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Old 04-03-2008, 07:51 PM   #11
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... do you think boiling a pan full of lavendar will help? I'm going to give it a shot this morning before buying a candle.
You don't need to boil it ... just simmer it ... lavendar pouporie!

Just throw your lavendar into a pot of COLD water, bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer ... and let it simmer for a while, add water as needed to keep the pan from going dry.

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... I "smell" different kids at school and know that someone cooked something at their house.
I'm sure there is some law against "smelling" kids ...
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Old 04-03-2008, 07:53 PM   #12
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I've heard that if you burn a candle while cutting or cooking onions it will help with the smell and also cut down the amount of tears. I've tried the candle during cutting and it does work to cut the tears.
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Old 04-03-2008, 08:10 PM   #13
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I've heard that if you burn a candle while cutting or cooking onions it will help with the smell and also cut down the amount of tears. I've tried the candle during cutting and it does work to cut the tears.
There's a stem in the center of the onion that (believe it or not) is the only thing that causes the tears. Besides cutting around it and removing it, I have heard that you can put a slice of bread in your mouth, chew gum, or cut them under water.

As far as the smell goes, the only way I have been able to get rid of food smells is to bake something with cinnamon. The 2 actually negate each other. Might be wrong, but it has worked for me.
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Old 04-03-2008, 11:12 PM   #14
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There's a stem in the center of the onion that (believe it or not) is the only thing that causes the tears. Besides cutting around it and removing it, I have heard that you can put a slice of bread in your mouth, chew gum, or cut them under water.

As far as the smell goes, the only way I have been able to get rid of food smells is to bake something with cinnamon. The 2 actually negate each other. Might be wrong, but it has worked for me.
Actually, you're right I was just reading the May/June issue of Cook's Illustrated that came today, and they published a reader's tip suggesting simmering 2 tbsp. ground cinnamon in 2 cups water to eliminate odors.
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Old 04-04-2008, 06:13 AM   #15
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What about putting some bicarb in a bowl near the stove and see how that goes? Bicarb is brilliant at getting rid of odours.
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Old 04-04-2008, 07:08 AM   #16
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How about a boiling pot of cinnamon sticks or cloves?
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Old 04-04-2008, 07:34 AM   #17
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get an Iron pot or Wok, put some water in and half a cup of fresh ground coffee.
heat this gently to a simmer.

it will neutralise most all of the Thiols in the air and other surfaces.
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:12 AM   #18
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Tip for reducing cooking smells while cooking: put a bowl of vinegar out on the counter beside the stove before you start cooking. It will suck up some of the smell. (My stepmother used to do this sometimes when she smoked.) Dump it a while after you finish cooking.
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Old 04-05-2008, 07:40 AM   #19
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Actually, you're right I was just reading the May/June issue of Cook's Illustrated that came today, and they published a reader's tip suggesting simmering 2 tbsp. ground cinnamon in 2 cups water to eliminate odors.

You're right, it worked!

I tried the lavendar. Nada. I bought two candels and an air freshner. Still nothing. But I boiled the cinnamon (and cloves) and -- Voila! -- I came back from the gym and it smelled like Xmas and not trash day.

Thanks everyone
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get an Iron pot or Wok, put some water in and half a cup of fresh ground coffee.
heat this gently to a simmer.

it will neutralise most all of the Thiols in the air and other surfaces.
And this is why they have a bowl of whole coffee beans at most perfumeries too. You can neutralize your nose as you go.
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