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How do you remove garlic smells from your fingers?

I've heard touching stainless steel after chopping and handling garlic helps but I haven't found it to work all that well.
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Jamon Serrano smells awful

I don't know a thing about cured ham, but I just opened this ham, and while I realize a cured ham probably has a peculiar smell, I can't imagine this horrific stench being intended. My entire ...
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Is it true that smell is lost flavor?

This is a maxim that I hear frequently, especially as a defense of cooking methods that don't produce a lot of aroma: if the aroma is in the air, it means it's left the food. As an example, some ...
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How do I get the burnt aroma off burnt food?

I sometimes burn the bottom of the pan due to carelessness or not stirring enough. The burnt smell tends to persist even after I seperate out the un-burnt bits. Is there any way to fix this?
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Do some fish smell "fishier"? Why?

I've heard some say that fish only smells offensive if it's old. But my experience suggests that some fish, like salmon, are simply "fishier" and that the smell can put some people off. Is that right? ...
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Chicken smells like eggs

I purchased some fresh chicken a few weeks ago and immediately froze it. Today I took it out and put it into boiling water to start making soup. Before I added anything else, the whole room started to ...
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How do I eliminate a lingering smell of fried food?

Some great friends of ours cooked us an amazing meal in our home three nights ago. The meal included gourmet french fries cooked in a home use deep fryer. While the fries were outstanding the ...
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Odour removing metallic soap: what is it and how does it work?

When browsing for kitchen tools, I found a metallic soap. It's purpose is to remove any (food) odour from your hands. Here's a cheap ($2.55) example. I am unfamiliar with this. Does anyone have any ...
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how to curb the smell of fish?

More specifically while cooking it indoors. My girlfriend hates seafood and hates the smell, is there anything I can do to get this smell to go away faster or reduce its potent aroma when cooking ...
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How can I dispose of garlic remnants without making the bin smell?

If I use a garlic press, there is a remnant of crushed garlic which needs to be disposed of. However, I usually find that this then makes the whole bin (trash can) smell of garlic until I empty it, ...
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How to get rid of the smell from the fridge? [closed]

Storing various meals and products in fridge (or freezer) can result in mixing different flavours, which isn't that great. What are your best practises to avoid the smell?
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Smell Something Burning. Course of action?

What do I do when I smell something burning in my pot of mutton in gravy? Stirring is the best way to prevent this but what if some charring has already taken place? Wouldn't it be better not to stir ...
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How do you get the smell of fish off your hands?

(Especially the smell of smoked eel.) I tried washing with soap, lemon juice, a metal spoon, but nothing really seems to work. Washing with soap multiple times throughout the day will get it off ...
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Slow cooker lid gasket smell

I bought a Hamilton Beach slow cooker a while ago. I never had success with it since all the stuff that I made didn't smell good. I finally figured out that it was the rubber gasket on the lid that ...
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How to remove smell from plastic lid?

A set of Ikea glass jars are used for home counter top food storage. One of them was temporarily used to store bars of soap. Now it is wanted back in the kitchen. The plastic in the lid is retaining ...
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Soak meat in water to get rid of smell? [duplicate]

Some of my Asian friends soak their beef stew meat in water or even boil it to "get rid of the blood and the bad smell", as they say. It is my understanding that the red juices in the meat is not ...
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My sourdough starter is going wrong in every possible way

I have been feeding my sourdough starter daily for just over two weeks and everything is constantly going wrong. At first water was sitting on the top, then it started smelling of nail varnish, and ...
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Sourdough starter began acting strange after storing in fridge

I recently began developing a sourdough starter and it seemed much easier than it sounded - within a few days it was growing well and smelled good (like yeasty bread dough). On about day 5 or 6, I had ...
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How do I remove boar taint (from a wooden handle)?

So, I made the mistake of using my beautiful cleaver (that has a wooden handle) to cleave some particularly pungent pigs’ trotters, and for the next year, no matter how many times I’ve washed it with ...
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Moldy bread smell but no mold?

I have Nickles brand multigrain bread. 2 slices of it are just stale. The others though smell moldy but I don't see any mold whatsoever on any of the slices. They taste strange too. This I know ...
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When does the new home oven/stove smell go away?

Our last stove broke and our landlord had to replace it. We got one from GE Hotpoint and it seems like an OK stove. It's a gas model. We have had it for a few months now but haven't been able to ...
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How to combat odor from pickled radishes inside refrigerator?

I know the question is related to How to get rid of the smell from the fridge?. At the same time, I am curious about possible additives as part of the pickling that may help reduce the odor. So I didn'...
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Does roasted garlic leave no aftertaste and smell

I saw in a recipe book by the Grill company Weber where they claimed that if you roast a garlic over medium heat in the grill, until it becomes pulp, and then slather it on your baguette and eat it, ...
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New oven still puts out terrible odor 5 days after buying?

I recently bought a new convection oven/microwave/grill combo made by Sharp. The user manual said for first time use to run the convection oven at max heat (230C) for 1 hour, which produced a verybad ...
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Why does my roast beef smell wonderful but tastes bland?

My crockpot roast beef has the best aroma ever but the flavor of the finished product is only average. I had a 4 pound tri-tip roast and seasoned it with the usual onion, garlic, worcestershire sauce, ...
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How to suppress bad breath after eating garlic or onion

How can I suppress bad breath after eating garlic or onion?
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Why do my stored cashews smell like fish?

I have a 30 Oz plastic jar of Roasted, Unsalted Archer Farms Cashew Nuts. I've noticed that after having it 'open' for a week or two (i.e. the lid is tightly screwed onto the jar, but the initial ...
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How can I get rid of garlic breath? [closed]

I personally do not enjoy eating garlic, but some people in my family do. I really dislike the smell, and I care for them. I do not want to be rude, but if I can have some help on how to get rid of ...
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How do you remove strong garlic odor from enclosed space (garage)?

I dehydrated garlic in my garage a couple of days ago and now I need to remove the strong garlic odor in the garage -- any ideas? I have left the garage door open for hours and have run the ...
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How to remove soil smell from beetroots?

I buy veggies from local store (not organic). When I cook, I get the soil smell from it. How can I avoid it? any precooking process can help? Thanks in advance.
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Why does room temperature coffee taste so bad, even to asnomics?

It's been theorised that room temperature coffee tastes more bitter might be due to the smell sense being activated by hot coffee (particles moving around), which improves the taste. However, as a ...
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How can I package durian flesh so that its fragrance cannot be detected?

How can I package durian flesh so that its fragrance / smell cannot be detected? I tried to package some durian flesh using several layers of ziplocs followed by several layers of plastic bags but it ...
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Cooking Buckwheat without the smell

I have an allergy to buckwheat. My father does not, and subsists on it. When he cooks it (in a glass pot), the whole house smells even as I turn on all the filters to max and open all the windows. ...
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Sardines without the nasty breath?

I recently tried to do more with small canned fish. Despite the stigma, they're cheap and healthy and underutilized--what's not to love? More than 3 hours later, I was mortified to find out that I ...
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How to prevent cheese and certain other products from stinking up my fridge?

Certain food products have a very strong odor, that may not seem annoying at all when I buy them, but become very much apparent after I keep them in the fridge for a few hours. For example these ...
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Are there particular palate cleansers for particular foods?

Whilst buying perfume for my wife, the assistant kept offering us a glass of coffee beans to 'cleanse our olfactory palate' in between smelling fragrances. I had heard of 'palate cleansing' before, ...
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why does toast smell and taste different than bread?

Besides the obvious fact that toast has less moisture due the toasting process, how is it different than regular bread? Why does bread taste different in toasted form than it regularly does?
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What makes overcooked fish smell?

The best I have found is the following: "The house-permeating “fishy” aroma of cooked fish appears to involve a group of volatile molecules formed by fatty-acid fragments reacting with TMAO (...
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Why does rice go bad next day?

I'm using a rice cooker to cook rice and I find the very next day it starts to increasing smell bad and I feel like puking just smelling it. Not sure what the cause is but the rice cooker has started ...
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How long will durian smell linger?

My housemate just brought home a durian. I remember smelling one of these from four floors up in a dormitory years ago and it was overpowering but I don't remember if it faded away quickly or not. ...
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How can I prevent my house from smelling like the food I've cooked for hours afterwards?

Often when I cook on the stove top, it will involve something fragrant like garlic, onions, seared meat, etc. I'm fine with smelling it while it cooks, but it seems to permeate the air and linger for ...
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How do I get rid of mayonnaise smell?

Today for the first time, I tested classic egg mayonnaise. All I can say that it smelled strongly like yeast! Is there a way to get rid of that smell? Do mayonnaise in general have that smell? ...
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How do I get rid of plastic smell in rice / pasta?

I bought a number of bags of rice and pasta and stored it in a plastic bin in the basement. I recently grabbed one of those bags of rice and it smells gross, like plastic. Everything in the bin smells ...
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Reason(s) for poor bread results

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to be gifted a standing mixer. My first project was James Beard's white bread. The end characteristics that I wish to improve on were: When attempting to de-...
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Getting onion/garlic smell out of rice cooker

I used my rice cooker for rice with pork, onion and garlic. I washed it well twice but it still smells of pork and onion. It seems like the fat from the meat permeated the teflon (slightly scratched). ...
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What spicy ingredients hit the sinuses?

My sinuses are constantly congested. I know some spices can help with clearing them. However, I also know that some types of spice affect my nose and sinuses while others merely burn my mouth (not ...
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How can i make food have a more desirable smell?

I am cooking a wrap with avocado, chicken and vegetables such as carrots, cucumber, capsicum, red onion etc. However, once I make these, they don't have any smells to it. So I was wondering how do I ...
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How to cook whitebait without overcooking?

I think I keep on overcooking whitebait. Here is what I am doing: Quickly bring water to a boil, lower to simmer, Add whitebait(which may remove simmer since food lowers temp), move heat to high ...
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Am I overcooking whitebait in water by using scum as a measure for doneness?

I understand that small fish like whitebait should be cooked in two minutes and anything above is probably overcooking. Of course a better guide is to go by temperature and the fish being opaque. ...
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cake smells bad of egg, is dense and rubbery

This was the first time bake a cake (basic sponge cake) with an electric beater. The final result was that the cake was smelling very bad of eggs, it was was very dense and rubbery. I dont see this ...