Learn how to freeze mushrooms in three easy steps. Buy mushrooms on sale, freeze them and enjoy them whenever you like (and even if your spouse doesn’t like them!).
For a long time, I was married to a man who didn’t like mushrooms. I, on the other hand, LOVE mushrooms. This was a tough time for me, and it took a bit of a toll on our relationship (the one I have with mushrooms, that is).
Once in a while I would buy a package, only to lose half of it in the back of the fridge and find it once the mushrooms were covered in slime.
Other times, I would buy mushrooms and pile the entire package on my personal pizza. Yes, it was delicious. But even I can admit it may have been slightly over the top.
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Finally, I had to ask myself the age-old question: Can mushrooms be frozen?
Yes, and it’s easy!
This is a great way to buy mushrooms when they’re on super sale and eat them whenever you want them.
And it’s simple. And I ❤ simple.
FAQ About How to Freeze Mushrooms
Can I freeze fresh or raw mushrooms?
Yes! This is the main way I freeze mushrooms, which is outlined below.
Will mushrooms be slimy or mushy when they thaw?
No. I don’t find them slimy at all. They will have to be cooked, however. I would not recommend trying this if you hope to eat them uncooked. But once you cook them you will never know the difference.
Can I freeze cooked mushrooms?
Yes! This is what I used to do before I had kids (when I had more time, haha). Buy mushrooms, slice and sauté with a little butter and olive oil (I like the combo) and some salt and pepper, then freeze smaller packages to pull out and use quickly when cooking.
How do I thaw frozen mushrooms?
If you follow the method I outlined below, you can just pull out a handful from the bag of frozen mushrooms.
If I’m thinking ahead I’ll leave them at room temperature on a plate for a few minutes while I prep other parts of the meal.
If not, you can cook them right from frozen by sautéing them in a little oil or butter (there will be more water to evaporate this way though).
In a pinch, pop them in the microwave to thaw!
Have extra mushrooms to use up? Try these recipes:
Creamy Mushroom Pasta from Recipe Tin Eats
Creamy Garlic Mushroom Soup from Budget Bytes
White Mushroom Pizza from Damn Delicious
How to Freeze Mushrooms – the Super Easy Way
Step 1: Buy mushrooms, preferably when they’re on sale for a great price.
Step 2: Follow these tips for best results: Brush your mushrooms off with a paper towel and slice them. You don’t have to be overly picky about the slicing. I just roughly slice. Place them on a large cookie sheet and freeze.
Step 3: Once mushrooms are frozen, transfer them from the cookie sheet to large ziplock bags (they break apart easily). Store in your freezer. Anytime you want to use some you can remove just the amount you’d like.
I wouldn’t use these for a salad, but pretty much any recipe that involves frying them first is perfect (spaghetti sauce, pasta, pizza, etc).
Voila! Mushrooms only ever bought on sale and not a slimy one to be found!
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What’s your favourite ingredient to freeze? What do you wish you could freeze?
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This post was originally published on March 31, 2017 and was updated April 17, 2020.