How To Clean Chanterelle Mushrooms

I was walking through Costco the other day and came across these beauties!  Wow they not only looked great, but the price was pretty special too. When I got home and opened the package they had a lot of dirt in every nook and cranny.  This is typical of mushrooms, especially chanterelles. They truly are delicate beauties.  So many will say you shouldn’t use water to clean mushrooms, but you don’t want to be eating dirt.  Please see below on how to clean chanterelle mushrooms.  This is the best description ever.  Learn how far in advance to cooking you can clean them.

explore the beauty of the mushroom and learn about the health benefits here

How to Clean Chanterelle Mushrooms

dirty chanterelles and cleaning tools - cloth, brush, knife, peeler

Whether your mushrooms are wild and growing in dirt or on a tree trunk or cultivated and store-bought, considering how to best keep them free from any debris that will make the eating of them anything but perfectly pleasant is time well spent.

Cleaning mushrooms is a necessity, and the process begins even before they’ve been harvested. In the forest, a sharp knife and brush and a clean, sturdy-sided container to carry mushrooms in helps keep dirt, clay. sand and debris where it belongs, which is where it came from, and not in your meal.

Cultivated mushrooms need a once-over as well. You most likely have all the tools you need in your kitchen already.

Chanterelles and Similar Mushrooms

Start cleaning your mushrooms hours before you use them and you’ll have clean dry mushrooms when you’re ready to cook. You can do this even the day before.

Clean chanterelles require just a little brushing, but from some habitats they’re dirty and must be washed. Forget all that nonsense about never washing mushrooms because the flavor will wash away. The chanetelle in your hand probably took 1 to 3 weeks to grow and has already gone through plenty of rain baths.


Step 1

Turn cool to lukewarm water from your faucet to low flow. Hold the mushroom briefly under the the water and brush lightly with a clean brush. Also rinse the dirt from the brush itself under the flowing water. This way you can keep lifting the dirt from the mushroom while minimizing water the mushroom soaks up. Repeat this until clean.

brush off dirt with a clean, damp brush

Step 2

First place the washed mushrooms into a colander to drip, then put these cleaned mushrooms on a towel-lined pan or anything flat with drainage holes.

let cleaned mushrooms drain

Step 3

Put the mushrooms by a fan or a sunny window. The goal here is to be rid of the excess moisture and have nice dry sautéable mushrooms.

After they’re clean and dry, put them into the refrigerator.

allow mushrooms to dry by a sunny window

Step 4

If you do any sort of dunk, make sure the plunge is quick and vigorous, not allowing the mushrooms to soak. In the home kitchen, you can also use the sink’s handled sprayer for a quick rinse.

you can do a quick spray, but don't let mushrooms soak

To learn more and get some great dried chanterelles, visit Wineforest.

 Don’t miss out on the best chanterelle mushroom sauce ever, check out the recipe below.

Chanterelle Mushroom Sauce over Spinach with Roasted Carrots


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