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Who peels mushrooms?

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grannysue05 Mon 24-Jul-17 12:13:57

Just finished preparing sausage casserole for grandchildren's tea tonight.
I wiped the mushrooms, sliced them and added them to the dish.
But I have a friend who PEELS them before she uses them. Says they are dirty otherwise.
What does everyone do?

Teetime Mon 24-Jul-17 12:15:41

No you should peel them just wipe over with dampened kitchen paper they haven't been grown in earth only compost which wipes off and a speck or two wont hurt you.

hildajenniJ Mon 24-Jul-17 12:16:18

I just wipe off the compost and cook them. I can't see why you would want to peel them. How fiddly!

whitewave Mon 24-Jul-17 12:16:56

No they are usually grown in a sterile medium so no need to peel. Now if they are field mushrooms with plenty of cow dung falling on them at frequent intervals, perhaps that is a bit fifferent, but I would even then only peel if they were a bit ancient.

kittylester Mon 24-Jul-17 12:18:23

I peel the big flat ones but none of the others. And life is far too short to stuff them.

kittylester Mon 24-Jul-17 12:19:26

Meant to say that I wash them in a colander under running water and then leave to drain or dry on kitchen roll

rosesarered Mon 24-Jul-17 12:22:32

kitty I was going to say the same, plus it's fun to peel the very large ones.

Eloethan Mon 24-Jul-17 12:33:14

I know it's said you shouldn't peel them but I do.

PoshGran Mon 24-Jul-17 12:56:53

I don't peel if cooking them.
OH likes them raw in (his) salad & "mumps" if they are starting to get to the sweaty stage - I chop & freeze when he's finished! grin

Ana Mon 24-Jul-17 13:00:07

"mumps"? confused

oldgoat Mon 24-Jul-17 13:12:23

When we were children the only mushrooms we ate were wild ones which we gathered under Mum's strict supervision. She always peeled them and discarded the stems which were often riddled with maggoty wild life.
Even after she started to buy cultivated mushrooms Mum still threw away the stems and I never fancy them either.
I think washing cultivated mushrooms is unnecessary; it makes them absorb water which spoils the texture.

tanith Mon 24-Jul-17 13:17:21

I do peel the big flat ones but I've always understood washing is a Nono the just absorb the water and soggy.

whitewave Mon 24-Jul-17 13:17:48

The correct thing is never to wash mushrooms. They should only be wiped.

PoshGran Mon 24-Jul-17 13:22:04

mumps = mumbles grumpily

kittylester Mon 24-Jul-17 13:35:09

I read research that said that the amount of water absorbed when washing is negligible on smaller mushrooms. I don't have time to wipe mushrooms and sometimes I even buy sliced ones shock

2 daughters buy them frozen to use in casseroles etc.

M0nica Mon 24-Jul-17 14:08:09

Life is too short to peel a mushroom.

Teetime Mon 24-Jul-17 14:11:02

I have used the dried ones for casseroles and it does make a very rich gravy.

Charleygirl Mon 24-Jul-17 14:29:53

Only if I think it really necessary, maybe if some of the skin has been bruised.

ninathenana Mon 24-Jul-17 14:38:54

I've never peeled a mushroom but I have a friend who always does.
I wasn't aware of the advice to only wipe them. I do as kitty says and wash in a colander. In future it will be a quick wipe.

BlueBelle Mon 24-Jul-17 14:41:53

I always peel it takes all of two seconds no idea if they ve had chemicals or preservatives near them or not

Auntieflo Mon 24-Jul-17 14:56:14

Did any of you have Mum's who could buy mushroom stalks, way back in the day, when presumably mushrooms were more expensive?

Day6 Mon 24-Jul-17 15:26:47

I am am mushroom wiper. Love them. I add them to as many dishes as possible.

Baggs Mon 24-Jul-17 15:31:50

MrB is a peeler. I'm a blower—just blow any flecks off, and if they don't come off before cooking, they come off during, or while I'm choppoing them. Fried or in stews/soups they are in hot enough temperatures for long enough to kill any unwanted germs.

I used to have a mushroom brush.

rosesarered Mon 24-Jul-17 15:35:10

Did you indeed, Mrs Baggs! grin

hulahoop Mon 24-Jul-17 15:45:10

I'm a peeler hate the things myself but hubby likes them.,mother always peeled them as well