L.A. Times Test Kitchen tip: Cleaning mushrooms
Give them a good dusting with a sponge, or use a small kitchen brush to remove dirt.
And although mushrooms are porous, they won't absorb as much moisture as was originally believed -- sometimes a little water is the best way to get dirt out of every nook and cranny. Give the mushrooms a quick dunk (or two) in a bowl of water or rinse them under cool, running water, then promptly pat dry or run through a salad spinner. But wait to wash the mushrooms until right before you use them so they stay fresh.
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