How to Get Rid of Chitterlings Smell

How do I cook chitterlings and eliminate that horrible smell that they make while cooking? I want to prepare chitterlings for Christmas Day, however I do not need to have my house smelling with that foul odor when company arrives. What can I do?

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Dec 09, 2014
by: PHIL H.--Peoria, IL

I have been cooking chitterlings for +30 years, and I thoroughly clean them and use plenty of onions and potatoes. The potatoes seem to soak up much of the odor.

Oct 19, 2014
How to calm down the Smell of Chitterlings
by: Anonymous

It's very simple to clean them very very well. You will be amazed at how there will be little to no smell at all. But what you could also do put about 2 to 3 medium size potatoes in your water while cleaning your Chitterlings and the potatoes will soak up most of the stench. I hope this helps.

Aug 20, 2014
It's all in the cleaning
by: Anonymous

You must first soak the chitterlings in cold water with table salt for about an hour before cleaning. This makes it easier to separate the fat from the chitterlings because the fat is where the poop is stored. Put the chitterlings in a pot with a cut up onion and boil for about ten minutes. Drain the water off and put clean water in the pot and let boil a second time. Then you repeat step one by pouring the water off. Do a third boil with cut onion and garlic and any other seasoning you want to add. No more chitterling smell.

Feb 22, 2014
Reduce Chitterling Smell
by: Centsibull, a man who likes to cooks

Well, you cant get rid of the smell of chitterlings completely, just like any food, but here's what I do.

Put the chitlins' and hog maws and everything else in one of those roasting pans (with the white specks), that has been sprayed with non-stick spray, cover it and cook them in the oven at about 350 degrees for three or four hours (or more), depending on your preference.

Now here's my secret touch. Avoid opening the pan during the first couple of hours or so cause the smell to me is worse then than later. This should reduce down the nasty smell. It doesn't eliminate the smell entirely but cuts it down quite a bit.

Jan 04, 2013
Use Lemon To Get Rid of Chitterlings Smell
by: Niki H...

Quickly rinse them when you take it out the bag and put them in a container and use either 4 cut up squeezed lemons or 2 cups of lemon juice and let it sit in the container for like 3 hours. The lemons or lemon juice will kill the bacteria that causes the odor. Then you can clean them and cook them without the deadly stench of hell.... Lol. Lemon is used in many ways as a disinfectant to kill bacteria... Look at your cleaning products.. It contains lemon.

Dec 22, 2012
How to get rid of Chitterlings Smell With Cinnamon
by: Michael

Forget about it. Even if you clean, clean, and clean. They will smell, smell and smell. They are chitterlings. Clean them, cook them, and enjoy them!

After cooking, boil a pot of water and add cinnamon. This will help eliminate the smell some.

Jan 24, 2012
by: Anonymous

Staying in a house where one of the ladies brought in chitterlings that were cooked in another residence. She heated them up in the microwave. I've never smelled anything so revolting. How do I get the smell out of the microwave? HELP!

Dec 29, 2011
Getting rid of (Chitterling) chitlin smell
by: A lil old school

The way I help eliminate the chitin odor is, I clean and soak them in vinegar, plus the vinegar helps to cut a little of that grease away.

Dec 26, 2011
Try cooking chitterlings outside
by: etcetera

Clean, clean, clean is excellent advise. BUT remember chitterlings just smell when they cook. Just to keep smell out of house cook them outside on the grill. Of course in a pot of water with the same ingredients you would normally use, the only difference your cooking outside.

Jan 05, 2011
Cut the smell of Chitterlings
by: Diahann

First things First- Please Clean Them and Clean Them and Clean Them--enough said. Cut 4" Celery (2 pieces) and add some carrots (baby carrots). Add this to a 10 lbs portion of Chitterlings. This is to cut the smell. I think, the reason why they can smell so bad is if they are not cleaned well enough.

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