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Old 04-03-2008, 10:38 AM   #1
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Question How to get rid of Onion smell?

Hi everyone,

I carmalized 4kg of onions two days ago and the smell is still in my apartment. I opened all the doors and a nice breeze has been blowing through but still got that smell. Fortunatly it's a good smell.

Any suggestions on how to get rid of it?

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Old 04-03-2008, 10:42 AM   #2
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Try an air freshener that neutralizes odor is all I can think of. Yea, smells in a house is just a hazard of cooking. People come in my house and say "WHAT ARE YOU COOKING? IT SMELLS GREAT!!" - and I'm not cooking anything.
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Old 04-03-2008, 10:57 AM   #3
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Clean the area around your stove really well.
All those little hydrocarbons of scent are still
hanging out there.
Dunno if it is scientifically accurate, but seems
to help in my house.

Hey, that is 8.8 pounds of onions.... what did you do
with them?
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Old 04-03-2008, 11:19 AM   #4
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Clean the area around your stove really well.
Hey, that is 8.8 pounds of onions.... what did you do
with them?
Most went in the freezer for when I need them. Ya know, when you want to make French Onion Soup one step is already done. Oh, and I love a tablespoon of carmalized onion with chicken or in a spinich tart.

Guess I have to take apart the stovetop tomorrow.
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Old 04-03-2008, 11:57 AM   #5
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I love that smell!

I get rid of it, by cooking something else with a stronger smell! Or just get a neutralizer air freshener. (or light a few of them fancy candles)

My house has smelled like Thailand the past two days.

8lbs of onions sounds about right for a nice batch of onion soup! I use 5lbs and slow caramelize for about 3-4 hours.
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Old 04-03-2008, 02:15 PM   #6
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I get rid of it, by cooking something else with a stronger smell!
That's what I was going to say! Cooking something in a crock pot all day is a really effective way to get a new smell in your house.
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Old 04-03-2008, 03:46 PM   #7
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Burn one of those insence (sp?) candels. It really helps. My wife hates smell of cooked onion, or fish is even worth. I always keep couple of candles on hand, it helps a lot.
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Old 04-03-2008, 05:53 PM   #8
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Charlie is right on the candle idea, it does help. The reason a candle flame is elongate is because the air gets heated up by the flame and rises ans so the ions that make the flame bright are carried with the updraft. Flames in zero gravity are basically round.

But all that air motion also brings the room stimk into contact with the flame. Very hot flame burns up the organic molecules that cause the smell. So it does work. The only problem is that the air flow over a candle flame ain't that voluminous so it may take a while to clear the smell.
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Old 04-03-2008, 06:35 PM   #9
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I love that smell!

I get rid of it, by cooking something else with a stronger smell! Or just get a neutralizer air freshener. (or light a few of them fancy candles)

My house has smelled like Thailand the past two days.

8lbs of onions sounds about right for a nice batch of onion soup! I use 5lbs and slow caramelize for about 3-4 hours.

That sounds wonderful! How do you keep them going that long?


@ everyone else, 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.
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Old 04-03-2008, 06:38 PM   #10
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During the winter months I close off the upstairs rooms when I am cooking. The food smells seem to pool up there. I feel like it would get on my clothes and everything else up there. I "smell" different kids at school and know that someone cooked something at their house.
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