super tiny kitch in nyc apt., no ventilation--disgusting cooking smell. without having to spray perfume, febreeze or anything else, how can i
eliminate the smell from using a cast iron griddle pan? my entier apt. stinks to high heaven since last night. would move out if i could. windows wide open, door open, nothing is helping!
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You don't need to buy the expensive oils they sell, though. I use 94% rubbing alcohol in mine and it purifies the air and gets rid of any odors very quickly.
Also, your cast iron pan doesn't need soap. Just add some water and allow it to heat a bit to take off any stuck-on bits. Allow it to cool and scrape with a bench scraper if needed. Wipe w a paper towel.
I would put my vote with others who suggested that the smell was caused by burning oil. Whether extra virgin or not, olive oil will start to smoke at a lower temperature than you might often want to use your griddle. If you want to have the flavor of olive oil, try cooking in a minimum of a neutral-flavored oil with a high smoke point, and then brushing or drizzling with olive oil afterwards.
As well, what were you cooking, and how high was the heat under that pan that you used olive oil in? Olive oil does not have a very high smoke point. Not sure why one would use that for grilling steak. Peanut oil has a very high smoke point, or safflower oil - which is neutral in flavor..
Was the seasoning oil in the pan unusual and giving off an odor?
What food were you cooking and is that naturally high in smells?
Could something else have gotten into the pan to create the odor?
For the aftermath, I agree with lemon or orange peels and aromatics. Easy and pleasant.
Also, as much as it's a pain, I find that cleaning up immediately helps with odors. Not just the pan itself but the stove and surrounding countertops too, lest any oil and food particles have splattered.