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Nov 19, 2013 03:44 PM

Musty carrots or thyme?

Made a soup this morning. When I was sauntering everything it had a funny smell. I thought I burnt the thyme with the onions I was sauteeing. But as I walk in - the soup has a funny dusty, mouldy smell. Simple soup - onion, garlic, thyme, salt, pepper. Carrots, white beans (canned), ham hocks. As I type this I'm wondering I it was the carrots. I noticed it when I only had onions, garlic, thyme and carrots in the skillet. Nothing was obviously bad. Anyway- does not smell right at all. Any ideas??

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  1. I've noticed thyme has that aroma on occasion. I even detected it from the sample at the Penzeys store (and that one must be fresh). It's kind of put me off thyme and I try not to use it, or substitute some other spice. It's a musty, moldy smell and taste.

    Maybe it's an individual thing, like people who detect a soapy taste from cilantro (which I don't detect and I like cilantro).

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    1. re: Antilope

      I think thyme smells herbaceous not musty.

      1. re: Antilope

        Well I use a ton of thyme normally. It is perhaps my favorite spice/herb. It was a new container - hmm

      2. It may have been the thyme, if it was a but less than fresh.. like if it had been kept in your fridge after being snipped from the plant? Carrots are such good keepers, I've never wncountered them with a musty smell or taste.

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        1. re: halfpintkitchen

          It was a new thing on dried thyme from Costco. I use a lot of thyme and have never run into this before.
          I may try to cook with it again and if not I will take it back to Costco.

          1. re: DebinD

            Go ahead and take it back now. I keep a small (empty) container of dried/powdered thyme in my spice cabinet, clearly labeled DO NOT GET MORE OF THIS. That musty "gym socks" smell / taste is classic, and unfortunately you may learn that your taste buds have changed -- I used to enjoy thyme (sigh).