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Jamon Serrano smells awful

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 ...
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My sourdough starter is going wrong in every possible way

If it has mold on it then it needs to be thrown away, you are unlikely to salvage it. Once a sourdough starter goes wrong it's generally not worth your time to try and save it, just start over.
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Jamon Serrano smells awful

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 ...
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How can I dispose of garlic remnants without making the bin smell?

One option is to stop using the garlic press. This is a tool that results in the waste that you describe, plus it takes time to clean after use. Instead, just use a knife. With a chef's knife, for ...
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Jamon Serrano smells awful

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 ...
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How can I dispose of garlic remnants without making the bin smell?

Personally, I use a small extra container with a well-closing lid and a handle for food waste like fruit and vegetable peels, meat chunks I don't want to eat, etc., about 7 litres of volume. Because ...
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Why does rice go bad next day?

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 ...
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Why does my roast beef smell wonderful but tastes bland?

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 ...
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Moldy bread smell but no mold?

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 ...
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How can I dispose of garlic remnants without making the bin smell?

This may not be practical for dishes where the garlic is not cooked (e.g. salad dressings) but at least while cooking I typically just add the remnant to the food along with the pressed garlic, so ...
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Why does rice go bad next day?

Rice can be a very dangerous food. It's always been recommended to me very strongly by my in-laws (Japanese, the family all together eats close to 1kg of rice a day) that rice, if not going to be ...
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Jamon Serrano smells awful

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 ...
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Why does rice go bad next day?

Still dont think that should cause it to go bad so soon as Ive always That's the problem with your line of thought, right there. Your rice has always been unsafe. For safe rice, you have to cool ...
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Sourdough starter began acting strange after storing in fridge

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 ...
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Does roasted garlic leave no aftertaste and smell

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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How do I get rid of plastic smell in rice / pasta?

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/...
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How long will durian smell linger?

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 ...
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My sourdough starter is going wrong in every possible way

As others have said, if it's mouldy throw it out and start again. These hints might help you be more successful next time: thoroughly clean and sanitise the jar and all the implements (spoons etc) ...
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How can I dispose of garlic remnants without making the bin smell?

I've never used one myself (I normally just chop or squash garlic with a knife), but how about a garlic rocker? You can use all of the garlic without having to spend ages extracting it from the press. ...
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How can I prevent my house from smelling like the food I've cooked for hours afterwards?

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 ...
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How to reproduce the smell of the ocean in cooking?

"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 ...
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How can I dispose of garlic remnants without making the bin smell?

This sort of thing was one reason I switched to using a small bin in the kitchen. Not just garlic and onion scraps, but blue cheese packaging, which is probably even worse. Now I have the same ...
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How can I dispose of garlic remnants without making the bin smell?

Put the remnants in an old jar in the freezer until its time to dispose of it. The reduced "vapour pressure" from freezing the pungent remnants (reducing oil vapour pressure) will reduce ...
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How can I dispose of garlic remnants without making the bin smell?

Put the garlic remains, along with onion skins, carrot tops, celery bottoms, broccoli stems, and other vegetable waste in a plastic bag or other container in the freezer. When full, put it in a crock ...
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What happened to my frozen yeast?

TIL that there are organisms which not only survive temperatures under 0 Celsius, but are able to actively live in that range, as opposed to just hibernating. Nevertheless, I doubt that baker's yeast ...
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Why does my roast beef smell wonderful but tastes bland?

We walked in the door and the delicious aroma filled the whole house. This is actually a strong hint as to what might be going wrong. Whenever you smell a delicious aroma during cooking, that's ...
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Slow cooker lid gasket smell

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 ...
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Getting onion/garlic smell out of rice cooker

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 ...
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Is there any food ingredient that tastes like diesel smells?

Retsina immediately springs to mind; it's a fortified wine stored in pitch-sealed barrels, and it develops a slightly kerosene-like aroma from that. Certain tequilas and mezcals also have a subtle ...
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Cooking Buckwheat without the smell

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 ...
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