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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

asked by Honeybee over 3 years ago
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added over 3 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.

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Amanda Hesser

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added over 3 years ago

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