Make Room For Mushroom!

As people become more mindful of what they eat and how it contributes to overall health, mushrooms are becoming more prominent in recipes. Adding mushrooms to a meal increases intake of several micronutrients that are often lacking in someone’s diet.

Mushroom base and stock provide a quick and inexpensive way to extend your recipe’s tastiness, a delicious plant-based alternative chock full of potential health benefits, and a consistent and predictable flavor profile.

We’ve covered the bases about the benefits of mushrooms and mushroom stock in your recipes. Feel free to use our handy table of contents with links to all your basic and not so basic questions about mushrooms.

Are Mushrooms and Mushroom Stock Diet-Friendly?
Health Benefits of Mushrooms
Fun Facts About Mushrooms!
Types of Mushrooms
Mushrooms Provide Umami Flavor
How Do You Make Your Own Mushroom Stock?
How Is Mushroom Base, Stock and Broth Used?
Easy Recipes Using Mushroom Stock
The Benefits of Using Mushroom Base
Who Uses Mushroom Base?
Where Can I Buy Mushroom Base to Make Mushroom Stock?

Are Mushrooms and Mushroom Stock Diet-Friendly?

Many people have nutrition concerns and choose to maintain a diet based on healthy food choices.

Mushrooms, mushroom base and stocks are viable options for plant-based diets and other popular eating plans.

Followers of the low-carb, high-fat Keto diet will appreciate how mushrooms are naturally low in carbohydrates.

Mushrooms’ natural umami flavor provides richness to recipes without adding animal protein, perfect for Mediterranean diets that focus on less red meat consumption.

Since the Paleo diet emphasizes food that hunter and gatherer ancestors ate, mushrooms are a perfect fit since they are full of nutrients, unprocessed and contain natural disease-fighting capabilities; in addition, they’ve existed for centuries.

Vegan Portobello mushroom steaks with Cook's Delight Roasted GarlicMayo Clinic Diet fans will appreciate how mushrooms can reduce meat consumption when Portabella mushrooms are substituted for steak or beef patties.

And, WW (formerly Weight Watchers), which tracks meals through SmartPoints, assigns 0 points to raw mushrooms of any kind.


“Mushrooms are hearty and filling. Preliminary research suggests increasing intake of low-energy-dense foods (meaning few calories given the volume of food), specifically mushrooms, in place of high-energy-dense foods, like lean ground beef, can be helpful with weight management as they promote daily energy by limiting fat intake and leaving you full and satiated after a meal. (The Mushroom Council at

The Blend, a cooking technique that substitutes a portion of ground meat, such as beef, with finely chopped mushrooms is a great way to limit meat consumption – a goal of several eating plans. The Mushroom Council shares how the blend works enabling healthier eating while reducing calories and fat.

Better For You Blend


Every year, in January, U.S. News & World Report explores its annual “Best Diets” list based off data from 40 diet plans in 9 categories.  Discover more information, provided by The Mushroom Council, about how the diet-friendly mushroom checks out in a number of the different diets.

Mushrooms Are Naturally:

  • Low-Sodium
  • Cholesterol-Free
  • Low-Fat
  • Low-Calorie
  • Filling
  • High in Fiber
  • Vegan
  • Sustaining

Did You Know That Mushrooms Are Also Gluten-Free?

According to research, it is estimated that 18 million Americans have gluten sensitivity.  Support for gluten free dining continues to be an important topic in foodservice.

Mushrooms are naturally free of gluten and have the added bonus of being naturally free of sodium and cholesterol, too.

Mushrooms perfect for gluten free diet



Cook’s Delight Simply Mushroom Concentrate takes things a step further with strict adherence to our “No No List”. Our pledge assures that specific ingredients won’t be found in our food products.

The Simply Mushroom Concentrate goes above and beyond the standard “No No List” requirements of no artificial ingredients, artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, artificial preservatives and highly processed ingredients.

Check Out These Health Benefits Of Mushrooms!

As stated by mushrooms provide are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and provide a number of health benefits.

Health Benefits of Mushrooms


Mushrooms are rich in antioxidants and contain an abundant amount of vitamins and minerals including:

  • Phosphorus
  • Niacin
  • Vitamin D
  • Ergothieoneine
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium
  • Riboflavin
  • Panthothenic Acid
  • Selenium
  •  Vitamins including Folate
  • Potassium

Mushrooms provide numerous health benefits including:

  • Help lose weight
  • Help lower cholesterol levels
  • Improve bone health
  • Boost immune system
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Stimulates absorption of iron


Mushrooms and other fruits and vegetables play a positive role in protecting the body and supporting overall health as cited by Mushroom Council.  Selenium, Vitamin D and Vitamin B are micronutrients found in mushrooms that contribute to a healthy immune system.

Nutrients in Mushroom Feed Immune System


More Fun Facts About Mushrooms!

  • According to the United States Department of Agriculture (, Americans consume about three pounds of fresh Agaricus mushrooms each year.
  • More than 97% of mushrooms, including popular Portobello and White Button varieties, produced in the United States are considered Agaricus.
  • The per capita consumption of Agarics mushrooms has increased by almost 22% from 2010 to 2017.
  • It increased each year since 2013 with a slight dip in consumption in 2017.

Mushroom production and consumption - US

Source: USDA, Economic Research Service Vegetables and Pulses Yearbook tables.

Mushrooms Provide “Umami” Flavor

First named by a Japanese scientist, umami is often described as “nutty” or “meaty.”Meaning “pleasant savory taste” in Japanese, it can also be found in anchovies, Parmesan cheese and seaweed, to name a few foods.

Umami is classified as a basic taste, in addition to sweet, sour, salty and bitter.

(Wondering how to pronounce Umami? Here’s some help from our friends at Cambridge Dictionary)

Types of Mushrooms

Despite the popularity of the Agaricus mushroom, there are plenty more delicious varieties to choose from, such as, Crimini, Maitaki, Shiitake, Morels, Enoki and oyster. With so many different types of mushrooms and their different flavor profiles,  possibilities for recipes are endless. The Mushroom Council provides a handy chart that helps you “Get to Know Your ‘Shrooms”.

Get to know different types of mushrooms


How Do You Make Your Own Mushroom Stock?

Making your own mushroom stock, broth or base is a simple process. It doesn’t take as much time as traditional bone broth, and offers a more robust depth of flavor compared with vegetable varieties.

Most recipes call for a large amount of mushrooms (stems are acceptable to use too) and vegetables including leeks, onions and garlic or even carrots. Herbs and spices such as bay leaves, parsley and thyme round out the recipe.

But some ingredients might require a special trip to the grocery store and mushrooms can be an expensive purchase. Using a mushroom base or stock concentrate, that’s easily stored in the refrigerator or freezer, to directly add to your recipes or to make into stock or broth is a timesaving and cost-effective alternative.

How do you make mushroom stock for pennies per serving?

Just add water! Simply mix ¾ teaspoon of Cook’s Delight® mushroom base with 8 ounces of boiling water. One pound of mushroom base converts into 5 ½ gallons of mushroom stock or broth – a total of twenty-two 32-oz. boxes! Check out the video and see just how easy it is to make mushroom stock.

Ways to Use Mushroom Base, Stock and Broth?

  • Use mushroom stock or broth as a part or full substitute for liquids in recipes, such as for water when cooking rice.
  • Add mushroom base directly to recipes that need less liquid but more flavor.
  • Mushroom stock or broth is delicious as a sauce over rice or pasta.
  • Consume mushroom stock and broth as a hot or cold drink, enjoying the tasty robust flavor.
  • Substitute the mushroom variety for chicken broth or stock in plant-based diets.
  • Using mushroom base allows you to make the precise amount needed for a recipe without leftover stock that will spoil if unused.

A Few Easy Recipes To Make with Mushroom Base

The Benefits of this Base are Mushrooming!

There are many benefits of using mushroom base to make mushroom stock or broth. Most notably are:

  • Spend pennies per serving for mushroom base compared to mushroom stock or broth.
  • Get 90 servings with one pound of mushroom base and only two servings with one pound of pre-packaged liquid stock or broth.
  • Liquid mushroom stock lasts 4-14 days, depending on the stock. Mushroom base has a shelf-life of up to 18
  • Save on warehouse, cooler and freezer space with mushroom base. A 50-lb pail of soup base takes up less spaced than the equivalent 283 gallons of soup broth or stock.

Who Uses Mushroom Base?

Soup base works in all recipes from home kitchens to foodservices operations to industrial formulas. Soups bases and flavor concentrates give your recipes a consistent, predictable flavor profile. Take the guesswork out of quality management and save labor too. Convenient pack sizes and shelf-stable products allow uses to source the amount needed without worrying about shortage or storage.

Health trends change and so do our products. With the addition of our new line of Zero Sugar Bases, Cooks Delight provides an option for professional chefs wanting to control the sugar in their culinary creations.  Available in chicken, beef and vegetable (both organic and conventional) varieties, the bases are gluten free with no MSG, no Big 8 allergens and no trans fats. These clean label products conform to the guidelines of many popular zero sugar diets as well as KETO, vegan and low carb.

Submit a request for your sample. These bases are a perfect addition to your distribution product line, especially if healthcare providers are a key demographic in your customer base.



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