Getting rid of lingering food odors is a constant challenge for home cooks. We've tried candles and open windows (even in winter) and simmering pots of vinegar. Here's one more trick to add to our list from Stephanie O'Dea of A Year of CrockPotting!Stephanie's technique is to mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with water in the bowl of a crockpot or slow cooker. Set the crockpot in whichever room is most in need of a little freshening and set it to LOW with the lid off. She says the warm baking soda seems to literally pull the odors from the air.
For an extra perk, you can also add a few drops of essential oil or nice-smelling spices to the pot.
While we're not exactly looking forward to the next time food smells get the better of us, we'll definitely be eager to give this a try when they do!