This is a question about food, but it’s not really a cuisine question, and I’m seeking information that’s mostly going to be opinions that are no doubt going to run into speculation, so I put it here, and not the Cafe, but the mods can move it.
In the thread about traditional Christmas dinner, someone commented that their BIL can’t stand the smell of lamb cooking, because it reminds him of deployment.
It occurred to me for the first time that most people can identify different meats by their smell when they are cooking.
I can’t. All meat smells pretty much the same to me, including poultry, and it smells really similar to human farts. I’m not trying to be funny. That’s what it smells like to me. Meats taste different to me, but not that different, and they’re all fairly disgusting. I can’t really even tell turkey from chicken by taste. I didn’t try Tofurky for the longest time, because I didn’t like turkey, and thought “Why would I want something that tastes like it?” but Tofurky tastes much, much better than turkey, to me. I love Tofurky.
I’ve been a vegetarian almost since I got out of my mother’s house, because I don’t like meat. That’s really what it comes down to. It’s not so much about environmentalism, or animals, as it is about disliking meat.
With other kinds of food, I can tell the difference between very similar thing-- I can tell apple cider vinegar from red wine vinegar by smell, and I can tell Coke from Pepsi from RC cola by taste. I can tell different species of apple by taste, peaches from nectarines by smell. I can tell different cheeses apart by smell. So it’s not that my sense of smell is generally weak; I just seem to have a blind spot for meat.
Unless it’s unusual to be as discriminating as the BIL described in the other thread.
So how many people can tell different meats apart just by smell?