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How to Get Rid of Cooked Cabbage Odor in House

  • Date: 2014/04/08 (Rev: 2017/03/18) Disabled World - Disabled World
  • Synopsis : Provides helpful hints and tips on how to eliminate the smell when cooking cabbage.

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Fortunately, the strong odors that often fill a kitchen when you are cooking cabbage do not have to drive you away, try these tips to neutralize the bad odors instead.

Cabbage is an excellent source of Vitamin C, however, it is often overlooked by cooks because they associate this inexpensive and long-keeping vegetable with an offensive cooking odor.

When cabbage is cooked, the sulfur that it contains actually multiplies! The longer it is cooked, the more it multiplies. It is this sulfur smell that gives off the strong cooked cabbage odor.

The trick to eliminating offensive cooked cabbage smell is to create as little of it as possible. Cooking the cabbage quickly in an open pan will help cut back on the smell. The longer the cabbage cooks, the stronger the smell it emits. Therefore, cooking cabbage all day long in a crock-pot is likely to leave the strongest odor.

NOTE: You should not use aluminum cooking pans when you cook cabbage as aluminum reacts strongly to the isothiocynates present in fresh cabbage leaves, which in turn creates sulfur compounds while the cabbage is cooking. You can help minimize these odors by using stainless steel pots and cooking cabbage as quickly as possible.

Other Tips

  • Add about 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to the pot while the cabbage is cooking. The vinegar will help neutralize 60-70% of the cabbage odors. However if you add too much vinegar, the cabbage may absorb some of the taste.
  • Measure 1 table spoon of lemon juice and pour it into the pot in which you are cooking the cabbage. The lemon juice will neutralize cabbage odors and stop them from entering the air.
  • Pour about 1 inch of white vinegar into a bowl. Place the bowl on the counter near the stove where you prepared the cabbage. Leave the bowl of vinegar sitting out to absorb the cabbage odors.
  • While cooking cabbage, add a bay leaf. This will reduce the smell during cooking and also give a subtle flavor.
  • To prevent strong odors when cooking cabbage, add a whole unshelled walnut to the cabbage water. You will discover the odor is absent. And it makes the taste of delicious cooked cabbage twice as good when you don't have the after smell.
  • Try cooking cabbage in the oven. Quarter the cabbage and rub it with butter or margarine, sprinkle seasoning over it and wrap in foil. Cook like a baked potato in the oven. Delicious and no smell!
  • Light a scented candle in the kitchen - but first make sure all dishes are rinsed well and pots or whatever you cooked the cabbage or broccoli in are washed, rinsed and put away.
  • If you put a few pieces of celery with the cabbage in the cooking pot, it tends to cancel out the strong smell, but doesn't change the taste of the cabbage.
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