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Jul 19, 2009 05:12 PM

Protecting some foods from refrigerator odors? What odors? My ref doesn't have ODORS!

People have posted about the need to protect some foods from refrigerator odors. What're those? I don't have durian and unwashed socks in my refrigerator. What odors will my cheese left out on a small plate in the ref pick up? I sniff around in there, but have yet to detect any off or foul odors.

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  1. I have put half an onion in a ziploc and popped it in the veg bin and have smelled it the next day,not over whelming but still there it was

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    1. re: pikiliz

      I wrap and tightly twist shut the occasional onion half in palstic wrap to minimize contact with air.

        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

          I do onion halves, limburger the same way, with Saran Wrap. Even my pet waste until pickup day is Saran wrapped in the freezer- things get a little odoriferous here in the Florida summer otherwise.

          1. re: Veggo

            My dad always kept his limburger in a glass jar. wrapped in plastic and then put in the jar.

          2. re: Sam Fujisaka

            I either wrap the occasional onion half in foil or put it in a ziploc bag. Have never encountered any odors as a result of that.

          3. re: pikiliz

            On an impulse buy, I picked up a tupperware half onion/tomato holder and love it. You hang it on the shelf so you don't lose half an onion (which I did too often) and it's reusable.


          4. My cohabitant complains that the smell of my awesome Hooligan cheese permeates the fridge and is gross. So I have to wrap it in wax paper AND stash it in a plastic pint container (what the hell do we call generic Tupperware?). To me, it is an aroma. To him, it is a stink. Chacun à son odeur.

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            1. re: small h

              My last cohabitant would have just eaten the cheese. That's why I wrap cheeses the same way - so thay won't give themselves away.

              1. re: small h

                Perhaps buy your "cohabitant" a little dorm fridge and he/she can store his/her own freakin' food.

                I'm with Sam. I must have six to eight different cheeses in the fridge right now. No odor --- and I have a VERY sensitive nose - just ask my husband. Get a life, nosey-people.

                1. re: c oliver

                  The complaints are annoying, but less annoying than coming home to find my cheese has disappeared into someone's gullet! Sam practices stealth; I rely on aversion.

              2. Hey, I leave my kim chi in an open, uncovered bowl and everything else, including my limburger cheese smells just like kin chi. I love kin chi flavored butter for my scrambled eggs.

                1. Sometimes ours smells like rotten food. I don't clean it out too often. I wrap EVERYTHING, except takeout/to go things are already packaged. I don't re-wrap them. I keep everything else in zip-locks. Still, I think something died in there! I don't like to throw things away.

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                  1. re: Scargod

                    You and Janey should compare notes. My mom is classic for the "what's that smell in the fridge" game because something forgotten has died/grown mold there. YUCK! I suppose you have one of those freezers so stuffed that things come flying out. Thank god it skips a generation--my mom and her sister both had the attack freezers, likely to spring flying frozen meat to hit you right in the toe. Owwwwww!

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