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Can You Freeze Mushrooms?

Last Updated on February 23, 2024 | 0 Comments
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Can you freeze mushrooms? This is a common question that may pop into your head when buying mushrooms, especially when you find a great deal that’s just too good to miss.

Given that mushrooms tend to be pricier than other vegetables, maximizing their use becomes essential. But rather than making thousands of dishes in the same week, there’s a better and more efficient option: Freezing them! 

You can freeze mushrooms without having to worry about their texture or flavor. How? Let’s dive in and explore how you can safely store in the freezer your recently bought mushrooms. 


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Can You Freeze Mushrooms?

Yes, you can freeze mushrooms. By freezing them, you can preserve their texture and flavor while extending their shelf life.

Similar to when you freeze cilantro and other fresh ingredients, with mushrooms it’s recommended to clean and prepare them (you can do this with different methods) before directly freezing them.

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How To Prepare and Freeze Mushrooms

Can you freeze cooked mushrooms? Can you freeze fresh mushrooms? For both questions, the answer is the same: Yes. 

While you can freeze fresh mushrooms directly from the store, it’s always recommended to cook them first. This will not only help preserve their flavor and prevent them from having a soggy texture, but it’s also good to preserve nutrients.

To prepare and later freeze mushrooms, you have two options: Sauté or steam them.

1. Sauteed Mushrooms

  1. To sauté mushrooms, start by cleaning them, wiping away any dirt with a damp cloth. Next you can slice them to your desired thickness. 
  2. Heat a pan over medium-high heat and add a small amount of oil or butter. Once hot, add the sliced mushrooms and sauté them. Stir occasionally to ensure even cooking. You can enhance their flavor with different spices, including salt and pepper, or other flavors you wish to add like garlic, thyme, rosemary, or others.
  3. Once the mushrooms have reached a golden brown color, allow them to cool completely. Once cooled, you can freeze them.
  4. To prevent the mushrooms from sticking together while freezing, you can lay the pieces on a tray lined with parchment paper. Place the tray in the freezer for a few hours, allowing the mushrooms to pre-freeze individually.
  5. When the mushrooms have been prepared for freezing, transfer them to airtight containers or freezer bags. Make sure to squeeze out excess air from the bags. 
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2. Steamed Mushrooms

  1. As in the previous process, you’ll start by cleaning the mushrooms to ensure they are free of dirt. Then slice them to your preferred size.
  2. Next, place a steamer basket over a pot of simmering water. Add the sliced mushrooms to the basket, ensuring they are in a single layer. Cover the pot and steam the mushrooms for a few minutes until they are tender but still retain a slight firmness.
  3. Season the steamed mushrooms with your favorite condiments while they are still warm.
  4. Before freezing, allow the steamed mushrooms to cool. Once cooled, transfer them into freezer bags or airtight containers, following the freezing steps mentioned earlier. 
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How To Thaw and Use Frozen Mushrooms

Now that you know you can freeze cooked mushrooms and fresh mushrooms, the next question is: How can you properly thaw them?

If you want to make a recipe with your frozen mushrooms, the first step you need to follow is to remove the desired quantity of frozen mushrooms from the freezer and place them in a bowl. Allow them to thaw in the refrigerator overnight to preserve the right texture. However, if you’re short on time you can also use the defrost function on your microwave.

Once thawed, pat them dry with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture. 

When it comes to cooking thawed (or frozen) mushrooms, you have plenty of options. Here are some of the most common:

  • In stir-fries and sauteed dishes: Sautéing is a common method for cooking thawed mushrooms. Start by heating a pan with a bit of oil or butter, then add the mushrooms and cook until they achieve a golden-brown color. Season with salt, pepper and your favorite herbs for added flavor. 

  • In soups and stews: Add frozen mushrooms directly to soups or stews without thawing. The cooking process will naturally thaw and infuse the mushrooms with the flavors of the dish. 

  • In casseroles and baked dishes: Mix your thawed mushrooms into your casserole ingredients before baking, ensuring they distribute evenly. This method allows the mushrooms to absorb the flavors of the dish while maintaining their moisture.

  • In sauces and gravies: Thawed mushrooms are perfect for sauces and gravies. Add them to your pan along with other ingredients, letting them simmer and infuse their rich flavor into the sauce.

After thawing your frozen mushrooms, use them in soups and stews
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The question “Can you freeze mushrooms?” leads to a common debate in the culinary community, as some might say freezing affects the flavor or texture. However, by following the proper freezing and defrosting process, you can make delicious dishes without compromising any of their natural characteristics. Ready to make the most out of your mushrooms? Give it a try!

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