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Trimming and Slicing Mushrooms

Trimming and slicing mushrooms are worth the effort because of the flavor they impart. Whole mushrooms need some cleaning and trimming — and slicing if the recipe calls for it.

1

Gently wipe away dirt from the mushrooms.

Use a damp paper towel or a dish towel.

2

Cut off the mushroom stems.

The stems typically aren’t eaten.

3

Place the mushroom caps, flat-side down, and slice them perpendicular to the cutting board.

This technique gives you strips of mushroom at whatever thickness you cut them.

4

If you want smaller pieces of mushroom, slice the caps again at a 90-degree angle from the original slices.

You can use these smaller chunks in soups and sauces, for example.

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