Meadow Mushrooms

Mushrooms 101

Tips, Tricks, Varieties & Facts

Meadow Mushrooms

How to Select

Look for mushrooms that are firm to touch with a fairly even colour. Stems are a good indication of freshness, so check for strong, healthy ones. Mushrooms are extremely fragile and prone to bruising, so you may find some marks and blemishes. Don’t panic - this won’t affect the taste or quality of the mushroom.

Meadow Mushrooms: How to Store

How to Store

Because they’re made largely of water, mushrooms can degrade quickly if not stored properly. Keep them refrigerated in a breathable container or bag to prevent moisture build-up. Avoid the vege crisper drawer as it creates a moist environment.  Meadow Mushrooms’ cardboard punnets are specially designed for mushroom storage, with a custom breathable film that gives the perfect balance between letting moisture out and not too much air in. If you’re buying your mushrooms loose, storing in the fridge in a brown paper bag or fabric mushroom bag will work just as well.

Meadow Mushrooms: How to Prepare

How to Prepare

To prepare mushrooms for cooking, just wipe them clean with a dry cloth or brush off with a pastry brush any flecks of compost. A quick, light rinse is OK if needed, but dry them off quickly and definitely avoid soaking - mushrooms already have a high water content and are porous, so they’ll absorb additional water causing them to become waterlogged and flavourless.

No need to peel your mushrooms before eating, as the skin is packed with essential vitamins and minerals. And yes, you can leave the stalks on, just trim off the very end – less waste, more goodness!

Meadow Mushrooms: How to Eat

How to Eat

There are so many delicious and simple ways to eat mushrooms, but they are even tastier after a little prep work.

For the perfect antipasto accompaniment, try tossing halved or quartered mushrooms in a vinaigrette of olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and herbs (think parsley, coriander, chives, chervil, thyme, oregano, marjoram or rosemary) and leave for 10 minutes before adding to the platter.

Mushrooms also love garlic, onion, lemon or lime zest, chillies and spices such as paprika, turmeric or curry powder. For some simple cooking methods, check out our easy ways with mushrooms below...

Meadow Mushrooms: Throw or Keep?

Throw or Keep?

As a general rule-of-thumb, mushrooms are good for eight days from packing, so long as they’re bought fresh and stored well. But use your common sense - if they look, smell and feel fine, they probably are! Here are a few things to watch out for:

  • Sliminess… Slimy mushrooms have probably sat in the fridge too long. We’d recommend you throw them out.
  • Wrinkles... Sometimes mushrooms dry out, and while a few wrinkles are OK, if they’re really shrivelled up it's better to toss than eat.
  • Dark spots. If your mushrooms have gone darker or have dark spots, If your mushrooms have gone darker or have dark spots, it's time to use them or lose them. It's time to use them or lose them.
  • Bad smell... Mushrooms’ scent should be light and subtle. If they have a really strong or unusual smell, throw them out.
  • Moon shaped marks. These are just harmless indentations from where the stalks have pressed onto the caps of the mushrooms in transit. Go forth and cook!

Meadow Mushrooms - Varieties
White Button Nutrition Badge

White Button

With their subtle, earthy flavour, White Button mushrooms are great to eat raw and make a versatile, easy addition to cooked meals. Their mild taste also makes them a safe choice for those who like a less ‘mushroomy’ flavour or are trying mushrooms for the first time!

Large Portabello Nutrition Badge

Large Portabello

Our BBQ famous meaty portabellos are brown button mushrooms that have been left to mature

Small Portabello Nutrition Badge

Small Portabello

Small Portabello mushrooms are Portabello mushrooms that are picked just before they are fully grown. Still packed with flavour but small enough for sharing

Swiss Brown Nutrition Badge

Swiss Brown

The baby of the Portabello family, Swiss Browns are button mushrooms with a bolder, more robust taste. Their firm texture and rustic colour makes them fantastic for kebabs and perfect for risottos, stir fries, sauces and stews.

White Sliced Nutrition Badge

White Sliced

Our white sliced mushrooms are so convenient to cook with, having them already sliced for you to pop onto your pizza, or throw into your stir fry


So much goodness in just one handful.

B Vitamins
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