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post #61 of 87

A co-worker who does not shower.

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post #62 of 87

Sponges or rags that start to get musty, moldy from being used for too long. The smell sticks to your hands when you use them it is horrible.

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post #63 of 87

durian and asfoeteda make me physically ill....so they will never be in my kitchen

rotten  potatoes, onions are all gross

dried blood and aged flesh are fairly disgusting

Grease traps/barrels/rags are rough...right up there.

cooking shtuff:cabbage, lamb, eggs....etc, don't even think twice about...no biggy.

 

It's ammonia & sulphur....urp

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post #64 of 87
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A co-worker who does not shower.


Definitely "hate" that! And it would be difficult to work if you have someone like that working with you. 

post #65 of 87

the smell of microwaving fish sauce and palm sugar together..

post #66 of 87

Burnt popcorn!

post #67 of 87

The fish sauce is one that sticks in my mind. I was chef for a motion picture caterer for several years, we would do Phad Thai on occasion. The truck would smell of fish sauce and fermented radish for a couple of days after.

post #68 of 87

 

 

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i hate the smell of fresh Sage too it makes me gip, i love dried sage but fresh is eughh disgusting

gotta agree-reminds me of my cat's litterbox

 

fermented black beans gag me- 

love asian black bean sauce is great, but that bag of beans they use stink somethin awful!

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post #69 of 87

Baking skin off a parm wheel. Smells like baby barf-up to me.

post #70 of 87

Fish stock - Empty stock pots used for crab before they go to dish. Ugh.

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post #71 of 87

+1 for grease traps or anything that smells strongly of fat.

post #72 of 87

When I have to get the assorted tea pots going with their flavors, lady grey, green, darjeeling and ......oh even typing it.......Jasmine !  It smells like a barn. To this day I can't figure why ?

 

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post #73 of 87

 

Pile up of Garbage is a normal dislikeable ...

 

My peeve: is a bar or tavern or pub or restaurant with stale over used krap for frying oil ... then, I dislike the aromas of:  sardines, cabbage ... and anyone who has a stench due to lack of hygiene.

 

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post #74 of 87

1) Grease trap that has been opened

 

2) Roasting veal/beef bones, dunno, that stink just gets into your hair and skin no mattter how long you're in the shower.

 

3) Dead mouse in an unaccesable area

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post #75 of 87
Grease trap is number one for me. When I was a dishwasher, the place I worked at made the dishwashers empty the trap with a coffee can and a five gallon bucket. Truly awful. I'm sure you can imagine how many guys quit after finding out that this was part of the job.

Since I don't deal with that anymore, I will have to put in a mention for cleaners. Oven spray, de-limer, that goop for cleaning the flat top, and old bleach water..
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post #76 of 87

I cleaned out a walk in full of seafood that had been without power for a month after hurricane katrina.  Not many smells bother me after that!

post #77 of 87

Rotten potatoes... PU!!  As a kid, our fridge had a TEENY box (freezer) inside that held a few trays of ice and MAYBE ice cream on rare occasion.  Bottom was a tip out bin... potatoes and onions.  When ya opened it and got that WHIFF... ya knew something gross was in there.

 

Hard boiled eggs!  Nephew asked a very philosophical once... "how can something that smells SO bad, taste so good once deviled?"

 

Bad eggs!?!  My Grandmother taught me to ALWAYS crack eggs individually ito a smaller bowl... when cracking several.  Can only remember ONE time when I got a bad egg.  When I cracked it into small pyrex bowl... yolk was BLACK!!  I SCREAMED and quickly dumped it down disposal.  Can't say I have any memory of a disgusting smell... just horrible sight!

post #78 of 87

Anyone ever burned the feathers off a chicken?  Yikes.

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post #79 of 87

I have a friend who makes steak and kidney puddings and pies...   It's the addition of the kidneys to the rich beef stew that gives me the 'boak'....   that slightly 'wild' smell... 

post #80 of 87

Rancid oil

Rotten potatoes

Cleaning a crop

 

Hmm something common here.  Controlled fermentation is one thing and I can handle some really extreme odors/flavors but those 3 top my list.  One of my biggest mistakes ever though was a five rib that was cryovac'd and I forgot about it (ridiculously busy time of my life) and the day I remembered I thought....hmm let me see if It's salvageable.  Big mistake.  The outer odor was rough and when I ran along the bone and opened it up it had almost a mineral-like quality to it that was indeed rotting flesh but this oily-like super-nasty quality.  It was so bad I wretched.  It was so bad I got sick for 2 days off the smell and couldn't eat a thing. I even began to wonder if things can get so bad that the airborne particles can transmit toxins (pure speculation).  I will never-ever do that again and the thing is I knew better!!!  That was probably one of my biggest culinary blunders ever. 

 

post #81 of 87

Opening a cryovac package of meat or chicken that went bad.     Smells like dead body

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post #82 of 87

that one rotten potato in the bottom of the case is real bad! and a dryed up burning steam table, yuk!

 

post #83 of 87

 

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Opening a cryovac package of meat or chicken that went bad.     Smells like dead body

 

It IS a dead body.

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post #84 of 87

I have to add... nasty unused sink full of debris in the dishpit.  When I was at the breakfast place one of the dishwashers really didn't care about his job and would never clean the unused sink.. it backed up one day and the smell was terrible!  It was so bad we had to open the front and back doors to air the place out and the servers were walking around with cans of air freshener to cover the smell..

 

Just thinking about it brings back the smell.. yuck

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post #85 of 87

I'm allergic to lobsters, so the smell of roasting lobster shells for stock makes me gag, yet is deliciously aromatic at the same time.

post #86 of 87

Heavy fishy smell. I don't mean the gentle oceanic aroma of a freshly cracked can of bristling sardines, I'm talking the stench of a fish that'd been sitting in the dark for a day or two too long.
 

Disgusting.

post #87 of 87
My weakness would be in this order: 1. potatoes that went bad overnight 2. Dirty dishes forgotten in the sink for more than a couple of hours 3. The smell of raw pork liver

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