How tasty a plate of steamed or fried fish can be. However, the preparation of that fish can leave behind a horrible odor in your home. This is something that’s not too tasty.
When you’re cooking a fish everything in the home seem to absorb the smell. Even when you’re through cooking the smell of fish will linger for days. Wouldn’t you want to find ways to prevent that musky sea-like odor in your home?
I am sure the answer to that is YES? Let’s take a look at 10 witty ways to prevent the smell of fish in your home. Do these things on, or before preparing the fish.
1. SPICE POTPOURRI ON THE STOVE
Simmer a pot of strong-smelling spices on the stove on low heat while preparing the fish. Here are a few top picks of great smelling spices you can use…rosemary, cinnamon sticks and cloves’ This will keep your home smelling spicy while disguising the smell of fish.
2. SIMPLY VINEGAR
A pot of vinegar will do the trick. Place a small pot with white vinegar on the stove. As you know, vinegar is one of the best kitchen products to counteract any odor including the smell of fish. Keeping this on low heat will absorb the fishy odor.
3. LEMONS AND LIMES
Don’t only serve a lemon or lime one the plate, how about using it to prevent that high fish odor in the first place. Use any of these two citrus fruits to make a potpourri by slicing and simmering them while cooking.
Another retro trick is to wash the fish in freshly squeezed citrus juice. You can also use the juice to wash the cutting board used in preparing the fish.
If you used a wooden cutting board then this makes it easy for the fish odor to linger in the kitchen so wash this properly with vinegar and lemons.
4. LET OUT THE AIR
I know this is not possible if you live in an area where it gets cold in winter. If it’s not freezing and fish is on the menu for dinner try doing this. Crack the windows and the doors. Let the air out while cooking that lovely Snapper.
5. ESSENTIAL OILS
These oils are so versatile and are lifesavers when it comes to disguising odors. To prevent the disturbing smell of raw fish in your home. Combine a mixture of lavender essential oil and baby powder essential oil.
Pour one cup of warm water into a small spray bottle. Add 10 drops of each essential oil into the water and shake well. Use this to mist your home before and after cooking. This should do a good job.
6. HAVE A CUP OF COFFEE
Even if you’re not a coffee lover keeping a bottle of coffee around will come in handy at some point, and that point is now. Yep, brew some coffee while preparing the fish.
The aroma of the coffee brewing will circulate in the entire home covering the smell of the fish. On top of all that, coffee makes your home smell amazing in general.
7. KEEP THE AIR FROM SPREADING
Before prepping the fish close all the doors leading to other areas of the home. Doing this will keep the odor confine to just one area making it easier for you to control. That really makes sense.
8 CLEANING THE FISH
If you live in an apartment then you should never buy uncleaned fish. They must be de-scaled and de-gutted before taking it home. Just in case you’re wondering why?
Cleaning a fish in an enclosed building will have the building smelling like raw fish for weeks. Cooking is one thing, but cleaning the fish is a whole new story. Try to avoid doing this if you can.
If your home has a back yard then this will be the perfect place to scale your fish. Grab an ample amount of water and lemons and get to prepping your fish.
9. CLEAN AS YOU GO
Take note of this subtitle “clean as you go” I will tell you why that’s so important in other areas of your home. Now let’s get back to the fish.
When cooking any meal spills so too are droplets, but when those droplets are fish particles then that spells disaster.
CLEAN ALL FISHY DROPLETS AS YOU GO. Imagine opening up the gut of a fish in an enclosed apartment.
Can you see the picture? It will stink, periodically speaking. When you go fishing have your fish de-gutted and scaled before taking it home or buy only prep fish.
Leaving the droplets on the countertops and in the dishes, and on the floor is a No, No. Use a paper towel to clean the area as you’re preparing the fish.
PAPER TOWEL NO DISHTOWELS
Avoid using dishtowels as the cloth will absorb the odor. Toss all used paper towel in the trash instantly after using.
Cleaning as you go is a clever way of keeping your kitchen clean while cooking. This is not hard to do and will prevent excessive plates, pots and trash lying around after you’re through.
For example, after putting the salad together wash the utensils and set them aside in the dishwasher or drainer.
Continue wiping and washing as you go. When you have the time give the floor a quick sweep. If you practice doing this you’ll have a clean kitchen when the meal is done.
10. NEVER LEAVE THE FISHY TRASH HANGING
Don’t forget to remove the trash used while prepping the fish. Before you do your final wiping, meaning the countertops and the floor, removing the trash will be a great idea.
Keeping the trash bag hanging around with all that fish particles will keep the fishy odor in your home. You may also like…15 Home Smell Tips To Make Your Home Smell Like A Summer Garden
We hope these tips were helpful. The next time you prepare a fish dinner don’t forget to use one of these amazing ideas. See you soon!