Choose your texture: To begin with, the length of time a Mushroom
is cooked will dictate its texture. Short cooking yields a more delicately
textured Mushroom; longer cooking actually renders them denser and chewier
(this is because the longer they cook, the more water they lose).
Microwaving Mushrooms: Mushrooms cook extremely well in the microwave.
Simply clean and cook as follows: put eight ounces thickly sliced Mushrooms
in a microwaveable bowl; cover and cook on HIGH (100% power) for two to
three minutes, stirring once.
Sautéing Mushrooms: For each eight ounces of Mushrooms,
heat one tablespoon butter or oil in a large skillet. Add Mushrooms; cook,
stirring occasionally, until golden and the released Mushroom liquid has
evaporated, about five minutes. Dont overcrowd skillet or Mushrooms
will steam rather than brown.
Roasting Mushrooms: Put Mushrooms in a shallow baking pan; toss
with a little oil and roast in a 450 degree F oven, stirring occasionally
until brown, about 20 minutes. Use about one tablespoon of oil for each
eight ounces of Mushrooms.
TIP: If sliced raw Mushrooms are prepared in advance, dip slices
in lemon juice to preserve color.
Mushroom Nutrition: Mushrooms have a nutritional profile perfect
for todays consumer. One serving (five medium-sized white Mushrooms)
has only 20 calories, and is free of fat, cholesterol and sodium.
* This information was provided by the Mushroom Council.
For more great information about preparation, nutrition, and varieties
of mushrooms, please visit mushroomcouncil.org.