Feature Friday: What’s with the Brown Paper Bag?

The brown paper bag. What is the mystery behind the brown paper bag? We see them at the grocery store hung up by the mushroom display, some of us use them, some of us don’t, and a lot of us ask the question, “what’s with the brown paper bags?”

PaperBag_WEBTruth is, you should always store fresh mushrooms in a brown paper bag. The bag acts as a barrier between the refrigerator moisture and the mushrooms. It will actually absorb most of the moisture and allow for proper air circulation, so that your fresh mushrooms stay fresh, and don’t get all slimy and brown. You all know what I mean! We have all at one time or another put fresh mushrooms in the fridge in a plastic bag, and two days later they were brown and glistening!

What about when you buy them in a package? Same rule apply. When you buy mushrooms in a cello-wrapped package, you should always grab a brown paper bag with it. It is very handy to have just in case you don’t eat the whole package in one sitting. (For all you mushroom lovers, you know what I am talking about when I say, mine don’t usually make it to this next part!) You can then take the remaining mushrooms out of the package and place them in the bag. They will keep longer than in the plastic, saving you money!

So next time you buy fresh mushrooms don’t leave the store without the brown paper bag.

posted by Brittany

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