Mushrooms are one of those ingredients everyone has strong feelings about. Some people love ‘em, some people hate ‘em (or just haven’t learned to appreciate them yet) and everyone has an opinion on the right way to clean them.
Wherever you fall on the to-wash-or-not-to-wash debate, there’s another common mistake cooks often make when working with mushrooms. The good news is that it couldn’t be easier to avoid.
Don’t overcrowd the pan when you’re cooking mushrooms.
You may have read this before, and maybe you’ve glossed over it in the name of quicker cooking time and less hassle. We hate to break it to you, but taking that little extra time to cook mushrooms in batches is really important.
Your little fungi have incredibly high water content, so you need to leave enough space in the pan for all the excess moisture to evaporate. Crowding mushrooms will leave them sad and soggy. And no one wants that. So do yourself and your fungi a favor, and cook mushrooms in batches.
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