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Nope, Jamon Serrano should not smell bad. It can be normal for it to have mold on the very outer surface, which is generally harmless and can just be scrubbed off, but a foul smell means that there is something wrong. I'm afraid your ham is trash.


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I would assume that this depends highly on the exact source of the aroma/smell. One extreme is the highly volatile components of essential oils found in many fruits, berries, spices and herbs, which are the main source of their respective aromas or smells. It is easily observed that especially spices and dried herbs loose their aroma over time, which is ...


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Microbiologist here. That meat is clearly spoiled, please don't eat it. While you could clean the mold off the outside, the discoloration and smell suggests that other microbes are at work too. Save yourself the intestinal pain and just toss it out.


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As others have said, your jamon is almost certainly spoiled.However, I wouldn't throw it out just yet. I assume you bought this jamon recently, or at least close enough to this moment that it hasn't turned spoiled while in your possession. If this is the case, it was likely already spoiled while in the store, which means the store essentially sold you a ...


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Raw meat should not have a smell to it. When it has an odour to it it is a sure sign that it is starting to spoil. Blood will spoil quicker and some rare conditions causes the smell on the meat. Washing it off helps to reduce the odour but it is best to just toss it out to avoid being made sick by eating it. Salmonella enterica infected chickens will ...


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The mold is growing and producing that smell. Mold spores form on ALL bread when it is exposed to air. That's why it takes a few days for the mold to actually be visible. The mold doesn't just instantly grow, it "forms" over a few days and when enough of it accumulates, you see it. Bread with preservatives, have a longer shelf life because they contain a ...


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These soaps are simply soap-shaped lumps of stainless steel. You'd get the same results from rubbing a spoon on your hand, or rubbing your hands on the sink. There's a ton of anecdotal evidence that stainless steel works; unfortunately there seems to be very little scientific evidence backing it up. I've never read any in the past, nor was I able to find ...


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If we're talking about a solid, four pound cut of beef - the only flavor you're ever really going to get is on the exterior and just a little bit into the interior of the meat. That said, cooking in the spices/components you list still may provide liquid gold. I would simply take some of the liquid that's leftover in the slow cooker after the roast has ...


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Was the deep fryer below anything? Cabinet, Vent Hood? Those areas could be probably be cleaned to help. This happens to me in my house when I fry up bacon. The only solution is fresh air and ventilation. I open a couple of windows, get a nice cross-breeze and it should dissipate over a couple of hours.


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I have had this happen and have received conflicting answers. Some say the chicken is off. However, when Amazon Fresh (local grocery delivery service) ships chicken, they include a message that the gases used to pack the chicken may smell like sulfur but that this should dissipate quickly. I have had chicken where the smell went away quickly and times when ...


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Sourdough starters are rarely completely ruined, unless you're growing significant amounts of mold or something. It is possible that your refrigerated "break" early in establishing your starter ended up hurting the yeast population and accidentally selected for something else (perhaps undesirable bacteria) that is now growing and creating odd odors. It's ...


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Roasting garlic tends to make it sweeter and milder in flavour yes. It will not be completely undetectable, but it is certainly less strong than sautéed garlic.


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The green from the picture looks.. strange. I'd expect a brand/tattoo, but not a green spot like that. It should also not be dry and flaky. It has been cured with salt, so that may be what you're seeing. Some hams will smell weird right out of the packaging. I don't think I've experienced one as bad as you're describing, though, but it could be the mold. I ...


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The strongest smells in mayonnaise should be vinegar and egg. There shouldn't be any yeast, and therefore any yeast smell, so that is a bit concerning. I am not sure what might imitate a yeast smell. I don't know how to counter the smell since I am not sure what the origination of the smell is. Does it taste okay? Is the texture okay? I do find that ...


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Of course the smell will go away, given enough time. The question is exactly how long you can tolerate it, which only you can judge. Durian actually has a remarkably fascinating smell, featuring a huge range of aromatic compounds including some that haven't been identified in any other produce. (This link is unfortunately behind a paywall, and I haven't ...


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If these were not food-safe/toy-safe bins, it is likely softeners/plasticizers from the plastic materials gassing out and migrating into the ingredients. These can be phtalates or other petrochemical/organic compounds, and if in doubt, they are as unsafe in food as gasoline would be. I certainly would not want to give anything that has taken on enough of ...


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Since you didn't heat the glass after adding the newly chopped radishes, any bacteria on the radishes weren't killed. The solution (sour and salty) should reduce growth of bacteria, but in this case this wasn't enough. Next time remember to heat the picles according to standard pickling instructions.


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I believe the fat in your cashews is becoming rancid. That would most likely be caused by oxidation. Exposure to air is the chief culprit. However, exposure to light or heat could also accelerate this. I'd wager you got a jar of nuts that wasn't quite sealed. Have you had this problem before with other jars of these nuts? 1-2 weeks is an abnormally short ...


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Leftover rice is one of the most common causes of food poisoning. Once cooked it needs to be immediately cooled down if you aren't going to eat it straight away, and it needs to be kept cold until reheated. Reheating should be a quick process that doesn't allow it to sit for a long time at a lukewarm temperature.


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"The smell of the sea" as romanticised by those of us who visit the shore infrequently, is really that of rotting seaweed & dead sea animals... So, that aside, which aspect of "the smell of the sea" are you really trying to recreate? It could be as simple as 'make it smell a bit fishy' for which almost any South East Asian fish sauce will do. [It will ...


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The fishy smell comes from amines - you want a low pH substance to take the smell away, like lemon juice or vinegar. Some brands of "shower cleaner" will do the trick. Bicarbonate of soda absorbs "general" odors, but it is alkaline and not the best choice in this case.


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Well first off, most slow cookers don't have a gasket. So its not a problem for them. Rubber can often times take on strong smell. I would consider buying one without a gasket - I don't think its a majorly useful feature personally. Or, consider buying the more versatile enameled Dutch oven (there are some very affordable, excellent ones) . Yes, most don'...


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When using a hood you need to think about where the fresh air comes in to replace the extracted air. It has to come from somewhere. If the rest of the house is completely sealed the fan will be useless. Opening ventilation close to the source of the smell can mean that air is drawn from the inlet to the hood bypassing the cooking. So what I find most ...


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Nothing's penetrated the teflon, what's happened here is that you haven't got all the fat off, garlic smell is fat soluble so it's remaining with a small film still on the pot. Put some dish soap right into it, then rub it all over the insert with damp fingers, then rinse, that should get rid of the fat. Sometimes washing with soapy water doesn't get rid of ...


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Lemon juice neutralizes smells very well. Apply to hands in order to remove fishy smell, and to remove smell from enclosed space such as kitchen, squeeze lemon into spray bottle with some water and spray around room.


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The initial statement is too broad. It is not true that room temperature / cold coffee tastes awful. It is highly dependent on how good the roasted coffee is. This is why coffee cuppers drink coffee at room temperature. ANY defects in the coffee are amplified as it cools. This is why almost everyone likes hot coffee. Unless you have really good coffee, you ...


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The very best option would be to cook sous vide; that way all of the aroma will stay in the bag. You don't need any special equipment. We don't have a recipe for grains specifically, but there is a good, free intro to cooking sous vide with just ZipLoc bags and a pot on the stove here: https://www.chefsteps.com/classes/sous-vide-cooking/landing#/ If that ...


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Beetroots do have an earthy smell, that's normal and can get stronger if you just cook them in water. I can think of two approaches to work with this: Try roasting them in an oven (optional: wrapped in some aluminum foil) until tender. They will develop a sweetness whith perhaps some earthy undertones. Add an acidic component like vinager or lemon juice to ...


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This apparently is normal for at least some GE ovens, as can be gleaned from Consumer Affairs complaints filed by Gary of Port Angeles, WA, Eileen of Henderson, NV, and Susan of Portland, OR. In two of the three complaints the smoke became intense enough even to discolor the oven-door glass. (A good deal can be inferred from that, but doesn't need to ...


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Serrano ham has a much "milder" and nuttier taste than regular prosciutto. That is the beauty of the Serrano - made from a heritage breed of a specific type of hog, fed delicious nuts - the ham is mild, delicious, and should literally melt on your mouth - Anthony Bourdain likes to smear it across his lips too before devouring each piece, so you could do it ...


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