How to Freeze Mushrooms for the Winter: Step by Step Technology

Among the many winters preserves mushrooms do occupy not the last place. In winter the price for them increases significantly, so if you want to have this product at any time of the year, it is better to stock up now.

How to preserve fresh mushrooms for the winter – the steps

If you want to provide yourself with such a preparation, then take all the mushrooms that you have, carefully clean off debris and dirt, and cut off the lower part of the stalk. Then wipe each mushroom with a damp sponge or rinse under water, but in no case soak.

IMPORTANT: only tubular mushrooms can be frozen, i.e. porcini, aspen mushrooms, mokhovikoviki, and podberezoviki.

So, you need to cut the mushrooms into pieces 1-2 cm thick, if the specimens are large – small ones can be left like this. Then put them on a flat tray and put them in the freezer for 1-2 hours. Once the mushrooms are frozen – unpack them in bags or containers.

How to cook mushrooms for the winter – tips

In order to preserve boiled mushrooms, you need to slice and drop them into boiling water for 1-2 minutes. Then put them aside in a colander, cool them down, and freeze them in portions, so that you can use a portion of mushrooms for cooking this or that dish.

A proven recipe for freezing wild mushrooms:

  • mushrooms – 1-1.5 kg;
  • salt – 1 tsp;
  • water – 3 liters;
  • Onion – 1 pc.

Wash the mushrooms, remove dirt and debris, and trim the bottom of the stem. Put the mushrooms in a deep bowl, pour water, add salt, and peeled the onion cut into four pieces. Place the pot on high heat and bring to a boil, cook until boiling, regularly skimming off the foam.

Once the broth boils, reduce the heat and leave the mushrooms to simmer for 15-20 minutes. Drain the water, remove the mushrooms in a colander, and leave for a while. When you see that most of the moisture is gone, you can transfer the mushrooms to a paper towel and let them drain again. In the end, you should portion out the mushrooms into bags or containers.

Remember that in this form frozen mushrooms can be eaten for 4-6 months.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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