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Jul 10, 2013 09:14 PM

Smelling your food before you take a bite

I don't know why, but It creeps me out if someone smells their food on their fork before putting it in their mouth. Is this normal behavior? I'm talking about someone doing it before every bite of food. Why keep doing it? Has anyone else observed this?

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  1. Joe Bastianich. Master Chef. Almost.Every.Single.Taste. I want to reach through the television screen and slap him silly.

    1. Every oyster. Every time. Had a couple of bad ones the last few years and that's the kind of flavor that makes you want to huddle in a dark corner with your blankie all night. I do try to be quick and undramatic.

      I think the chronic every-bite-sniffers may have a a bit of obsessive behavior (and I used to be a burner-knob-checker and doorknob-jiggler, so I can relate lol).

      1. I remember that was a Hawkeye Pierce quirk on MASH, although considering what they were usually fed that was probably a good policy

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        1. Just all raw seafood, shrimp, oysters, clams and sushi. Better safe than very, very, very sorry.

          *edit I guess shrimp isn't raw so perhaps I should say all seafood served raw or chilled.

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          1. re: jrvedivici

            the shrimp ceviche is, in many restaurants, more of a raw dish than a cooked dish.

            1. re: jrvedivici

              I wish there were better sushi restaurants available overall. A truly professional sushi chef would never serve something stale. I've actually had one refuse to serve me a scallop dish when he discovered the diver scallop wasn't up to par to serve raw (they were still in the shell, he discovered the problem as he opened it up) and instead offered something else. If only all sushi chefs would do that. Nothing is worse than a mouthful of half-rotten fish.

            2. I like to sniff fruit in the grocery store which I always wondered if someone thought it odd but it's a great way to pick out the ripe peaches.

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              1. re: fldhkybnva

                As long as you're buying what your sniffing that's fine. Just walking around sniffing random fruit without buying it, kinda weird!

                1. re: jrvedivici

                  If an apple smells like an apple, I put it back because that means it's either mealy or too sweet, usually both.

                  It's perfectly acceptable to smell your produce before buying it. Smelling every bite of prepared food, especially in someone's house, that's a little odd.

                  1. re: Isolda

                    What if the apple smelled like an orange? ;-)

                    I smell fruit (mostly melons) too, I was just teasing about smelling random fruit and not buying any.

                    1. re: Isolda

                      Yea, I don't usually smell food directly as you smell is as it approaches your mouth and when you eat it usually.

                    2. re: jrvedivici

                      Very true, that would be odd. But if it doesn't smell ripe or good, I don't buy that particular fruit move on to one of it's neighbors.