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#1 Old 02-11-2007, 01:08 PM
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This was inspired by some comments in another thread, but I'm curious - Do you use fresh mushrooms or canned mushrooms and why do you use one or the other?

In my opinion canned mushrooms look like slugs and taste like... well... like nothing really...and according to the label have no nutritional value either...weird... So, I'm interested in what people see in them or why they use them.

I can understand the convenience factor that some canned mushroom fans mentioned, but in my own highly scientific study, it only took 40 seconds longer to rinse a cup of fresh tiny button mushrooms under the sprayer, cut them in half into a sautee pan; rather than opening, draining and dumping canned mushrooms into pan...

And from there, it takes about the same amount of time to sautee with a little EB and wine, or whatever.

Or do you use them cold out of the can? {shudder} Maybe I'm missing something.

Eh...just curious.
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#2 Old 02-11-2007, 01:09 PM
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Depends on what I'm making.

I prefer canned if I'm adding them to something like sauce mainly because canned ones are already soft and squishy and small so they go with the sauce well.

Anything else I use fresh like pesto-stuffed mushrooms or mushrooms in a stew, etc.
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#3 Old 02-11-2007, 01:19 PM
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I will occasionally use canned, diced portobellos on a pizza or in a sauce. Sometimes the fresh ports here are very expensive and look pretty crummy. So rather than drop the money on some sick-looking overpriced 'shrooms I will just drop $0.60 and call it good.

I definitely prefer fresh in most instances, though.
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#4 Old 02-11-2007, 01:26 PM
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Definitely fresh because the canned ones don't taste real and they have no nutritional value.
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#5 Old 02-11-2007, 01:26 PM
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The canned ones are gross, always fresh
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#6 Old 02-11-2007, 01:27 PM
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I don't ever buy canned mushrooms. Fresh is the way to go, IMO.

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#7 Old 02-11-2007, 01:50 PM
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Always fresh. Gotta hate the canned ones, ugh.
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#8 Old 02-11-2007, 01:52 PM
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Canned ones are like slugs as you said. I have a real aversion to slimy food. Fresh is best. i don't even like fresh cooked too much. I prefer fresh raw or stir fried. But when they are cooked a long time and become a bit slimy...I can't deal. but fresh and raw. Yum.

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I love fresh but will resort to canned...they keep in the cupboard so if I have a craving for something with mushrooms I don't have to run to the store and get some. When I plan ahead it's always fresh. Fresh rules!
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#10 Old 02-11-2007, 02:53 PM
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Fresh. Fresh fresh fresh.

The canned ones freak me out.
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#11 Old 02-11-2007, 03:11 PM
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Fresh! I always buy organic too. Do they even sell organic mushrooms in the can? I like to sautee my mushrooms with olive oil. Makes my feel very chef-y!
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#12 Old 02-11-2007, 03:19 PM
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none -- they're all disgusting!
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#13 Old 02-11-2007, 04:08 PM
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fresh if im eating them the day i buy them.. for some reason, my fridge makes them go bad within 24 hours..

Canned the rest of the time
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#14 Old 02-11-2007, 04:20 PM
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ONLY Organic fresh!

The canned ones look horrible! I won't even try 'em!
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#15 Old 02-11-2007, 05:35 PM
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Canned ones aren't slimy. They have the same texture as canned olives.

I'm like others - it depends on what i'm using the mushies for. I tend to prefer canned mushrooms on pizza, and that's about it. I really love eating them straight out of the can though.
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#16 Old 02-11-2007, 05:44 PM
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Fresh ones always. I just really dislike the canned ones. I love dried shi-take mushrooms too, couldn't get along without them for certain dished.

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#17 Old 02-11-2007, 05:44 PM
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I've never tried the ones in a can. I eat fresh mushrooms.
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#18 Old 02-11-2007, 05:49 PM
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I rarely use canned. I quite often use dried shiitakes. But there are some lovely locally grown oysters available here that are just wonderful!!! why would I want anything else?

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I have never had canned mushrooms. They scare me a bit, honestly. I don't feel like they belong in cans. I don't think its a big hassle dealing with fresh mushrooms. Frozen mushrooms weird me out a little too... dried I'm ok with..

I wonder if my aversion has anything to do with that episode of All In The Family where Edith thinks she fed Archie recalled poisonous canned mushrooms??
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#20 Old 02-11-2007, 07:19 PM
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Most veges in a tin freak me out, but of all of them mushies give me the biggest shudders. Not that I've tried them but I remember having to cook with them in high school and they felt like slugs as well as looking like them. Nothing beats a fresh mushie imo
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Ive never used canned. I LOVE mushrooms.. canned would probably ruin it for me.. and as you said.. it'd be only a few seconds longer to use fresh. And damn fresh are great.
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#22 Old 02-12-2007, 02:25 AM
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#23 Old 02-12-2007, 02:33 AM
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Best for taste are dried. Dried ****take are delicious. Porcini too.

You can cook in a rice pot or cooker (with the rice) or with any other grain like millet, quinoa, buckwheat etc

This morning I can millet porridge with dried ****take plus spices (tumeric) and a small springly of stock.

Dried mushrooms really have that strong fermented taste. Work well with miso's, natto and seaweed
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#24 Old 02-12-2007, 03:21 AM
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I find canned mushrooms have a weird texture and taste, I don't like eating anything that involves them. I love fresh mushrooms, though.
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#25 Old 02-12-2007, 03:32 AM
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I'll eat canned mushrooms if they're in something someone else has cooked, but use fresh exclusively in my own cooking. Admittedly, I live in a mushroom meca of sorts -- fresh shiitake, cremini, oyster, king oyster, enoki, white button, and assorted dried varities are available at pretty much every supermarket. With so many delightful flavors and textures to choose from, canned simply hold no appeal.
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Originally Posted by acfj View Post


Best for taste are dried. Dried ****take are delicious. Porcini too.

You can cook in a rice pot or cooker (with the rice) or with any other grain like millet, quinoa, buckwheat etc

This morning I can millet porridge with dried ****take plus spices (tumeric) and a small springly of stock.

Dried mushrooms really have that strong fermented taste. Work well with miso's, natto and seaweed

****take....that made me chuckle...thanks!

Now I have to try dried mushrooms!
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#27 Old 02-12-2007, 06:58 AM
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If people spell the mushrooms as *s h i t a k e* then the VB naughty word filter automatically filters out the first part of the word...

The correct spelling is "shiitake" though the other way is now a recognized and acceptable alternate spelling according to Webster's...
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#28 Old 02-12-2007, 07:07 AM
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[offtopic]I've seen people use two t's and one i when spelling shiitake. The result is sort of amusing, to say the least.... [/offtopic]
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#29 Old 02-12-2007, 07:24 AM
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I keep canned mushrooms around for when I can't be bothered going to the grocery store to buy fresh and I want them for something strong tasting, like pasta sauce or pizza.

You didn't mention dried mushrooms, but I use dried chinese mushrooms a lot.

Oh, and I can only get straw mushrooms in cans and they're delicious -- I use them in stir-frys.
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#30 Old 02-12-2007, 07:26 AM
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I detest mushrooms and avoid using them at all costs. I only eat them if they are very well hidden in things (though sometimes, to be polite when someone has given me a huge mutant mushroom as something nice and vegetarian, I will force them down). In recipes, I replace them with broccoli, which is also a pretty watery vegetable. So far, everything has tasted fine with the substitution.
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