The dirty truth is, mushrooms often come dusted with dirt. Cleaning them is important, but cooks differ on how to do it. Some say you should never wash them, because they will absorb too much water and lose flavor.
I've been told to use a damp cloth or paper towel to wipe the dirt off each individual mushroom. I use this method if I have just a few mushrooms to wash, but with a big batch, it can be a real pain. To find out if this is really necessary, read more