rotten potatoes have to be the worst. old meat and fish have nothing on a spoiled raw potato. just thinking about makes me gag a little.
most hated kitchen smell
Steamed cabbage, ugh
Edited by chefedb - 8/25/10 at 6:10am
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I cannot handle the smell of peeled hard boiled eggs.........I have to peel them really fast under running water.
When my husband cooks fish on a high heat and forgets the vent
Steamed mussels ( I eat them, its just the smell )
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I have to go with anything that's spoiled. The trash gets carried out every day, even if the bag isn't full. I'm sure HubbyDearest has no smeller. He doesn't seem to notice any bad odors, but I more than make up for him. I'm with Ed and KCZ on the cabbage, but I do it in the pressure cooker now, so the smell is fairly confined. Same with broccoli and cauliflower...bring to pressure for 30 seconds, then cold water release & it's perfect, yet the odor doesn't have time to penetrate the whole house. (Cabbage takes a little longer unless you cut it fine).
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An egg that's been around since 2 days longer than forever - then one gets opened. Mmmm I love the smell of rotten egg in the morning.
And yeah, rotting pumpkins/potatoes is pretty bad too. Had one pumpkin turn liquid on me once in a forgotten space - yeccch.
But off chicken, fish, or pork is a total gross out too.
I think of all the smells the one that made me gag the worst was the pan of individual orange creme brulees that we left in a turned off oven for a week.
Ohhh that was nasty! How and why it was left there for a week is another story....
The pool of blood that occasionally pools at the bottom of the meat locker and festers producing a lovely smell that lingers in the kitchen for the next half hour.
Old skate. The ammonia smell is unbearable. Of course bad fish, grease traps and other fun things like those can be almost as bad.
I have to agree about the lamb stock but I'll go further and say the smell of any boiling meat. Chicken and lamb especially.
I love eggs but my goodness how awful the smell of a drinking glass that hasn't been washed well after eating an egg breakfast. The rim of the glass has an awful smell.
Ugh... for me, it's tripe parboiling for Tripe a la mode de Caen or whatever. Smells like the worst bad breath you can imagine.
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I would say very old, stale grease....left in the pan with the lid on so no one actually sees it. But after a time, certainly smells it! Dog or cat food doesnt really smell pleasant either.
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Edited by 8Chef - 9/10/10 at 1:02pm
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C'mon Chrose - you can't leave us hanging. Once you start a story - you have to finish it.
The worst smell I ever had was at the Hilton Hotel in Cranston RI the year J&W bought it. I was an 8 week wonder staying there and the cooks left the kitchen, food and all I mean just abandoned this place.I mean soup still in the pots on the stove. We got on the service elevator and somehow found are way done there. It was nasty, and to think we slept over top of this place or 8 weeks.
OH ya this was 1981
Rotten potatoes are bad but I think rotten weeping carrots are worse!
grease traps are bad, i dont like the smell of oven cleaner being sprayed into hot ovens i have to vacate the kitchen it's that toxic.
i hate the smell of fresh Sage too it makes me gip, i love dried sage but fresh is eughh disgusting
Good thing there weren't any maggots >.<