Dear Ms. Meniscus,

I’m fairly new to this site, and enjoy reading the columns section. I am writing in for the first time because ever since I was diagnosed with arthritis, my husband and I have committed to healthy living and that includes healthy eating habits. We’ve been doing this for about two and a half years now. My problem transpired when my brother visited with his wife and two children a few weeks ago. Knowing they don’t have the same diet as we do, we asked them what food they would like while they were here, and we went to the grocery store to pick it up. I woke up one morning to the smell of bacon and eggs wafting into my bed room. No problem, although we don’t eat them. Downstairs, my brother proudly told me that he had “fixed” our pans by slathering them with bacon grease. Eye roll. Fine. Apparently he thought they weren’t “seasoned.” Since we don’t eat bacon, I scrubbed them down after he left. Even sot, I smelled a combination of maple syrup and bacon. And as much as I’ve tried to clean out my frying pans to eradicate the smell, it still lingers in the air even now when I walk into the kitchen. It’s already been a couple weeks. I enjoyed having them over other than this enduring issue my brother bestowed upon me. What do I do about the pans?


Dear AHN,

It’s good to hear that you enjoyed your time with your brother despite the olfactory souvenirs of his visit. Although some may think that the smell of bacon is a wonderful thing, the lasting affects are not so enjoyable – especially if you don’t like it in the first place. Please consider that your pans may not be the source of the smell. It could be caught in your drapes or hand towels.

You could try boiling some sticks of cinnamon or a mixture of half vinegar half water to try and absorb the odor.

If you need a new set of cookware, this may be the perfect opportunity!

Maybe next time your brother is over you could tell him you grabbed the turkey bacon by mistake.

— M

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