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Mushrooms

Do you need to wash mushrooms before eating them?

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Gunnar Guggs
November 18, 2019 12:02AM
Yes, wash them. Commercially grown mushrooms are often grown in rich soil-like mixtures with plenty of manure. Also, do not eat mushrooms raw. Even common grocery store mushrooms contain compounds that may be toxic to some degree, but which can be made safer by cooking.
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Duneshka Roldan Garcia
November 21, 2019 3:01PM
No
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Brynn Carlton
November 21, 2019 6:33AM
For sure, home garden dirt may not be incredibly detrimental to health, but commercial farms use chemicals in sprays and in the soil that gets on the mushrooms that should not be consumed in more than trace amounts. Just as a general rule wash all produce.
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Wiki User
November 22, 2019 1:33AM
If they're whole than... yes.. The exposed flesh will absorb water like a sponge, so rinse mushrooms before slicing them. And be careful not to wash mushrooms until you are ready to cook them or they will turn slimy.
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F l e r v
November 20, 2019 10:13PM
Yes I think because feel like what if a animal peed on it or something disgusting touched it. You don't want anything like pee in your mouth do you?
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Hellllooo
November 18, 2019 1:29AM
Yes, you do without washing them you could get very sick.
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MacKenzie Rubinstein
November 20, 2019 9:40PM
i think you have too. there are germs and bacteria
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Janice Connelly
November 07, 2019 8:49PM

It depends. Cultivated mushrooms can be brushed off with a dry or damp cloth and be completely fine. Wild mushrooms, on the other hand, often require a more thorough cleaning, and generally should be washed. Either way, there’s no harm in rinsing them.

Mushrooms are very absorbent, so the long-held wisdom has been if you wash them, they'll soak up all that water and lose their flavor. However, several informal studies have disproven that, so rinsing your mushrooms is probably not going to ruin any recipes, especially if you rinse them before you cut them up and dry them in a salad spinner.

One scenario in which you’d want to avoid rinsing your mushrooms, though, is if you're serving them raw. The water can cause some discoloration—nothing to worry about, except that it’s not exactly pretty. Cook’s Illustrated recommends brushing them with a dry toothbrush.

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Addison Stone
November 21, 2019 2:39PM
heck yes, you should wash all your locally grown or out of state grown food.
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L C
November 21, 2019 2:07PM
yes there are germs on it and bacteria
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Kelly Tiel
November 21, 2019 11:38AM
Some mushrooms have to be cleaned thoroughly and some require only splash of water to clean them. Also the age old question is - shoud you take a skin off the muchrooms or not))
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Holistic Technologies
November 18, 2019 11:28AM
Obviously you should wash mushrooms before eating. If you dont wash thent there has been a chance that you get diseases....
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PENNY SANDERS SANDERS
November 17, 2019 7:08AM
Yes
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docter omar 31
November 18, 2019 2:30AM
yes you do need to wash them because it could be very dangerous especially when it has alot of germs
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Rawal Fertility
November 18, 2019 6:41AM
yes
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Rawal Fertility
November 18, 2019 6:43AM
yes
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markalanlandis
November 18, 2019 7:03AM
Only if you are a fun-guy!
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Agata Toporova
November 21, 2019 12:09AM
yeah, you should wash them, or you might get sick
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makayla sullivan
November 19, 2019 10:15PM
yes wash them
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joshua heree
November 21, 2019 3:26AM
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KAIRI WALLACE
November 20, 2019 11:01PM
Yes you should wash mushrooms before eating them because they are grown in a dark, humid barns. Some bugs can get in the barn and get bacteria on them by crawling all over them.
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PEDRO REYNA
November 20, 2019 11:38PM
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November 19, 2019 10:21PM
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lambertbob
November 20, 2019 3:39PM
I used to work in food places that did not wash them. They just patted them off with paper towels and used them for prep.
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Heath Dugan
November 20, 2019 9:47PM
No but only (I Repeat ONLY WITH GLOVES)
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PEDRO REYNA
November 20, 2019 11:33PM
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November 18, 2019 7:15PM
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