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How to get rid of that awful fish smell!!

Monica Mar 19, 2007 09:04 AM

I love pan fried whole fish but its awful smell prevents me from making it.
I burn candles and open all the windows in the house but the whole house smells like a big fried fish. Help!! There must be a better way that I don't know about.

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    fauchon Mar 19, 2007 12:57 PM

    Burning a lampe berger works as well as anything I've tried. I start it a few minutes before I cook the fish & use a sage-citrus oil from an on-line seller...really helps keep the smell down...

    1. farmersdaughter Mar 19, 2007 12:47 PM

      Simmer cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and crushed whole nutmeg in a small saucepan for a few hours, replenishing the water as necessary.

      1. DanaB Mar 19, 2007 12:08 PM

        There have been a couple of threads on this topic in the past month or so. Here are some links for your reference:

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/368755

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/376100

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          pamd Mar 19, 2007 11:38 AM

          What about when making egg salad- my son loves it but my husband hates the smell....any thoughts?

          I've tried the lemon in disposal, didn't quite do it

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            FoxyWiles Mar 19, 2007 01:18 PM

            You have to hard boil your eggs properly. Doing it right won't cause that sulfur smell. You are probably overcooking them. Put eggs in pot and barely cover with water. Bring to a boil and take pot off of burner and cover. Let sit for maximum 20 minutes. Then cool the eggs in ice water.

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            FoxyWiles Mar 19, 2007 10:39 AM

            Vinegar neutralizes the smell. Put a small bowl of white vinegar next to your stove.

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              mojoeater Mar 19, 2007 09:06 AM

              A great way to freshen your kitchen is to put a half a lemon in your garbage disposal. And be sure to clean the fish pan right away!

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