How long do mushrooms last in the fridge?

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “how long do mushrooms last in the fridge?”. We will also discuss in detail, the shelf life, and storage methods of mushrooms.

How long do mushrooms last in the fridge?

You can easily find how mushrooms last based on the date of purchase.

Mushrooms maintained in the refrigerator for 7 days can stay fresh for 10 days, whereas mushrooms maintained in the refrigerator for only 7 days may stay fresh for just 7 days. Refrigerated cooked mushrooms can last for 7–10 days.

Finally, mushrooms that have been dried might have a shelf life of up to three years. If you choose to dry your mushrooms instead of refrigerating them, they will stay just fine in your pantry. To minimize spoiling, keep items in a cool, dry area.

The estimated period of mushroom is given below in the table.

PantryFridgeFreezer
Fresh mushrooms5-10 days
Cooked Mushrooms7-10 days
Dried Mushrooms1-3 years

6 Ways to tell if your mushrooms are bad

It is not as difficult to distinguish between good and bad mushrooms. Here are some classic warning signs to keep an eye out for:

Slime 

The first aspect to watch for when checking the freshness of a mushroom is the presence of a slimy covering. If you leave fungus out at room temperature, they will produce this slimy layer. You should store them in the fridge for no more than two weeks. 

Discoloration

It is common to see bruises on the surface of mushrooms that have been in the refrigerator for a long time. It is still possible to consume them even if they are over their ‘best before date, so utilize them while they are still good.

Wrinkles

After mushrooms have about a year left on the shelf, they lose water content and start to wrinkle. This is what naturally occurs when the fungus is left to dry at room temperature. If mushrooms look to be dry, then it is safe to assume that they have lost their crunchy texture, thus it is best to throw them out.

Smell

The strong, fishy smell of rotten mushrooms is unmistakable. A slimy coating will appear on the surface of the fungus, as well as spots. The distinct odor will be enough to persuade you to get rid of your fungi stash.

Mold 

Observe the mushroom for mold, especially around the stem. Mushrooms have a high water content, which creates a perfect habitat for mold to grow. Discard any bag with even a few moldy mushrooms.

Other FAQs about Mushrooms which you may be interested in.

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Mushroom storage tips

If mushrooms are not handled or stored properly, they will quickly spoil. Here are a few pointers to help you store your mushrooms properly:

Select the Correct Storage Container

Using a brown paper bag is the easiest way to store fresh mushrooms. To prevent the mushrooms from deteriorating, the bag will absorb their moisture. Check to see that the bag is not overly full of mushrooms, and make sure the lid is open. The fresh fungus will survive up to a week if you keep them refrigerated.

Keep it in the right place

Always keep fresh mushrooms refrigerated, even if it is wintertime. Where you store your mushroom in the refrigerator makes a huge difference. Instead of putting mushrooms in the fridge’s crisper, which is overly damp and causes the mushrooms to become mushy and rot, we recommend putting them in the fridge’s main compartment.

Make Enough Refrigerator Space

Placing other containers on top of the mushrooms may cause bruising and spoiling, so avoid it. Proper cold air circulation will help your mushrooms remain longer in your refrigerator.

 Bulk Dry Mushrooms

After washing the mushrooms, put them in a Dutch oven at a temperature of 17 degrees Celsius (62 degrees Fahrenheit) for 3 to 5 hours, or until no sign of water remains. Allow the container to totally cool before storing it. Preheat the oven to the instructions. Once it is heated, place the items in the pantry.

Freeze

Freezing is the next best alternative when dehydration is not an option. Since mushrooms begin to decay once they are exposed to air, freezing the mushrooms as soon as feasible is preferable. It will only be a moment, and then we will demonstrate how to effectively freeze mushrooms.

The side effects of eating expired mushrooms

While it is unusual for people to get sick from eating mushrooms, spoilage in food can induce gastrointestinal illness.

We do not encourage eating spoiled mushrooms, even if they are just slightly moldy or past two weeks old.

Conclusion

In this brief article, we answered the question, “how long do mushrooms last in the fridge?”. We also discussed in detail, the shelf life and storage methods of mushrooms.

Reference

https://www.newideafood.com.au/how-long-mushrooms-last

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