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Dough smells really bad!

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car62085

Dough smells really bad!

Please help!  I have been making dough for years with and without my bread maker.  We recently moved to a new state and ever since we moved my dough has not turned out!  It definitely smells rancid but I have purchased new whole wheat flour and whole wheat white flour...not to mention new yeast and I used filtered water because I thought it might be the water here.  Every time I attempt to make it the smell is so bad that it burns your nose!  What am I missing?!

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Mini Oven

all your ingredients separately. Especially spices and seeds and oils. Check (sniff) the containers as well as baking pans.  Check your parchment paper and silicone matts if you use them.  Moving can do funny things to items when boxed up or stored for periods of time, especially cooking oil surfaces.

Then go thru your cooking bowls & utensils, cutting boards, baskets and all the work and drawer surfaces in the kitchen and your cleaning supplies including detergents, cloths and towels.  If that doesn't solve anything, check all wood surfaces.  Pull out drawers and inspect with a flashlight under counter tops and inside cupboards and pantry.  Look for water damage, mold, mildew, animals, whatever.  

Good luck finding the source as soon as possible.  :)

Wait, are you now using the bread machine?  Has it been cleaned since the move?  Run some water thru it and see if the water takes on the rancid flavour.  

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car62085

Everything has been cleaned thoroughly since the move...utensils, etc.  We cook from scratch so lots of things get used daily.  I probably should have said that we moved several months ago...we've been in our new house since October.  It's not a smell in the room...it is whenever I punch the dough down you get attacked by this smell that makes your eyes water.  If I am using the bread maker then I notice the smell while it is mixing...before it really even settles to rise.  I have also replaced my olive oil and went back to a very basic pizza dough recipe thinking it might be a spice...but even the most basic recipe makes it smell...the dough doesn't even make it to the oven.  I've wasted 8+ doughs...I keep replacing ingredients and I have now run out of ingredients to replace. :(

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Mini Oven

get some wet and throw in a little flour and let it ferment in the dish for a few hours.  Maybe the yeast is rancid.

It can still raise dough but the ingredients that serve as enhancers and food have gone bad.

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Bob S.

Is the water you are using filtered at the tap or is it bottled water? If you are filtering your own water, then I would recommend trying bottled spring water to eliminate water from consideration as a possible source of contamination.

Bob

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car62085

I did try the yeast (I have both regular and quick rise) and the regular yeast definitely smelled (only after letting it sit for about 10 minutes) but I just got it not long ago and I've been keeping it in the freezer...how did it go bad so quickly?  The quick rise did start to smell as well but it took a little longer.  I'll pick up new yeast tomorrow to see if that eliminates the problem.

Bob I've always just used tap water but when I was trying to find where the problem was I bought a gallon of spring water.

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Mini Oven

and batch number. 

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David Esq.

Anybody else telling you the dough fails the sniff test? Might be an olfactory issue....

and is is it much warmer where you are now?

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rayel

This post makes sense at least to me. My sense of smell is usually reliable, that is it delivers an even sense of what

things have aways smelled like. But at times common items will smell so intense that i wonder what's up. So intense as 

to be irritating. Good luck nailing it down. 

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car62085

I tried new yeast tonight and it didn't smell quite as strong.  I recently moved from Oklahoma to New Jersey so it's not hotter here!  After baking the pizza there was no smell to it...could be all the spices and garlic I added though!  Next time I will try my old recipe (1/2 whole wheat flour...healthier!) with the new yeast and see if that works!  Thank you for all the advice...this has really been getting me down.  We used to have pizza every other week and we went 6 months without homemade pizza because I couldn't get it right!  It was just so puzzling that I used the same recipe but it smelled so bad here...it always smelled so great in Oklahoma!