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post #31 of 87
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I worked at really nice hotel and of course every sunday we did brunch. the grill cook had to poach an entire case of eggs every sunday morning. the smell of the water with the vinegar and a case of eggs cooked in it was something very special.

I HATE BRUNCH!

post #32 of 87

The smell of decaying meat shreds after 3 days on a wet cutting board in the sink; smells like feces and ammonia. This nasty concoction is frequently caused by a Newyear's roast and a 2-3 day hangover.

post #33 of 87

overflowing greasetrap. its the only smell so far that has taken me to the brink of puking.

post #34 of 87

I really hate the smell of a fish after cooking.

 

And worse, the smell rotten egg or decaying meat.

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overflowing greasetrap. its the only smell so far that has taken me to the brink of puking.



Well I second that. Being the first one in the kitchen everyday I was there to witness many cleanings of that molten lava like monster lurking under that steel bolted trap. I still don't know how those guys that came to suck out the trap actually had any sence of smell at all ....I guess there's a calling for everyone. And they always seemed to be happy to be there.

now that's attitude!!!!!   

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Well I second that. Being the first one in the kitchen everyday I was there to witness many cleanings of that molten lava like monster lurking under that steel bolted trap. I still don't know how those guys that came to suck out the trap actually had any sence of smell at all ....I guess there's a calling for everyone. And they always seemed to be happy to be there.

now that's attitude!!!!!   


 

 

I third the grease trap stench!

 

 

I have problems with eggs as I'n allergic and even the smell of them can send me into a mild reaction.  Our air exchange is really good so I rarely smell them but every now and then I do when they're in the window and I'm calling board and I have to choke back the urge to gag. 

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post #37 of 87

The posterior breezes from the kitchen boys after a night of hard beer drinking. But I'll take that and the grease trap combined over the smell of Cajun seasoning, especially blackened.

post #38 of 87

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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.


I totally agree... i can't stand how stinky it is.

post #39 of 87

Ugh. Steamed cabbage and rotten potatoes! Just  typing it makes me remember their smell. lol

post #40 of 87

I wouldn't include rotten or spoiled food because that shouldn't be in the kitchen.

 

There are few smells I can't stand-I am a chemist- but I do sometimes find raw fish less thrilling than a lot of other odors.

post #41 of 87

For me, 2 things come to mind:

 

1) Limburger cheese.  Recall way back in 1972 in my teens, babysitting for a Dentist and his wife. Dr. S. would come home for lunch (while I was watching his kids), since his office was about 10 minutes away, only to open some (smelly!) Limburger cheese and put on some Old London melba rounds and then bake/broil in his oven... I had to actually get *out* of the house the smell was soo bad!

 

and

 

2) When my parents cooked their eggs, they always (yuck!!) melted butter in a small frypan on the stove, and when the butter was like browning, they would add the egg on top of it.  That smell - no matter what - was the most gut-wrenching smell I recall and would always give me the dry heaves!!!  My DH today uses non-stick spray and then some Egg-Beaters... with *no* aromas!!

post #42 of 87

Years ago worked with a guy who, at the end of the shift, wouyld change clothes and hang his chef pants up in dry storage, and put them back on th enext shift.

He NEVER washed them.

Working with him, bending down to get something from the lowboy......ugh, by far the worst kitchen smell ever.

We finally burned them out back one day.

He was pissed, but enough was enough.

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post #43 of 87

They day after I cook Thai food in my studio apartment.  I have to leave the apartment for it to affect me,

but when I come back I have to clean everything and throw open the windows.  It's gotta be the fish sauce and jasmine rice.

 

And, for me, it trumps a grease trap and spoiled meat and beer farts.

Those are quickly fixed by removing the obvious offender. 

The day old Thai food smell just lingers...  and lingers.

post #44 of 87

Any off seafood, muscles etc. I worked with a plumber before deciding on hospitality as a career and he always made me get into the grease pits so there no problem with them!

 

Dave

post #45 of 87

I have to say yes grease traps are nasty, rotten potatoes are disgusting but one of the worst is when you go to grab a "tater" and your fingers kinda just go about half way into it 

post #46 of 87

I work on a cruise ship and I would have to say the worst smell is getting stuck in an elevator with certain officers that don't use deodorant.

post #47 of 87

A hot summer day, during the pumping out of the grease trap!!!

post #48 of 87

cooking fumes always make me annoyed,  you are smelly when you leave the kitchen,so a Smoke Exhauster is rerally necessary.

post #49 of 87
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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.


The grease, that's a solid one!

Here's one that's so obvious no one mentioned it.... burnt popcorn, microwaved or not. It sticks to the walls, your clothes, your nostrils... peeee-YEW!

post #50 of 87

My Fridge today... The Stilton has been left in there way past its mature date

 

The brocolli is going yellow and honking and i've a piece of leftover garlicky meatloaf that could find its own way to the bin.

 

In my defence, I forgot to do a fridge check before i went away for a few days

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post #51 of 87

Sesame oil...I HATE the smell of sesame oil.

 

The smell of beef bones roasting in the oven.  Can't stand that either...makes me want to vomit.

 

I'm sure there are many more....these are only the few I can think of at the moment. 

post #52 of 87

I'd have to agree with old skate. Not to mention it's not the most exciting product to work with in the first place. Also heated sour milk. Pretty gross (a new cook was making mashed potatoes and let the lumpy milk come to a boil). And lastly I can't stand the smell of a sack of dirty aprons and chef coats.

post #53 of 87

I was in the war, I've smelled things I won't describe but you can imagine... and still NOTHING gags me like the smell I encounter when I open the barrel outside where we dump grease. Nothing. Rancid, used cooking grease in a 55 gallon drum in the sun. There is no smell on God's Earth that can match that.

  I usually take a deep breath, lift the lid while exhaling and try to get all I need to dump in there and shut the lid before I need to inhale. I even close the lid slowly so as not to create a rancid draft.

  It's awful.

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post #54 of 87

Forgot about asafoetida....oh yeah...that's brutal.

 

post #55 of 87

But at least that's an intentional smell. I'm sticking with a sun-baked rancid barrel of grease... LOL

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post #56 of 87

Definietly. A barrel of rancid grease, sitting in the sun. Beats any and all comers. Bring on your seafood, your blood, your rotten meat and boiled eggs... rancid, sun-heated grease is KING of the foul odors! Mmmbwahahahahaha!

... ok... I may have lost it for a moment there...

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post #57 of 87

lamb stock, well, oven roasting lamb bones being simmered

post #58 of 87

kippers

post #59 of 87

The smell of a dry well always gets me. Not really gross or gag worthy but I hate that smell; its like nails on a chalk board for me.

post #60 of 87

Fryer oil.

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