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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/22/2011

Love fish, hate the odor

In this week’s “Eat, Drink and Be Healthy” column, I offer tips for following the advice of the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, to eat more seafood (fish and shellfish).

 Luckily, it only takes a couple of cans of tuna to achieve the two, 4-ounce servings per week the guidelines call for.  Eating that much can benefit your cardiovascular system, in particular, as the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish can lower blood pressure and triglycerides, prevent stroke-causing blood clots and reduce heart arrhythmia, the leading cause of sudden cardiac death.

 I, for one, would eat way more fish than that – if it didn’t stink my house up so much. 

I love fish of all kinds, and like many Americans, I especially love salmon. As it happens, salmon is the best seafood source of those healthful omega-3s. But it’s also the fish whose scent lingers longest in my kitchen. 

And I’ve never actually cooked it in my kitchen. 

I always grill salmon outdoors. I throw the wrapping it comes in into a trash bag and deposit in the bin outside my kitchen door right away.  

But the house reeks for days after a salmon dinner. The dishes I serve it on – even after a second whirl through the dishwasher – still smell of salmon when I use them for the next meal. Same with my cloth napkins.  

I have tried scrubbing everything down with vinegar, placing an open container of baking soda on the counter, spraying air freshener to mask the odor. 

I have even tried serving salmon on paper plates, with paper napkins, and throwing everything in the outside garbage right away. 

And yet the smell endures. 

So, sadly, I don’t eat anywhere near as much salmon as I’d like, at least not at home. (I almost always choose it when it’s on a restaurant menu.)  

Do you have the same salmon experience? Do you have any tips for subduing its smell? Or have you just come to accept the stink as the trade-off for enjoying a nice slab of salmon for dinner?

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