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Old 12-16-2014, 04:34 PM   #1
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How do you avoid stinking up your house while frying fish?

I usually soak the raw fish in white wine before I do anything with it. That helps a lot. But I was wondering if there're any other means of controlling the odor while frying fish.
Do you know of any ?

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Old 12-16-2014, 04:38 PM   #2
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Other than being able to have excellent ventilation to the outside, I can't think of a thing. We cook fish in our house probably more than the average and, depending on how much is fried, the odor varies with the quantity.

In the warmer months, the fish is cooked outside on the covered porch/patio.
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Old 12-16-2014, 04:39 PM   #3
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A very efficient hooded vent....
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Old 12-16-2014, 05:06 PM   #4
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A very efficient hooded vent....

...that exhausts to the outdoors, not back into the kitchen.

Exhaust fans draw air from the interior of the house and blow it outdoors. If your house is airtight to save energy, it's difficult to draw the air and the fan is less efficient. To help the process, crack a window or door to make it easy for the exhaust fan to suck up air to vent outdoors.

This is especially helpful if there's enough smoke to set off a smoke detector. In that case, open a window beyond the smoke detector so the air pulled in from outside passes by the smoke detector and takes any smoke with it to the fan.
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Old 12-16-2014, 05:07 PM   #5
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...that exhausts to the outdoors, not back into the kitchen.
True that. Otherwise it wouldn't be efficient at all........ or use an outdoor grill.
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Old 12-16-2014, 05:16 PM   #6
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We eat a lot of fish, and I've never noticed much of an odor while frying it. We have a vent to the outside, but I don't always use it.

Are you frying it too hot perhaps - to the point where the oil is smoking? Anytime there is smoke, it will carry odors with it.

Or maybe there's something wrong with my sniffer.
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Old 12-16-2014, 05:20 PM   #7
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Steve, based on the picture of your "sniffer," I'm guessing it works just fine <LOL>.
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Old 12-16-2014, 05:23 PM   #8
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Build a house with enclosed kitchen and separate ventilation system. . Sorry, could not help myself. I just use one of those smelly candles.
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Old 12-16-2014, 05:27 PM   #9
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Depends on the kind of fish too... I like to grill salmon, either on cast iron or over a kitchen gas grill and they really stink up the house if I don't run the vent full blast.
My wife likes to fry orange roughy (frozen ones from Costco) and they tend to cook odorless for the most part even without the vent running.
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Old 12-16-2014, 06:44 PM   #10
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To be honest, I'm rarely bothered by cooking smells, including fish (although I rarely fry, usually bake or grill/broil). All that tells me is that there's a cook in the house. When I use the cast iron grill pan that came with the new gas range, I turn on the vent fan (vents externally), and it does a good job of eliminating the smoke, but the odors still waft through the house. I find those odors to be quite homey.
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