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Food avoidance, judging bad meat by nose?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM

I'm really disappointed tonight; I bought a large beef roasting joint but after taking it out of the oven both my house-mate and I noticed it smelt really sickly sweet. It smelt so odd we both immediately lost our appetites for any meat whatsoever.

It looked fine, though needed about 20 minutes more cooking time. In the end we decided to trust our noses and throw it away. I will head back to the supermarket tomorrow to ask for a possible refund. I would normally buy a roast from a butcher, but I was there and bought it on impulse.

Does anyone know how we process food avoidance so quickly? It is a fascinating thing, as taking big sniff made me immediately pull-away and have zero desire to eat it. It almost produced a gag reflex. Scientifically interesting, but dinner depressing.

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on January 18, 2012
at 09:32 AM

Senneth, me to! Really I have no idea what everyone's obsession is with bacon, I really dislike the stuff now. It smells sweet and is always salty.

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on January 18, 2012
at 06:50 AM

Weird, I feel this way about the salami my gf keeps buying. I know that stuff is supposed to smell a little different, but I just can't bring myself to put it in my mouth. Smells like a dead rat. No thanks!

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on January 17, 2012
at 10:31 PM

Yeah really odd as the meat looked and smelt fine raw. So my plan for silver-side was replaced with eggs and broccoli. Not quite the dinner planned. :)

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on January 17, 2012
at 11:47 PM

I agree with some of the other posts..If it smells bad to you, then don't eat it.

But I have noticed, as time has gone on, that I cannot tolerate the smell of cooking pork (bacon excluded). It smells so horrendous to me that I have given up on it completely. The first time I noticed this, I was making a perfectly good pork shoulder in the crock pot and thought it was spoiled. Had it just been me, I would have pitched it straight onto the compost heap, but my husband thought it was delicious. I think its due to cleaner eating, paleo eating, changing my perceptions of smell (and taste). Maybe I am allergic to pork on some level and my body knows it.

If you are going to puke from the smell alone, the bottom line is that food can't be eaten -not matter if its unspoiled and well prepared.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on January 18, 2012
at 09:32 AM

Senneth, me to! Really I have no idea what everyone's obsession is with bacon, I really dislike the stuff now. It smells sweet and is always salty.

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on January 17, 2012
at 10:51 PM

Some meat just smells "different" - it depends on what the animal ate. I know that I can definitely smell a huge difference between the meat from the whitetails I hunt and a chunk of beef. Even after it's been made into biltong, sausage, cooked, whatever - it smells different.

That being said, it's interesting that we have such a strong "nope, that's not food" trigger in our heads. Listen to the lizard brain!

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on January 17, 2012
at 11:45 PM

This happened to me-- with ground beef. It didn't smell right from the get go, but I cooked it anyway, because I didn't want to waste money, and I get grossed out easily with meat. I figured I was just being paranoid, but after I cooked it it was just like you said; I couldn't imagine eating it. I think that is so cool; it doesn't matter WHAT is wrong with the meat exactly....our noses just tell us not to even try it out.
On the flipside...there is the pregnant woman who craves dirt or clay. Something you would never normally think to eat, but your body knows you need some mineral that's in there. Sometimes when I get too in my head about my diet, I think that if I were to go camp for a few days and be in the natural light, exercising, getting great sleep, and maybe fasting, that I would know exactly what I need to put in my body. We get in our own way!

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on January 17, 2012
at 10:53 PM

Same as Nance has said... Nothing's gotten past my nose raw! It's our olfactory nerves that do the work.

It's an evolutionary tool as otherwise we'd not really be able to survive eating off meat!

I had a chicken that was bought and was within the use by date and it was a little bit iffy. I thought I'd cook it and see if it was ok as I wasn't sure I could trust my nose, but I could! Wasted electricity cooking it to throw the whole thing away.

And today, I went to use our food processor and EWWWWWW! Awful smell in it. Didn't know what it was, but it looks as if my OH had used it to make some pork meatballs the other day and hadn't cleaned the small bowl & blade out properly. It really made me gag...bleugh!!!!!

Over time we've evolved to have a better gag reflex as if we didn't, then we'd have died by now!

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on January 17, 2012
at 10:21 PM

I haven't had this happen, actually. I've picked up an "off" scent from raw meat and had to decide whether to cook well done and chill before eating or give up and toss.

Nothing that's made it past my nose raw has had an unacceptable odor cooked although I have noticed over the months of no sugar that meat has definitely tasted sweeter to my (now functioning) taste buds.

If you had that reaction, I'm sure the meat was bad. And that had to be a real bummer after waiting for it to cook.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on January 17, 2012
at 10:31 PM

Yeah really odd as the meat looked and smelt fine raw. So my plan for silver-side was replaced with eggs and broccoli. Not quite the dinner planned. :)

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