Jon Peterson wrote:My Mom did most of the cooking for Dad and my sister and brother. She did many things that, at the time, we're perfectly understandable - she was Mom, after all.
But now, as I look back, there were things that were unexplained; things I'd never do.
For example, after washing fresh mushrooms, Mom peeled them. I can't believe she had the patience to do this let alone a good reason. Maybe her Mom did it.
Did your Mom (or anyone else) do anything like this?
I can't recall if my mother ever peeled mushrooms, but my older sister definitely did it, and in my teens, so did I. It was a combination of removing the material still covering the gills and also removing the surface skin of the cap, which if overwashed took on a slimy texture. Now, we wash mushrooms more gently and do not peel the caps.