🔎

My Basket ()

  • 2

    answers
  • 2167

    views
    • See other questions tagged:
    • Canola

Just fried donuts in canola oil and it smelled like I was frying fish. I've read this happens sometimes to canola at high heat. Anyone know w

Answer »
Noz_photo
nzle added over 2 years ago

When you heat oil, you release aldehydes, a particular kind of organic compound. Many aldehydes have fragrances, which can range from fishy to citrusy to smelling exactly like a banana! You can see a list of aldehydes present in oils and their smells here:

http://uqu.edu.sa/files2...

Oils breakdown and develop smells particularly when exposed to direct sunlight, or when they age and become rancid.

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

added over 2 years ago

Here's some more reading on this matter -- a paper from The Journal of American Oil Chemists' Society: http://www.springerlink...

No need to email me as additional
answers are added to this question.