Here is the most comprehensive guide on how to freeze and store mushrooms.
I have found these methods and tips to work splendidly well.
So, let’s get right into it.
- Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Mushrooms?
- How to Freeze Mushrooms?
- Freezing Mushrooms after Sautéing Them
- Freezing Mushrooms without Blanching or Cooking
- How Long Can You Freeze Mushrooms?
- How to Store Frozen Mushrooms?
- How to Defrost Mushrooms?
- Can You Refreeze Mushrooms?
- Do Mushrooms Freeze Well?
- Bottom Line
- Boiling Water
- Baking Sheet
- Parchment Paper
- Ziploc Bag or Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container
- Wash the Mushrooms: Thoroughly wash the mushrooms to get rid of any dirt or worms. You can wash it in a solution of one part vinegar and 3 parts water to clean it well.
- Prep: If you prefer, you can cut or dice the mushrooms before you steam them. You could also leave it in whole. It depends on how you plan to use them later on.
- Steam/Blanch: Put the mushrooms on a steamer over a pot of boiling water and set the timer for 3 minutes.
- Cool and LayOut: Once the mushrooms have been blanched, let it cool down to room temperature, and then lay it out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure that the pieces don't touch each other.
- Flash Freeze: Leave the tray of mushrooms in the freezer for a couple of hours to freeze solid.
- Pack and Seal: Transfer the mushrooms into a Ziploc bag or a freezer-safe air-tight container and seal them in.
Make sure that all excess air has been squeezed out if you are sealing them in a Ziploc bag.
- Label and Freeze: Add a label on the bag with the best before date, and you are all set to freeze the mushrooms.
Check out this video by “Cape Breton princess” on YouTube to see how it is done -
Freezing Mushrooms after Sautéing Them
You could also sauté them slightly and flash freeze them, before freezing them for a longer-term.
Wash and Prep
Wash the mushrooms. You can use a vinegar-water solution of 1:3ratio to clean it thoroughly. Then based on how you plan to use the mushrooms, cut or leave the mushrooms as a whole.
Add some olive oil or butter into a pan and sauté the mushrooms till they brown slightly. It needn’t be cooked through and through, just lightly browned.
Cool and Lay Out
Let the sautéed mushrooms cool down to room temperature. Then lay them out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and make sure that they don’t touch each other.
Leave the tray of mushrooms in the freezer for a couple of hours and let them freeze solid.
Pack and Seal
Transfer the frozen mushrooms into a Ziploc bag or freezer-safe air-tight container and seal them in. If you are using a Ziploc bag, try and squeeze out all the air before sealing. You can use a straw to make this step easier.
Label and Freeze
On the bag or container, write down the best before date, and you are ready to freeze the mushrooms.
Here is an awesome tutorial by “Jerry James Stone” on YouTube to help you out –
Freezing Mushrooms without Blanching or Cooking
Wash and Prep
Wash the mushrooms and then cut them up if you prefer to use them that way later on. You could also leave it whole.
Line the mushrooms on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Try not to clump them together as they will freeze into a big lump that would be hard to separate.
Leave the tray in the freezer for a couple of hours and let the mushrooms freeze solid.
Pack and Seal
Transfer the frozen mushrooms into a freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag and seal them in.
Label and Freeze
Add a label on the bag with the best before date, and you are good to go.
Here is a simple tutorial by “FIXED IT” on YouTube –
How Long Can You Freeze Mushrooms?
You can freeze mushrooms for 9 to 12 months. But keep in mind that if you haven’t blanched or sauteed them beforehand, they can go brown or mushy in the freezer, although it is perfectly safe to eat them.
Even though you can freeze mushrooms for a long time, it is best advised to consume them sooner, rather than later, to make the most out of their flavor and quality.
How to Store Frozen Mushrooms?
You can store frozen mushrooms in any freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag. The key is to make sure that they are thoroughly covered from being exposed to air or freezer burns.
You can pour some olive oil into the container you are storing frozen mushrooms in, to help prevent freezer burns
The choice between Ziploc bags and containers comes down to how much freezer space you have.
If you are pressed for freezer space, Ziploc bags are your best bet as you can freeze them compactly and stack flattened bags of mushrooms over each other.
How to Defrost Mushrooms?
You could thaw the mushrooms by leaving them in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight to thaw gradually.
But the best part of frozen mushrooms is that you can use them right out of the freezer in your recipes.
Keep in mind that the mushrooms can get soggy or mushy once they thaw. So, it is best to use them up in recipes that don’t call for thawing.
Once it defrosts, make sure to remove any excess water that collects, before using the mushrooms.
If you have sautéed the mushroom beforehand, you needn’t fry or bake it again. Simply heating it would be more than enough.
In fact, overcooking the mushrooms can make them lose their nutritional value.
Can You Refreeze Mushrooms?
No, it is strongly advised not to refreeze the mushrooms. Once they thaw, the mushrooms change in their texture and quality.
Repeated freezing and thawing will only worsen this condition. So, it is best to consume them as soon as they thaw or right out of the freezer.
If you wish to avoid having to refreeze or waste the mushrooms once they thaw, you can portion them before packing them into separate containers.
You could also flash freeze the individual pieces of mushrooms, which makes it easier to grab a handful without having to thaw a big batch.
Do Mushrooms Freeze Well?
Yes, mushrooms freeze well, but fresh mushrooms taste and add better flavor to your dish over frozen mushrooms any day.
But it is a great way to keep them stored for the long term. Mushrooms can last in the freezer for almost a year without losing their nutritional value
Blanched or sauteed mushrooms freeze better than raw mushrooms. The raw mushrooms turn brown over time in the freezer and are more prone to freezer burns.
Yes, you can freeze canned mushrooms. But it is best to transfer them into a freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag before freezing, because the can may rupture in the freezer creating a mess and spoiling the mushrooms.
It is best not to freeze canned mushrooms for more than a couple of months.
I hope this article helped you freeze and store mushrooms for the long term.
If you have any doubts or would like to share some tips and freezing hacks of your own, it would be great to hear from you.
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