Stupid Question - Display Freezer Odor???

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vaniti716 Posted 11 Jul 2011 , 4:40pm
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I just opened a new store front and have a stupid question about the display freezer.....what do I do in order to avoid my buttercream from tasting like fridge in the display fridge???? i worked at a bakery for a few years and thier cupcakes, cakes buttercream or anything from the display fridge or any fridge never tasted like fridge....but when I put my cupcakes on my display fridge after 1 day the buttercream starts tasting kinda funny and I have to throw them out even though I know the cupcakes themselves are still good......pls help me bc I am very confused I dont know what to do but I cant continue to just throw out my cucpcakes or cakes icon_sad.gif I have put in there some Arm and Hammer and tried changing the temp from the fridge but nothing seems to help..... icon_sad.gif

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sari66 Posted 11 Jul 2011 , 6:02pm
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I work from home so I cant help with knowing too much about the smell but I'd call the maker of your freezer and ask them. If it was new did you clean it before using it? sometimes a new anything will have a smell till its washed.

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solascakes Posted 11 Jul 2011 , 6:26pm
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Wow,I have no idea, how about halving a lemon and placing them in the fridge at least your buttercream will smell like lemons. I normally do this just to get rid of strong odours.

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bakingpw Posted 11 Jul 2011 , 6:54pm
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hmmm...if you only store cakes in the fridge, the fridge smell should only be of...cakes. Maybe something spilled? If it smells "off", I would remove everything at closing time and wash it out well with a baking soda/water mixture or lemon as mentioned above. Then, leave an open bowl or container with vanilla extract in it. (Vanilla extract even absorbs the smell of smoke!)

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vaniti716 Posted 11 Jul 2011 , 7:59pm
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Thank you very much everyone for your suggestions and help.....I have washed this freezer multiple time with everything including clorox but I have not used Vanilla so I will do that today.....its just that the fridge makes my buttercream taste weird and I dont know does nt smell bad it the taste that gets messed up icon_sad.gif

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gourmetsharon Posted 11 Jul 2011 , 8:05pm
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put some boxes of baking soda in there to help absorb odors.

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CiNoRi Posted 11 Jul 2011 , 8:41pm
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There is a disinfectant Lysol like cleaner called Od0-Ban ( - I get mine at Sams. Give that a shot, works well for any stubborn smells I have had in the past. Its a wonderful multipurpose solution.

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vaniti716 Posted 12 Jul 2011 , 7:50am
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Thank you Cinori i will try it icon_smile.gif hopefully that will help icon_smile.gif

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RussellsCakes Posted 18 Jul 2011 , 1:38pm
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The big question here is, what was the case used for previously?

Are you displaying your cakes with or without a container?

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Lcubed82 Posted 19 Jul 2011 , 2:43am
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A couple of odor tricks from my old tupperware days- wad up newspaper, and seal inside for 24 hours. Another is to place briquets of charcoal inside to absorb the odor.

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carmijok Posted 19 Jul 2011 , 3:16am
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I know what you are talking about. It's definitely a 'freezer' smell...not bad...just kinda funky like something that's been frozen a long time. My question to you is, have you tasted your bc after it's come to room temp? Because it may not have the taste you think it will.

I once had a frozen cupcake (with frosting) that had been in the freezer for a couple of months...uncovered. It was hidden in the back. Anyway, I took it out with the intention of throwing it away, but got distracted and left it on the counter. A few hours later, I saw it sitting there and what had looked like a really freezer burned cupcake with 'freezer smell' looked fresh. I sniffed it and took a little taste, and to my surprise it didn't have any of that scent it had when I took it out and it tasted like fresh buttercream. (I use real butter). Even the cake was soft. Maybe your freezer scent is just a temporary thing that disappears when it comes to room temp.

I'd keep trying to get rid of it, but if you can't, it may not be the problem you think it is now.

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