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Mushrooms

Freeze? Yes
In season All year
Store In the fridge
Good source of vitamin B2
A small pile of button mushrooms

Mushrooms, a fungi, are a popular food used in may different recipes. There are many different types including button, oyster and porcini. Packed with nutritious goodness, they can be cooked and eaten raw. 

How to store

How to store fresh mushrooms

Mushrooms are best stored in the fridge.

Freezing mushrooms

Mushrooms can be frozen in a sealed bag or airtight container for up to 3 months.

Storing cooked mushrooms

Store cooked mushrooms in an airtight container and use within 7 days

Mushrooms Top tips

How to freeze and defrost

To freeze: You can freeze mushrooms raw or cooked. Slice and freeze on a tray (or they’ll stick together) and transfer to a sealed container.

To defrost: When you take food or drink out of the freezer, it’s important to defrost it safely. Don’t defrost at room temperature.

Ideally, defrost fully in the fridge and use within 24 hours. Or, use a microwave on the defrost setting directly before cooking or reheating.

Eating the whole food

There is no need to peel mushrooms - and don’t wash them either. Cultivated mushrooms are pretty clean, so just give them a wipe.

Be fabulous with leftovers

Leftover fresh mushrooms

Mushrooms can be cooked straight from frozen - great for quick supper dishes such as omelettes.

Fry leftover, wrinkly mushrooms in butter or oil for use as a pizza topping or use in stews, sauces and casseroles or freeze them for later.

Leftover cooked mushrooms

Use up any uneaten cooked mushrooms in recipes such as stews, soups and currys.

Buying tips

If they are available, think about buying mushrooms loose to help you buy only what you need. This will ensure that all your food is more likely to be eaten and saved from the bin.

Think about swapping fresh mushrooms for frozen ones. Frozen foods last a long time in the freezer, you can use as much as you need when you need to and they can often be a cheaper option. You can also get mushrooms in tins and dried.

Perfect portions

Use our portion calculator for a quick and simple way to check how much of this food to serve at mealtimes.

Valuing your Mushrooms beyond the price tag

Goodness in food

Your food is more than its shape, colour and price. Your food has an important role to play to help keep you healthy and with enough energy to live your life how you wish to.

  • Mushrooms are one of the few non-animal sources of vitamin D. This helps to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.
  • They contain a source of folate, a B vitamin, which helps the body form red blood cells.
  • A portion of mushrooms counts towards your five-a-day.

Food story

By the time your food arrives in your home, it’s already been on quite a journey starting with how it is made or grown and how your food reaches the supermarket.

So please help our food to finish its story in the most sustainable way, ensuring the planet’s resources that’s already used are put to good use. Take care of your food when it’s in your home and ensure every edible morsel is eaten - and that your food doesn’t end up in the bin!

Why not try these delicious recipes to use up Mushrooms

Throw these ingredients together in the morning and a warming delicious stew will be waiting for you when you get home.

Black cooking pot full of chickpea and mushroom stew

Comfort food at its best by award-winning chef Neil Forbes of Café St Honore in Edinburgh.

two slices of crisp toasted bread topped with sliced mushrooms

This hearty stew is delicious, filling and uses up your leftover veggies. What's not to like?

a thick stew of mixed soft vegetables including courgette and onion topped with fresh thyme