Receiving Information: Mushrooms should have a fresh, well-shaped appearance, firm texture, and be free of spots. Size does not affect quality. Avoid mushrooms that show signs of deterioration, mold or that appear slimy. Storage/Handling: Store mushrooms in original containers. Keep mushrooms away from strong-odored foods. Handle with care to avoid bruising. Dark-spotting, slimy texture are indications of improper storage conditions. Do not sprinkle with water. Fresh mushrooms may exhibit dehydration or general deterioration if they are stored in an area with low humidity. Temperature/humidity recommendation for short term storage of 7 days or less: - 36 to 38 degrees F. - Humidity 90_ 98%
OysterÍs name refers to the broad oyster shaped caps. Used in soups, stir frys and saut_s, these mushrooms lend a mild woodsy flavor to dishes. The taste of all oyster mushrooms is fairly mild compared to many of the wild species and the shiitake. It is a versatile mushroom and can be used in a variety of dishes, such as stir-fries. The stem is usually edible, if a little firmer than the cap. Good partners for mushrooms include butter, sour cream, cream, olive oil, dark sesame oil, garlic, parsley, lemon, rosemary, tarragon, cumin, paprika, pine nuts, wine, sherry, Madeira, onions, potatoes, leeks, barley and rice.