Yes Virginia, there is a way to get rid of the oil scent that frying of potato pancakes will leave in their wake. Your friendly baker also works with fragrances and perfumes so about ESS (Eradicating Scent of Schmaltz), I know. Here are some of my methods. Simmer water on the stove with cinnamon sticks, slices of orange or lemon or both. Use a regular saucepan or a Wright’s Steaming Kettle.
Or you can simmer water with a vanilla bean and/or fresh lemon juice. I also simmer water with Boyajian’s Orange oil (1 tablespoon or so). The air smells like Florida in juicing season which certainly beats Latke Oil Aftermath any day. (Why do fried things smell so good when you’re hungry and so not-good, like first trimester of pregnancy nauseating, when you’re not?)
You can also simmer lemons in water in the microwave for 1-2 minutes and do this a few times an hour. I use incense but not everyone likes it (although I use cinnamon incense, or strawberry -nothing flowery) OR, an oil burner. The Body Shop sells them (brass ones are better - the oil doesn't dry out as much as when you use ceramic ones) and I use vanilla oil or mix vanilla and orange oil. Or I use spruce or pine oil (just a bit) with cranberry and orange oil. I also run a rolling pin over some spruce or pine bows (from my backyard tree) in a plastic bag and sprinkle them in water in a pretty bowl or crush lavender and add it to the mix. As a last resort, bake an extra challah. The scent of yeasted bread is also an oil-air tonic and no one protests fresh bread.
Don't forget great scented candles like Yankee Candle - those also work well. I use strawberry, orange or vanilla, or various holiday pine/spruce oriented candles all from
In trying to transform odours or get rid of them (I did mention, btw, that you can open a window too? That is a basic), you try and layer the scents you are using so they have a more lasting effect than spraying with air freshener. Acidic things (lemon juice) are especially good at changing up the air. Those are some of the ways I get rid of the oil odours during and after Hanukkah. It also works when you dump lawnmower gas in the garage while looking for dreidels and the electric menorah.
Warm wishes, Marcy Goldman
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