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How to Tell if Mushrooms are Still Good to Eat

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How to Tell if Mushrooms are Still Good to Eat

Mushrooms are delicious to accompany meats, to make fabulous sauces or mixed with rice; however, if these are fresh purchases they may go off just a few days after they have been acquired. Eating mushrooms which have gone off can cause gastrointestinal pains and in more severe cases it can even cause food poisoning, so it is essential to learn how to identify whether the mushrooms are still good to eat.

In OneHowTo we will give you a number of tricks for you to learn how to tell if the mushrooms have gone bad so that your meals are healthy and delicious.

You may also be interested in: How to Preserve Mushrooms
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If you want to know how to tell if the mushrooms have gone bad the first thing is to observe the fungus in search of stains: If you see the mushroom has some areas with darker shades it means that this mushroom cannot be consumed as it is no longer in good condition.

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Another way to know whether the mushrooms have gone bad are their smell: If you perceive that their smell is sour, similar to the smell of ammonia, this means that they are rotten and unfit to eat. The mushrooms should release an earthy smell, a natural and fresh scent; otherwise avoid eating them.

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Mushrooms in poor state can also be detected by observing that they have dried or that they have wrinkled considerably since purchasing them. If you are not entirely sure if they are drier, look at the body of the mushroom and search for folds: if there are wrinkles it means that they are in disrepair.

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You can also establish whether mushrooms have gone off by looking at the bottom of the cap, that is, in the mushroom gills. If you see that this area is darkened it means that the rotting process has begun, therefore throw them in the bin.

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Another sign that will show you if mushrooms have gone bad is if you look at the top of the fungus, i.e. on the cap, you see that it has formed a soft and viscous textured layer. When mushrooms rot, the upper part of this is covered with a viscous layer and this is a clear sign that it is going off.

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At OneHowTo we give you advice you so you know how to keep mushrooms fresh: you should not keep them in the vegetable drawer of the fridge. Why? Because these are designed to conserve vegetable moisture, something that is not good for mushrooms. If you want your mushrooms to last longer a good idea is to preserve them, there are plenty of techniques you can try at home.

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