How to Cut Mushrooms

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A complete step by step guide that will show you how to cut mushrooms. The quickest way to cut through mushroom for those mushroom recipes.

How to Cut Mushrooms

Mushrooms must be the world’s easiest vegetables to cut. There are two simple ways to cut them that I think are necessary to learn and most common in many recipes. That would be quartered and sliced mushrooms.

Mushrooms are a delicious and healthy food. They have been eaten in different cultures for centuries and they have many uses. They are made into sauces, pastes, soups, or eaten as is. They are also used to flavor meats. They are good for you and they are easy to cook.

Before we get to it. Did you know that mushrooms are 92 % of water and 8 % matter? This means we should try by all means to retain that water.

These magnificent mushrooms are the edible flesh of a fungus that grows on the forest floor.  Most mushrooms are rich in nutrients and have strong antioxidants which have been linked to the prevention of cancer and heart disease.

How to Store Mushrooms

For centuries, man has been storing food. And mushrooms have always been a main source of food. The way we store food has changed and evolved over time. And so have the way we store mushrooms. Now we don’t just pluck mushrooms from the ground and eat them instantly. They are grown and then stored for weeks or even months.

The best way to store your mushrooms at home is to refrigerate them in an open paper bag or container. What we want to achieve by this is breathability to extend their shelf life for about two weeks.

The minute they become dry they release water and decrease the shelf life. Usually, mushrooms last up to 5-6 days in favorable conditions.

Preparing Mushrooms

Mushrooms are very versatile ingredients and can be used in a variety of recipes.  The preparation method, however, differs depending on the type of mushroom used.  While some can be used raw, some need to be cooked before eating.  It is important to use the right preparation method for the right type of mushroom.

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Before anything make sure you start by cleaning your mushrooms, they grow on the ground after all. Do NOT wash mushrooms, they are like sponges they absorb all the water and become soggy and difficult to cook to a crispy texture.

The way to go about making sure you have clean mushrooms is to pat them with a damp cloth. A lot of time you find dirt around the stems. Mushrooms grow on the ground after all. Mushrooms whip during cooking, they release all the water they store inside when sautéing or roasting. So in order to get that crispy texture and brown color I recommend patting rather than washing.

Knife Safety

No matter what you are cutting safety is more important. So the first step is to protect your non-cutting hand (your holding hand) by forming a bear claw. With your middle finger a little bit forward you will be able to guide the knife throughout cutting.

I know this will feel weird at first but its to protect your fingers.

Chef’s Knife or Paring Knife

Chef’s knife is the number 1 tool in the kitchen, paired with a pairing knife you have the best kitchen tools that will make you a better cook by saving you time.
In order to hold your knife properly, you need to grip the base with your index finger and your thumb firmly, wrap around the handle with the rest of your fingers and let the knife do its job with simple movements with your cutting hand.

What to make with quartered and sliced mushrooms

Mushrooms are underrated they add meatnes and rich flavor to every dish that’s privileged to have them. They are so versatile they get sautéed, stir fried, included in pastas or made into creamy soups. Here are some of mushroom recipes we have you can try out:

Ingredients you’ll need

In this how-to guide, I used two different mushrooms, White buttons, and Portabella mushrooms. But feel free to use any mushroom the skill is the same and most common edible mushrooms are shaped the same.

How to Cut Mushrooms

Equipment used

  • Chef’s Knife

  • Paring knife

  • Cutting board

  • Damp kitchen cloth

Video on how to cut mushrooms

Watch the quick video below to see how easy it is to cut mushrooms

Watch Video: How to cut and prepare mushrooms?

How to Cut Mushrooms step by step guide

For an average cook, you need to be able to cut vegetables to precision to ensure that your final product looks mouth-watering and perfect. I think only two cuts are necessary to learn and master when it comes to cutting mushrooms. That would be slicing which most recipes call for or quartered mushrooms.

Make sure your mushrooms are squeaky clean before proceeding to cutting, I covered how to clean them the right way in preparing mushroom section up the post.

Follow these steps to cut mushrooms like a pro!

Quartered Mushroom cuts

  1. Take the mushroom and flip it stem side up and grab the stem with your other hand. Move the stem in all directions or twist it until it snaps off the mushroom cap.
  2. Place the mushroom with the flat surface on the chopping board and using a chef’s knife or paring knife cut it into quarters.
How to Cut Mushrooms
How to Cut Mushrooms
How to Cut Mushrooms
How to Cut Mushrooms

I call this the 2 cut method. I normally use this method when roasting or sautéing mushrooms

Sliced Mushrooms cuts

  1. Take the mushroom and flip it stem side up and grab the stem with your other hand. Move the stem in all directions or twist it until it snaps off the mushroom cap.
  2. Place the mushroom with the flat surface on the chopping board.
  3. Hold the mushroom steadily with your other hand, forming a bear claw, and using your knuckles as a guide start slicing into desired slices.
How to Cut Mushrooms
How to Cut Mushrooms
How to Cut Mushrooms
How to Cut Mushrooms

If you are looking for those finely chopped mushrooms for stuffing and making vegetarian patties or mushroom soups, I suggest throwing them in a food processor you’ll get the best results quicker.

More similar how to guides

Cutting skills are really really important. Without these, you are bound to struggle in the kitchen. here are some of my basic tips and how to post:

FAQ and Tips about How to Cut Mushrooms.


How long do mushrooms last?

If store appropriately in the fridge they should last about 10 days, 6 days if they are sliced.

Do you need to cut the stems off mushrooms?

A lot of people wonder if they should cut the stems off of mushrooms before using them. While in some cases you should, there are also many times when you should leave the stems on. Here is a rule of thumb to cut the stems on or not: If you are sautéing the mushrooms, cut the stems off. If you are using the mushrooms in a raw state, leave the stems on. If you are sautéing the mushrooms, the stems will practically burn before the actual mushroom will melt, so it makes sense to cut the stems off.

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Should you wash mushrooms?

 
The problem is, mushrooms are pretty dirty.  Their porous structure means they can easily absorb dirt, pesticides, and even other fungi spores.  So should you wash mushrooms to get rid of the dirt and any potential contaminants? If you’re not sure if you should wash your mushrooms, it could be due to a couple of reasons such as that, they can easily become muddy and soggy if they’re washed.  A simple solution would be to wipe them with a dump kitchen cloth to remove any dirt or unwanted contaminants.

How to Cut Mushrooms

How to Cut Mushrooms

Yield: 3 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Learn the quickest way to cut through a mushroom for those recipes that call for mushrooms. A complete step by step guide that will show you how to cut mushrooms.

Ingredients

  • 4 White mushrooms, cleaned or
  • 4 Portabella mushrooms, cleaned

Instructions

Quartered Mushroom cuts

  1. Take the mushroom and flip it stem side up and grab the stem with your other hand. Move the stem in all directions or twist it until it snaps off the mushroom cap.
  2. Place the mushroom with the flat surface on the chopping board and using a chef's knife or paring knife cut it into quarters.

Sliced Mushrooms cuts

  1. Take the mushroom and flip it stem side up and grab the stem with your other hand. Move the stem in all directions or twist it until it snaps off the mushroom cap.
  2. Place the mushroom with the flat surface on the chopping board.
  3. Hold the mushroom steadily with your other hand, forming a bear claw, and using your knuckles as a guide start slicing into desired slices.

Notes

  • This is just a How-to guide any mushroom can be cut in a similar way.
  • If you are looking for those finely chopped mushrooms for stuffing and making vegetarian patties or mushroom soups, I suggest throwing them in a food processor you'll get the best results quicker.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 72Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 23mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 6gSugar 6gProtein 8g

Nutrient values are estimates only. Variations may occur due to product availability and food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, and freshness of ingredients.

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