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Jul 9, 2013 11:33 PM

Unpleasant smells from cooked meats

Hello, I'm new here. I've never been much of a cook, but I want to learn. One thing I would like to resolve(something that has perplexed me) is why do some cooked meats emit a very unappetizing smell? I don't want to gross anyone out, but it's sort of a fecal smell. It's very light, but definitely present at times. I've smelled it in beef, chicken, and pork in the past. I've smelled it in frozen dinners and freshly cooked meats. I've smelled it in diners and nicer restaurants. I haven't encountered it regularly, but on several occasions over the years. At one time I thought it might have had something to do with the cooking process, but I just don't know. I've tried to look up info on this and I've read of others having the same experience, but I can't seem to find a definitive answer. Is there any way to avoid this problem when preparing meat?

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  1. Sorry. Can't help you with the meat thing. Cooked meat smells wonderful to me. Feces doesn't. Overcooked collard greens, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts are another story though.

    1. I haven't smelled a smell with raw meats I associate with fecal, but perhaps using marinades or dry rubs on your meats will help you get past the smell.

      1. Cook something fragrant first, or at the same time you are cooking meat. Vegetable side with garlic, ginger, onion..,

        1. Are there any meats in particular you notice this with? I'm not familiar. Fish can sometimes leave an odor, but I love the smell of most cooked meats even the "stench" of the collards, broccoli and sprouts.

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          1. re: fldhkybnva

            I don't smell it on a regular basis in anything, but I have noticed it in various products....sausage, grilled pork chops, steaks, ground hamburger, grilled chicken. I've never smelled it in anything fried before. I do notice some fish gives off an odd smell, but what I'm talking about is a very different scent. The various ways I've encountered the same smell led me to believe it had something to do with the cooking process maybe? Or perhaps some sort of bacteria in the meat that wasn't done away with properly?

          2. Grass fed meat will have a more how should I put it--- Carcass smell to can be quite unpleasent also of course game meats will have a strong smell. tenderizers that a mold like ingredient similar to cheese... some cuts are closer to the organs like the livers and kidneys.... but fecel? the only thing I can think is if you buy your meat in those packages that have those styrofome plates under it and it sealed up in plastic rather than at a butcher shop the meat doesnt get oxygen this can cause cause a weird stuff like off flavor and bad smell flavor/aftertaste it has to do with gases used in packaging, residual oxygen and reactons to the enymes. You are suppouse remove the meat when you get it home and store it in a different container and let it sit at room temperature or in the fridge for a certain amount of time cooking

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            1. re: girloftheworld

              I mostly eat grass fed beef and lamb and never really smelled anything other than beef or lamb. I'll keep notice though as perhaps it's there but I never stopped to note the difference in smells.

              1. re: girloftheworld

                I read something similar to this on other sites. I've yet to find a consensus, but some have mentioned grass fed beef and issues with packaging. What's strange is that I've smelled this scent in various types of meat. I actually remember the first time I ever sensed it because it was only a few years ago. I was eating a sausage and pasta dish at a college dining hall and it leaped out at me as soon as I put the first piece of sausage to my mouth. I don't ever remember smelling that when I was growing up or even cooking on my own. It's just been in recent years and only on occasion.