I posted an article on my blog about mushrooms and their amazing health benefits, you can read about it here. I focused on the benefits of reishi, turkey tail and cordyceps. They have amazing adaptogenic properties as well as an ability to prevent cancer, reduce inflammation and be alternatives for antivirals and antibacterials. If you have an autoimmune disorder, stressful life, or are interested in preventative care, these are a great way to spend your much-earned dollars. Mushrooms are supplements I personally use on a daily basis and you can get those here.
But sometimes I like to switch it up and bathe my medicine in butter and sprinkle it with salt.
Today I decided to cook up Shiitake and Trumpet royale mushrooms in a sauté. However, you can replace these mushrooms with button, maitake, or whichever your heart desires.
2 Tablespoons Kerry Gold Irish Butter
1 Cup Shiitake Mushrooms
1 Cup Trumpet Royale Mushrooms
Salt to Taste
-Take mushrooms and rinse. Cut the Trumpet Royale mushrooms lengthwise.
-Heat the butter in the pan on high heat.
Butter vs Olive Oil When Cooking:
*I like to use butter instead of olive oil when cooking on high heat because butter is more stable. What does this mean? It means that olive oil, when cooked in high temperatures, can easily oxidize---this is a no-no. We don't want fats to oxidize because this makes it 'toxic' and may lead to heart disease and other chronic diseases. Stick to butter when cooking with heat and stick to olive oil as a salad dressing.*
-Wait to see the butter foam, this well tell you when it is hot enough. Add in mushrooms.
-Toss and shake pan for 4 to 5 minutes. These first 5 minutes will soak up the fat.
-The next 2 minutes the mushrooms will begin to brown. As soon as they are browned lightly, remove from heat.
Why You Need To Cook Your Mushrooms
Mushrooms need to be cooked! If not, you can't access their numerous health benefits. As the esteemed Dr. Andrew Weil says:
“Mushrooms have very tough cell walls and are essentially indigestible if you don't cook them. Thoroughly heating them releases the nutrients they contain, including protein, B vitamins, and minerals, as well as a wide range of novel compounds not found in other foods,” (Prevention, Feb 1, 2013).
Raw mushrooms may also pose health hazards such as:
"...harmful pathogens and heat-sensitive toxins—potentially causing red blood cell damage, gastrointestinal irritation and allergic reactions, such as skin rashes."
So if you want all the health benefits and still want to sleep with your loved one at night without fear of 'gastrointestinal irritation' (wink, wink), just cook the damn mushrooms in delicious grass fed butter and enjoy!