Post by traildoggie on Nov 19, 2019 11:47:13 GMT -5
I made curry a week ago. my kitchen still smells of curry. this was a very quick easy dish, did not simmer for hours. I wash EVERYTHING I can think of.... glass cooktop, counters, backsplash. all utensils and pans, plates in the DW ASAP. I soak and wash the metal filter and external surfaces of the exhaust fan. it still smells like curry! I took a shower, washed my hair, washed clothes I wore while cooking and eating. I am reaching the point where I cant make thus anymore unless I find out where the odor lingers. in summer, I could open all windows when cooking, but not reasonable now. I MUST be missing something. it is still what I smell when I enter the house. I love it but don't want to smell it for weeks after. I'm at the point where I might only eat curry in restaurants. thoughts? this recipe used 2tsp of curry powder and a garam masala. I don't even have a good sense of smell but this odor is relentless.
To remove a lingering curry odor, try making a cleaning spray with white vinegar. First, combine 1 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray everything in the room, including the walls, cabinets, carpet, ceiling, grease traps, the hood of the stove, and drapes.
Post by traildoggie on Nov 19, 2019 14:10:39 GMT -5
emma thank you for that. I am doing most of what is suggested. hardwood floor could be mopped, a small throwrug thru the wash.
I think that's it for me. I'll make it in seasons where windows are open, maybe. I will try vinegar spray on areas near the cooktop. I sometimes use prepared curry sauce, causes less trouble, so will settle for that. we have an open floor plan. I can't spray vinegar on furniture and pleated shades etc. it will eventually go away but this is too much of an ordeal.
Did not read the link... have you tried boiling cinnamon and/or essential oil, vanilla, etc. on the stove for an hour? I'm curious if you can post the recipe. I love curry. Sounds potent and yummy. Short of burning a scented candle and the stovetop thing....no other ideas.
Thoreau said, 'A man is rich in proportion to the things he can leave alone.'
Post by traildoggie on Nov 20, 2019 19:42:52 GMT -5
I don't want to replace the curry odor with another. I want it not to smell! not a fan of food smells even vanilla or cinnamon or scented candles but they don't linger for weeks. recipe was not that memorable. it was potatoes, peas chickpeas in a tomato based sauce. not that potent, so I thought it would not literally infuse the woodwork and blinds with fragrance. I quit! don't want to need to scrub the house down after so I will save curry for restaurants.
I see you did clean the vent screens -- that is usually where I find a lingering odor. My overhead vent has a lip on either side that holds the screens -- I have found oils in there, but sounds like you got that. Every once in a while, I get a screwdriver nd take apart what I can reach for a really deep cleaning. I'm sure your trash has been taken out in a week's time. Trying to think of something for you. I know realtors say that homes of folks who cook a lot of curry (not occasional like you or me, but Indian culture where it is a weekly or daily seasoning), but I've never had it linger more than a day or so -- usually a pan or dish that got left in the sink overnight. Hope you find something -- cold weather is when I like curry most,
Post by traildoggie on Nov 21, 2019 16:17:25 GMT -5
Beth funny you'd mention this.... when looking at homes long long ago, we looked at one that smelled strongly of curry spices. we ruled it out right away. houses with lots of carpet and drapes are probably not possible to deodorize. you would need to rip out everything. our house has mostly hard surfaces but the now faint odor is stuck somewhere. I have a lousy sense of smell, but not for this scent. so hard to clean the darn exhaust fan. overhead, sharp edges, and the accumulated grease absorbs odors. I've cleaned the accessible parts. I like curry best winter too but I am not going thru this every time. I know curry is a blend of spices but I am not sure which one gets 'stuck" in my head.
wallycat, I looked but cant find the recipe. it was from eating well but I cant get it to come up there. I was not going to repeat it so I tossed the print copy.
Do you have a Penzy's? I wonder if you could smell the individual spices and see if one of them sticks out. You may not be able to identify all the spices in a given blend since they don't have to tell you beyond "spices." And some may not be readily found here. A different curry powder with a different blend of spices might also not be as pungent or disagreeable too you -- may not linger the same way. Hate for you to give up curry altogether.
Post by traildoggie on Dec 10, 2019 14:31:02 GMT -5
Beth sorry, I missed your last comments. no penzeys. I have trouble with tarragon too, never ever use it. I have such a poor off base sense of smell, I'm surprised it can bother me so much. I wont make this for a while. see if I feel like trying again in a few months.