Are there any recipes specially for mushrooms that are on their way out, like making banana bread from over-ripe bananas?

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    How are your mushrooms spoiling? If I store mine well-aired, they do not spoil but just dry out. If I store them packaged, they do change texture to become somewhat slimy, but by that time, they are already moldy so I toss them out. – rumtscho Aug 12 '13 at 10:37
  • I rent, and with my apartment came a pretty humid refrigerator. Living in Norway I typically get mushrooms in a perforated plastic container, which I leave them in until I've used them. Perhaps just an open bowl or something would be better. – ryanjdillon Aug 12 '13 at 14:14

It depends what you mean by "on their way out". If they are just starting to develop a slimy sheen, cook them as soon as possible - much more than that and you'll want to throw them away.

In this state they should be OK to slice into sauces like bolognese.

You could cut them into a very fine dice and gently fry in butter. The resulting delicious black mush is a good omelette filling, or you can refrigerate/freeze it to use later as an umami additive for sauces.

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I like to make stock with them. Here's one recipe I use:


I think Bittman also has a specifically mushroom stock recipe in How To Cook Everything Vegetarian...

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    Making stock is a great way to use up lots of things that are on their way out. – SourDoh Aug 17 '13 at 18:35

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