Do I need to wipe my mushrooms and should I peel them?

Question

Do I need to wipe my mushrooms and should I peel them?

Answer

You should probably wipe them because sometimes they’ve got that product that they’re grown in still on them.

You should probably wipe them because sometimes they’ve got that product that they’re grown in still on them. None of that stuff is going to kill anybody if they eat it. In fact, there’s a lot of people who think that we’d be healthier if we weren’t so sanitised with the way that we’re eating our food. I always just give mine a little wipe down with a cloth, but no washing them because then they get slimy and they kind of start absorbing water. When you go to cook them, they do a different thing than what they would do if you’d just wiped them. And peeling, lots of people say there’s plenty of nutrients in the skin, and that’s absolutely true. I think it adds more of a mushroom flavour – it’s really a personal preference, but if you peel them you are throwing out something that you can eat.

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