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Started by Tricyrtis on Feb 13, 2021 1:44:45 PM
Stew with no parmesan in it smells of parmesan

I made a stew with a bit of beef shin and loads of vegetables, flavoured with bay, thyme and oregano. It doesn't taste of it but smells very strongly of parmesan and it's not at all appealing. Everything was fresh, so it isn't that.

Why does it smell of parmesan and is there anything I can do to make it better? Was wondering about adding Guinness but am concerned that might make things worse.

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Sunfish - 13 Feb 2021 13:50:43 (#1 of 126)

Did you wash the pan properly first?

Sunfish - 13 Feb 2021 13:51:04 (#2 of 126)

Was there a bit of foot attached to the shin?

HouseOfLametta - 13 Feb 2021 13:56:09 (#3 of 126)

Did you honk in it?

tasselhoff - 13 Feb 2021 13:56:51 (#4 of 126)

A bit gamey?

solomongursky - 13 Feb 2021 13:58:34 (#5 of 126)

My mate had this and he died.

limegreen - 13 Feb 2021 13:58:45 (#6 of 126)

Is it butyric acid you are smelling? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butyric_acidYou get it in animal fats too and you've got beef in there.

Tricyrtis - 13 Feb 2021 14:01:15 (#7 of 126)

Not gamey, tass. Fresh from the farm and then straight into the freezer.

Everything was fresh and clean before starting.

I did not honk in it.

Tricyrtis - 13 Feb 2021 14:02:55 (#8 of 126)

Interesting thought about the butyric acid but it doesn't smell of butter, just cheese. A really strong cheese smell.

tasselhoff - 13 Feb 2021 14:04:51 (#9 of 126)

Personally, I'd chuck it out.

Yersinia - 13 Feb 2021 14:04:52 (#10 of 126)

Butyrate smells very cheesey.

Yersinia - 13 Feb 2021 14:06:11 (#11 of 126)

I used to work with the fucking stuff for a little while. It's what gives parmesan etc its taste, but in its pure state, it's vile.

Tricyrtis - 13 Feb 2021 14:07:09 (#12 of 126)

Maybe it is that then, Yersinia.

I'm very tempted to chuck it out but there's about 5l of it and waste pains me. Still, it may have to go.

cozzer - 13 Feb 2021 14:09:22 (#13 of 126)

Did you stir it with your feet?

Tricyrtis - 13 Feb 2021 14:09:45 (#14 of 126)

If it is butyric acid I'm wondering if I should tell the farmer...

Tricyrtis - 13 Feb 2021 14:10:53 (#15 of 126)

#13

That would take some doing!

elderberry - 13 Feb 2021 14:11:51 (#16 of 126)

My last batch of stew had a strong butyric acid smell, but I'm pretty sure that was from the whole can of anchovies I chopped into it (with a kilo of meat - I froze 7 packs of it). Tastes divine, but next time round I'll reduce the anchovy content a little. Thyme flowers can smell rather nasty if any of those got incorporated by accident along with the leaves.

Yersinia - 13 Feb 2021 14:12:01 (#17 of 126)

I wonder if it's worth trying a spoonful of bicarb - it works in cheesy trainers.

Tricyrtis - 13 Feb 2021 14:14:37 (#18 of 126)

I could decant a bit of the stock and try some bicarb in that.

Tricyrtis - 13 Feb 2021 14:16:14 (#19 of 126)

elderberry, I'm pretty sure there were no thyme flowers in it.

thisonehasalittlehat - 13 Feb 2021 14:18:41 (#20 of 126)

Do you live with a parmesan loving poltergeist?

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