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    • elsien
    • By elsien 20th Mar 17, 8:41 PM
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    Strange tasting food.
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    • 20th Mar 17, 8:41 PM
    Strange tasting food. 20th Mar 17 at 8:41 PM
    Slightly odd one that only seems to happen when I'm cooking meals with mince. It's getting a very unpleasant taste that makes it inedible - sort of a soap metallic taste. It's something in the sauce, not the mince itself. I've even bought a new frying pan in case that was the problem.
    Tonight I've narrowed it down to either the tinned tomatoes or the red lentils. However I use different brands of tomatoes which doesn't seem to make a difference, and I've replaced the lentils with a fresh lot to no avail.
    Any ideas what it could be, before I can never have spag Bol, chilli or cottage pie ever again?
    I'm tending more towards the lentils but I've used them before without a problem so I'm not sure what's changed.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 20th Mar 17, 8:55 PM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 8:55 PM
    Try using a wooden spoon - and try not overcooking the tomatoes.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 20th Mar 17, 9:04 PM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 9:04 PM
    It's probably the tinned tomatoes - have you thought about buying the cartons to see if that helps.
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    • katkin
    • By katkin 20th Mar 17, 9:07 PM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 9:07 PM
    Could you be pregnant?!
    • caronc
    • By caronc 20th Mar 17, 9:09 PM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 9:09 PM
    Could you be pregnant?!
    Originally posted by katkin
    That was my first thought LOL - horrible metallic taste with some foods both times
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    • elsien
    • By elsien 20th Mar 17, 9:13 PM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 9:13 PM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 9:13 PM
    Chance'd be a fine thing.
    I always use a wooden spoon, and I smelled the change tonight as soon as I added the tomatoes and lentils, so it's not overcooking.
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

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    • caronc
    • By caronc 20th Mar 17, 9:24 PM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 9:24 PM
    Chance'd be a fine thing.
    I always use a wooden spoon, and I smelled the change tonight as soon as I added the tomatoes and lentils, so it's not overcooking.
    Originally posted by elsien
    There quite a bit of chat on line re this not being uncommon - I'd try a tetra pack of toms and see it that helps if not you might have become overly sensitive to elements in the toms thereselves
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    • JIL
    • By JIL 20th Mar 17, 10:19 PM
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    There are a few medical conditions that can cause a metallic smell or taste. Does everyone taste and smell the metallic the same as yourself? If not maybe you should see the Dr?
    Hope you get to the cause.
    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 20th Mar 17, 10:53 PM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 10:53 PM
    Since you've narrowed it down to 2 ingredients, try leaving the lentils out of the next one. You'll soon know which of the 2 is the culprit.
    • Willowx
    • By Willowx 20th Mar 17, 10:58 PM
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    There was a thing a few years back about pine nuts causing metallic tastes in some people for a few days at a time. You've not had any of those recently have you?
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    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 21st Mar 17, 9:37 AM
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    Are you on any meds? A lot of tablets can alter taste. I had plenty of anti Ds do that as well as antibiotics
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    • retiredlady
    • By retiredlady 21st Mar 17, 10:55 AM
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    Try adding a teaspoon of sugar to the pot.
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    • oldtractor
    • By oldtractor 21st Mar 17, 11:03 AM
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    have you discovered whats causing it yet?
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    • elsien
    • By elsien 21st Mar 17, 3:34 PM
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    Not without cooking another load and potentially ruining it, which seems a bit wasteful. And leaves me without my tea. Will have a play with smaller quantities at some point.
    Not on any meds or anything.
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

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    • helcat26
    • By helcat26 21st Mar 17, 3:47 PM
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    Could you try adding passata so you can rule out the canned element.
    Worth getting another opinion though as all sorts affects your taste from sinus infections on.
    Also if you are adding dried herbs have they gone off?
    • Money saving maniac
    • By Money saving maniac 21st Mar 17, 8:47 PM
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    Coriander can be a culprit, if you are using that?
    • katkin
    • By katkin 21st Mar 17, 9:42 PM
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    What kind of sauce pan are you using and if it's non stick is the lining wearing away? Next thing I'm wondering how you wash up - are you using the same liquid or tablets if it's a machine and are you rinsing like normal!

    I'm fascinated about why this is happening! Though I appreciate a metallic tasting meal isn't good.



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    • krlyr
    • By krlyr 21st Mar 17, 9:51 PM
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    Coriander can be a culprit, if you are using that?
    Originally posted by Money saving maniac
    Yes, I used to be OK with coriander actually but now can't stand it. It can ruin an entire meal for me if fresh leaves have been added, dried is OK in small amounts.

    Agree with sinus issues causing funny flavours too - used to get chronic infections before surgery and the manky taste would be a big clue an infection was brewing!
    • purpleybat
    • By purpleybat 22nd Mar 17, 6:15 PM
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    Coriander can be a culprit, if you are using that?
    Originally posted by Money saving maniac

    im one of those people that eating coriander herb (not seed) is like chewing tin cans, nasty stuff.
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    • Money saving maniac
    • By Money saving maniac 25th Mar 17, 1:18 AM
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    I'm fine with some amount of it, fresh or dried, leaves or seed, once it gets past a certain point the food tastes of soap or washing up liquid...ick
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