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Friday, September 28, 2012

Oooo Oooo, That Smell!

This post has been rumbling around in my brain for some time, so I’m finally setting it free! Plus, I love sharing my strange neuroses and then having you people back me up. It makes me feel better about myself.

There are four foods that I HATE the smell of. And it’s weird because they are totally normal foods that shouldn’t elicit such a passionate smell response. And, in fact, I eat these foods. But for some reason, the way they smell puts me over the edge.

Peanuts/Peanut Butter
I actually don’t like eating peanuts, but I DO like peanut butter. But the smell? Oh goodness. I can’t handle it. Back when I worked in an office full time, my boss had a jar of peanuts and everyone would nibble on nuts as we held our weekly staff meeting…little did they know they were slowly nibbling away at my sanity at the same time.

Wet Cheerios
Whether it’s a bowl of Cheerios in milk or leftover Cheerios sitting in the bottom of the sink, the smell makes me bonkers. And, too bad for me, my kids eat Cheerios almost every day. I don’t care how late we’re running in the morning, I get those bowls rinsed out as soon as I can!

Popcorn that wasn’t popped in the last 15 minutes
I love the smell of freshly popped popcorn, but as soon as it’s cold, no thanks. And a bowl of popcorn that’s sat out overnight? I can smell it miles away. BLECH!

I know, weird. I’m telling you, I eat the stuff. It tastes great. But I can’t stand the smell.

I feel better now. For some reason airing out my crazy is therapeutic.

Wet Cheerios AND a knife with peanut butter sitting in the sink? AAAAHHHHHH!!!!

What completely normal food smells drive YOU crazy? And, if you agree with any of the foods above, please back me up!

No food bloggers were committed to a mental hospital in the photographing of this stinky food…but it was a close one.


  1. 1

    microwave popcorn. I hate that smell.

  2. I agree with all of those except pb. And I have to add olive oil. It started bugging me when I was pregnant and hasn’t gone away. I can’t stand it, especially when it’s heating up in the pan. Yuck!

  3. Microwave popcorn – blyck!!!!

    I love using coconut oil, but can’t stand the smell of it when it’s heating.

    The smell of warm swiss cheese and the smell of warm provolone cheese.

    Cheese flavored snacks – like cheese flavored popcorn or cheese flavored puffy things (like cheetos and the like)… they remind me of stinky feet!

    And finally, any “fake food” smells – candles, for example, made to smell like cinnamon rolls or vanilla or what-have-you. Oh gosh.

    Funny post!

  4. Bananas that are even thinking about becoming slightly brown. I can smell them from my bedroom. On a different floor. On the opposite side of the house. I feel sick even thinking about that smell. Yuck!

  5. 5

    Bacon being cooked. I love eating it, but I hate the smell of the cooking. Same goes for anything being fried…it doesn’t really stop me from eating fried food though!

    • Jane Maynard

      I don’t mind the bacon smell while it’s being cooked, but I hate the lingering fry smell afterwards. and, yes, why doesn’t it stop us from eating fried foods? 🙂

  6. 6

    I am SO with you on the wet Cheerios! And WAY TOO with Linn on the bananas! Both drive me absolutely bonkers!

  7. 7

    Can’t handle the smell of a very ripe, uncut cantaloupe!! Smells like GARBAGE from a mile away!!

    • Jane Maynard

      seriously, what is up with an uncut cantaloupe? it is just plain WEIRD. you’re right, it smells like garbage for sure. rotten, stinky garbage!

  8. Oh ketchup, how you drive me crazy. Oh husband, why did you have to make our oldest daughter a ketchup addict? When I was pregnant with our little one and the older was dipping eggs, meat, anything it seemed (even strawberries once!) in ketchup, I was gagging the whole time!

  9. 9

    I totally agree with the PB, but its made me throw up a few times, so it’s probably understandable.

    I’m not a big fan of cooked egg smell, but especially the smell the egg shells give off if I leave them in the sink for any length of time, geck!

    I know there are more, but I can’t really think of them. Oh! Except for the smell of soaking seaweed(to put in miso soup).

  10. 10
    Liz Brown

    Im right there with you on all those things. The other smell that really bugs me is the smell of syrup on kids after they’ve had breakfast, yuck!

    • Jane Maynard

      that made me laugh – so funny!

    • Melissa

      Oh Goodness! As I read these things I keep adding to my list! I hate the smell of pancake syrup and I can smell it a mile away. Sometimes for lunch at school they have brunch (pancakes, bacon and fruit), the moment my son gets in the car at the end of the day, I can smell it! Hours later.

      I’m thinking I have a very special nose here, almost everything everyone has named I totally agree with! What is wrong with me and it was so much worse when I was pregnant!

    • megan flowers

      OMG! Me too! The smell of it on my son drives me nuts. To me it smells dirty. My husband thinks I’m nuts. Glad I’m not the only one.

  11. 11
    Kim 2

    I am loving this conversation! I fly a lot and almost gag 2 minutes after those tiny bags of peanuts are distributed. Everyone in crunching away and it smells horrible….I wear turtlenecks in the winter so I can pull the neck over my nose!

    The smell of people eating popcorn in a movie theater grosses me out.

    Wet cheerios do not bother me, but the sight of wet corn flakes stuck on the side of a bowl makes me nauseated. I also don’t like the sound of a spoon scraping wet cereal from the sides of a plastic bowl (really weird, I know!).

  12. 12

    Ketchup and ranch dressing! Which of course my kids use on EVERYTHING!

  13. 13

    Ketchup and ranch dressing! Which of course my kids use on EVERYTHING! My son hates the smell of olive oil cooking. Complains every time I use it.

  14. 14
    Tanya H

    The artificial smell of pineapple that companies use to make a “pineapple/pina colada” smell. The smell of uncooked chicken. Then the most reviled smell—Spaghetti O’s. If I were a prisoner of war they could totally get me to fold with the threat of making me smell a can of Spaghetti O’s!

    I’m glad we’re all weird.

  15. 15

    I have three. I feel ya on the peanut butter. Ever since I figured out pnb triggers migraines, I can’t stand it. Used to love it, now I try not to even touch it. Those rice dinners you cook in the microwave- beef flavored. Gross my husband used to make them for his lunches til I put a stop to it. And I smell it for hours after! The worst one- eggs on the stove. They are fine raw but once the make that turn from white/yellow to even slightly browned- awful! Also seems to stink up the house for hours.

    • Melissa

      Oh wait one more, roux. Can’t stand the smell of that dark brown roux cooking. Love the gumbo that comes from it, so it must be done. I always open all the windows in the house when I’m making gumbo, that’s why I only make it in the fall and winter!

  16. 16

    Ha! I actually feel the same as you about Cheerios AND just about every other cereal! For some reason, wet cereal smells pretty specifically nasty!
    I would have to add eggs cooking (doesn’t matter whether they are scrambled, over easy, sunny-side-up) to that list. But I eat them all the time!

  17. 17

    ketchup really? does it even have a smell??? I guess I am too busy with the french fries to notice!

  18. 18
    Nikki CB

    Ha ha! I love it! Wet Cheerios are really rough, I agree.

  19. Jane,

    I can’t go with on peanuts and peanut butter. There’s nothing better then the aroma of roasting peanuts. (Well, except maybe frying bacon.) Maybe your olfactory nerve is just a little bit to sensitive. As for Cheerios, I guess I can go with you on that. But even there, I usually don’t pick that smell up unless I get very close to them

  20. 20

    I can’t stand the smell of olive oil in a hot pan!! It totally grosses me out! And also when my husband cooks a steak in the house it seems like the smell just sticks around for an eternity and is just gross!! Oh and also the smell of potstickers! That is a horrible smell that just will not leave your house for days after you have cooked them!!!

  21. 21

    Ketchup- YES! If it doesn’t get rinsed off plates at night and I smell it in the morning it makes me want to barf.

    Lettuce- I love salads when someone else makes them for me or from a salad bar but if I have to wash and break up the lettuce or get it out of a bag my throat closes up and I can’t force myself to eat it because I’ve smelled it and it makes me gag.

  22. 22

    LOL, it cracks me up that so many people have an aversion to the smell of Cheerios. I swear they smell like urine. I have been in the process of searching around to see where the dog peed when I realize there is a bowl of Cheerios sitting out and that’s where the smell is coming from. Bizarre.

  23. 23

    Bananas make me crazy….if someone eats one at home I put the wrapped up peel in the freezer so I don’t have to smell it everytime I throw something out.

  24. Wet Cheerios! Ahhhhh that smell always makes me gag, and I have to smell it every morning.

  25. 25

    Meat cooking (e.g. sauteing meatballs on the stove) and mushrooms cooking. My husband likes pasta with mushrooms and I can’t be in the house when he makes it.

  26. 26
    Ada Reid-Watson

    This post reminds me of when I taught preschool and one of the little girls got sick (yes, threw up) first thing in the morning. The whole room smelled like wet cheerios for the rest of the day. I think I have an iron stomach because I didn’t mind it.

  27. 27

    NECCO wafers. I can smell them a mile away and it kills me. every time. the smell of PB really bothered me when I was pregnant, my poor hb couldn’t have his fave snack at night in front of the TV – I literally could not even be in the same room as PB when preggo. and now that you mention it, the smell of cheerios has always bothered me, wet or dry. yuck. but Necco’s take the cake for me… blech!

  28. 28

    cream cheese

    I think the smell of it does not match what it tastes like. It’s so yummy, but it doesn’t smell that way.

  29. 29

    Ketchup is the worst and that is why I can’t eat it. When I have lunch duty at school and it is a big ketchup day I want to run away!! Ranch dressing is right up there too!

  30. 30

    This is really funny because those exact things bother me to no end (minus the ketchup) but even worse is when the popcorn sat out all night and THEN got put in the sink getting the last few bits wet…most disgusting smell on earth! I never knew anyone else felt as strongly as I do about these things…corn nuts is about right up there too for me. Glad you posted on this most riveting of topics.

  31. 31

    Coffee. People always think I’m crazy, but I hold my breath on the coffee aisle! Also, fake cinnamon smells. Can’t take “Christmasy” candles or scents. Gives me the worst headache! For the longest time, I even stopped eating cinnamon because I thought I hated it. Turns out, I love it, just not the fake smell!

  32. loving all of your smelly true confessions!!! 🙂

  33. 33

    These made me laugh out loud.

    Wondering if your aversion to peanut smells comes from growing up close to Hackettstown where they roast jillions of peanuts (and yes you can smell it all over town whenever they do it) for all those peanut M&M’S they make at the factory ther?

  34. 34
    Emma Michel

    No one has mentioned raw eggplant yet. UGH, I am happy to eat it once it has been cooked, but smelling it is truly awful!

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