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How to Get Rid of Cooking Smells

From Hands and Kitchen


Handling and cooking some foods can leave strong smells on the hands and in the kitchen. Here are two quick and easy ways to get rid of most smells including garlic, fish and seafood, frying smells, and more:

Remove Smells on Hands

To remove smells after handling garlic, onions, fish, calamari, and many others, rub hands over something made of stainless steel. I use a strainer, but stainless utensils, pots, and colanders can be used as well.

Remove Smells from Cooking

Place a small bowl of vinegar in the kitchen. It does a great job removing smells from frying, cooking strong-smelling foods, and even burned foods. I use strong red wine vinegar.

Add a Great Smell

This bonus tip comes from my best friend who is a Greek real estate agent. Put a few whole coffee beans in a baking dish. Put in the oven and turn on low heat. Even those who don't drink coffee will be enchanted by the aroma!

Have a tip to suggest? Post on the Greek Food Forum or email me.

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