How To Preserve Mushrooms: 3 Easy Ways You Can Try At Home

Over the past few days, I have always been in my kitchen trying to find the best way to preserve and maintain the flavor of freshly picked mushrooms. After some fun experiments (and a few tasty tests! ), I’ve come up with a handful of ideas that I’m really excited to share with you in this blog. Join me as we explore these tips and tricks, ensuring that every mushroom you harvest is as flavorful and fresh as the moment you pick it.

3 Ways You Can Preserve Mushrooms

Jerky Mushrooms

Ingredients:

  • Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • Honey
  • Lemon juice

Step-By-Step Procedure:

  1. Remove the base of the mushroom
  2. Wash and tap dry
  3. Cut the mushroom into thick slices
  4. Add a pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  5. Add ½ cup of honey
  6. Squeeze lemon juice
  7. Mix well, place in a zip bag, and remove the air
  8. Let it sit in the fridge overnight
  9. Dehydrate until crispy to the touch and you can enjoy it for up to 7 days

Freezing Mushroom

Ingredients:

  • 500ml water
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Step-By-Step Procedure:

  1. Dice the mushrooms
  2. In a large container, add 500 ml of water and 1 tbsp. of lemon juice
  3. Soak for 10 minutes and drain
  4. Steam until soft and tender
  5. Place in a container and freeze it. You can keep it in the freezer for up to 1 year

Canning Mushroom

Ingredients:

  • 600 g mushrooms
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup rapeseed oil
  • 1/3 cup of vinegar
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Sterilized jars

Step-By-Step Procedure:

  1. Dice garlic
  2. Chop the dry sage
  3. In a large pan with low to medium heat, add 1/2 cup of rapeseed oil
  4. Add the diced garlic and 600 g of mushrooms. 
  5. Cook until soft, then add the chopped dry sage
  6. Once soft, add 1/3 cup of vinegar and 3/4 cup of water
  7. Place them inside the sterilized jars
  8. Clean the rim of the jar with vinegar
  9. Place the jars in boiling water for about 20 minutes

*If you don’t do water or pressure canning, you can store it in the fridge for up to 3-4 weeks

The Health Benefits of Mushrooms

  • Rich in Nutrients: Mushrooms are low in calories but high in essential nutrients. They are an excellent source of B vitamins, such as riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid, which are vital for energy production and brain health.
  • Boosts Immunity: Certain types of mushrooms, such as shiitake and maitake, contain beta-glucans. These compounds have been shown to enhance the immune system, helping your body fend off illnesses more effectively.
  • Supports Heart Health: Mushrooms contain compounds that can help reduce cholesterol levels. They are also rich in antioxidants, which protect the heart by preventing oxidative stress and inflammation.
  • Aids in Weight Management: Thanks to their low-calorie content and high fiber levels, mushrooms can help you feel full and satisfied, making them a great addition to a weight management plan.
  • Anti-Cancer Properties: Some mushrooms, like reishi and turkey tail, have been studied for their potential anti-cancer properties. They contain compounds that may inhibit the growth of cancer cells and boost the body’s natural defense mechanisms.

Preserving mushrooms not only extends their shelf life but also allows you to enjoy their nutritional benefits all year. Whether you can, freeze, or make them jerky mushrooms, each method assures that you can continue to enjoy these lovely mushrooms long after the harvest season is over. So, try these preserving methods and continue to appreciate the health advantages of mushrooms while discovering new flavors in your kitchen.

Happy growing, and happy preserving!