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Jun 1, 2009 09:42 AM

Aroma of Ground Pork Cooking

I made bolognese sauce over the weekend. I make it with ground pork and ground sirloin. Hubby said that the smell of the ground pork cooking was BAD, similar to a stinky fish. The bolognese tasted fantastic BTW, so it left me wondering.

I know the pork was fresh, and it did give off a rather distinctive, not so chowish smell while cooking. Anyone else have a similar experience? What could be the cause? How can it be prevented?


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  1. Where are you located? I found after living in the States for a long time, I didn't like the smell of the pork my parents (who lived in SW Ontario) got while it was cooking - but it tasted good. Could be a function of the feed.

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    1. re: buttertart

      HI- We live in the SF Valley area of Los Angeles. I guess I should check with the store manager and find out where they procure their pork. No boar, please!

    2. You might have had boar meat in the grind.

      I had heard of this phenomena, before, but realized it was true when the off-smell I experienced coincided with serving the final product to an old farm boy....."You got sold some boar, here!"

      1. I find that simmering pork just has a "different" odor. Nuke some cut lemon or vinegar and set on the counter next time. What matters is the great taste!

        1. I occasionally cook a piece of pork that just smells like dead pig. I haven't been able to figure out where this comes from, as my local grass-fed producers are the same. It's really off-putting, though.

          1. The one time I used pork, I did have an offputting smell... I just do cubed chuck bolognese, now.