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Shiitake Mushroom

The Shiitake mushroom (Lentinula edodes) is an edible fungus popular for its rich, savory, and slightly earthy taste. Native to East Asia, it is widely cultivated for its culinary and potential medicinal uses. Shiitake mushrooms are commonly used in various cuisines, particularly in Asian dishes, and can be found in both fresh and dried forms. For home cooks, shiitake mushrooms are valued for their versatility in a variety of dishes. They can be sautéed, grilled, or incorporated into stews, soups, stir-fries, and even pasta dishes. Shiitake mushrooms are an excellent vegetarian option, providing a full-bodied, umami flavor and meaty texture when cooked.
#6
IN MUSHROOMS
34
CAL / 100G
$0.87
AVG / OZ
shiitake mushroom
71%
CARBS
5%
FAT
24%
PROTEIN
Shiitake Mushroom FAQ
Shiitake mushrooms, while versatile and tasty, can be a bit intimidating for the novice cook. A common mistake when cooking with shiitakes is not properly cleaning them or rehydrating them if they're dried. Grit can often get trapped in the gills and rinse them in water quickly or wipe them with a damp cloth. Dried shiitakes need to rehydrate in warm water for about 20-30 minutes before cooking. Another common error is not removing the stems, which are too tough to eat but excellent for creating a mushroom stock. To maximize flavor, incorporate these mushrooms to dishes that can benefit from their umami richness, like soups, stews, or stir-fries. Additionally, save and freeze the stems for a longer time to make flavorful broth later, a little tip that often gets overlooked.
How do you clean shiitake mushrooms before cooking?
Do you have to remove the stems of shiitake mushrooms?
Can you eat shiitake mushrooms raw?
How do you cook shiitakes for maximum flavor?
Are there specific dishes that go well with shiitake mushrooms?
How do you rehydrate dried shiitake mushrooms?
Do shiitake mushrooms need to be cooked thoroughly?
What can I do with shiitake mushroom stems?
Does the flavor differ between fresh and dried shiitake mushrooms?
Why are my sautéed shiitake mushrooms tough?
Expiration & Storage Tips
When does shiitake mushroom expire?
Fresh shiitake mushrooms can last up to 10 days in the fridge if left unopened and stored correctly. Once opened, it's best to consume them within 7 days. If you find a great bargain of shiitake mushrooms and want to store them for a longer time, you can freeze them. Frozen shiitake mushrooms can stay up to 12 months in the freezer. Do keep in mind that once defrosted, they should be consumed immediately and shouldn't be refrozen.
How do you tell if shiitake mushroom is bad?
Visual inspection is the most effective method to tell if shiitake mushrooms have gone bad. If they appear slimy or there are significant color changes, it's best to throw them away. Additionally, a sour or off smell is also an indication that these mushrooms have spoiled.
Tips for storing shiitake mushroom to extend shelf life
• Store fresh shiitake mushrooms in a paper bag inside the refrigerator. This allows the fungal 'breathing' process to continue and excess moisture to be absorbed by the paper bag, preventing them from becoming slimy and spoiling prematurely. • If you buy the mushrooms in a plastic wrap or box, make sure to remove them from the packaging as the moisture can cause them to spoil. • Before freezing, wash and blanch them briefly in boiling water. This preserves their quality and extends their freezer life. Cool them quickly in ice water before draining thoroughly and placing in freezer bags. • When defrosting frozen shiitake, don't thaw them at room temperature as this can cause the mushrooms to become soggy. Instead, put them straight from the freezer into your cooking pot.
EXPIRES WITHIN
6 - 15
DAYS
Health Info
Macros
9g
CARBS
0g
FAT
3g
PROTEIN
Allowed on these diets
VEGETARIAN
KETO
PALEO
WHOLE 30
MEDITERRANEAN
LOW CARB
VEGAN
LACTOSE FREE
GLUTEN FREE
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