun guys are endless.
Spongy mushrooms have lost their will to live and often end up in the compost. When we toss them, we also toss all of the energy and resources put into growing, harvesting and transporting them.
Our expectations of a mushroom’s shelf life has been influenced by the prevalence of airtight plastic wrap and the classic brown paper bag method. Trust us when we tell you that the lifespan of mushrooms can extend far beyond a few days when kept in a protective, breathable, and opaque environment.
Good news! That perfect environment exists—it’s Abeego beeswax food wrap! Abeego makes it possible (and shockingly easy) to keep mushrooms vibrant and plump for what feels like forever so they end up in our bellies rather than the compost.
Dig in with us as we explore the best way to store mushrooms with Abeego.
HOW TO STORE MUSHROOMS | ABEEGO VS. PAPER BAG
In our experiments, we tested white button mushrooms and portobello mushrooms. We stored some in Abeego and some in a brown paper bag, all on the upper shelf of the fridge. The difference in results was astounding!
After 7 days, the paper-bagged white button mushrooms had retained 72% of their moisture and felt spongy. The Abeego-wrapped mushrooms were still firm and had retained 96% of their moisture. That’s over 8X more moisture than the mushrooms in the paper bag!
After 6 days, the paper-bagged portobello mushrooms had retained 82% of their moisture. The gills also felt dry and hard to the touch. The Abeego-wrapped portobellos had gills that felt soft & velvety and they had retained 97% of their moisture. That’s over 6X more moisture than the mushrooms in the paper bag!
Abeego acts as a second skin for mushrooms, shielding them from air, light & moisture, while also letting off-gas escape, creating the perfect environment to extend their lifespan.
Win at Home
Grab your Large or Giant Abeego food wrap and fold into a pouch to keep bulk mushrooms together or toss your favorite mushroom variety in a bowl and cover with a Medium Abeego. Place in the crisper drawer or on a main shelf in the fridge and enjoy fresh mushrooms for what feels like forever.
Say goodbye to the shrivelled & squishy, and say hello to delicious & nutritious mushrooms with Abeego. Keeping mushrooms fresh really is as simple as that!
PAPER BAGS ARE NOT THE ANSWER. AND NEITHER IS PLASTIC.
Oftentimes, the original packaging of mushrooms at the grocery store or farmer’s market is a plastic airtight container covered in… more airtight plastic. Blech!
Because mushrooms have high water content (they absorb H20 like sponges!), airtight plastic wrap does nothing but suffocate them, trap excess moisture, and contribute to slime and spoilage.
When shopping, reach for the display of loose mushrooms and toss them into a reusable bag (or a paper bag if nothing else), then snuggle them up in Abeego once home.
OUR FAVORITE MUSHROOM RECIPES
Sautéed morel mushrooms topped on a stir-fry or a portobello grilled and enjoyed as a plant-based burger patty, the multi talented mushroom is ever-adaptable.
A frittata, egg scramble or hash are some of the most versatile dishes when it comes to using up ingredients you have on hand to stop your compost from piling high. Our favorite as of late is Mash & Spread’s Shredded Potato Hash with Spinach, Sausage & Egg. Add your Creminis, Shiitakes or Chanterelles and devour them in this flavorful dish.
Another recipe allowing for mushroom creativity is Food Waste Feast’s Endlessly Customizable Fried Rice (hot tip: you can dig into this one without mushrooms, too!).
And of course, what is pizza without mushrooms? Our Three Ingredient Pizzas outline our favorite flavor guidelines for building your own za with the earthy palate-awakening flavor of these fungi (try oyster mushrooms on your next pie, you won’t regret it).
DRIED & SAVED
Foraged heaps of wild mushrooms and don't have enough Abeego? Turn to your oven or a dehydrator to make dried mushrooms and use for a stock later on!
SHOP ABEEGO & KEEP MUSHROOMS ALIVE
It is with deep respect and gratitude that we create, build and operate our business in the communities of Southern Vancouver Island, which as a business we acknowledge is located within the ancestral and unceded territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen) (Esquimalt and Songhees), Malahat, Pacheedaht, Scia'new, T’Sou-ke and W̱SÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) peoples.