Get the pickle smell out!
August 11, 2011 7:56 PM   Subscribe

What is the quickest way to get the smell of pickles out of a pickle jar?

I've washed the pickle jar with dish soap and hot water numerous times, and it still smells of pickles. The jar is great for ice tea, but my tea smells like pickles!
posted by kittensofthenight to Food & Drink (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Boil it! (or run it through the dishwasher if you have one.)
posted by cooker girl at 7:59 PM on August 11, 2011

Best answer: Baking soda.
posted by bricoleur at 8:08 PM on August 11, 2011

Might it be the lid? I used a glass pickle jar to infuse some whiskey. The glass cleaned up fine with soap, hot water, and a good scrub. But the lid stunk no matter what I did.
posted by munchingzombie at 8:17 PM on August 11, 2011

Glass doesn't absorb odors; soap and water is plenty. Replace the lid, that's where the smell comes from.
posted by mhoye at 8:18 PM on August 11, 2011 [1 favorite]

Sometimes pouring white vinegar into the lid - at least enough to fully cover the bottom - and letting it sit for a few hours gets the smell out (sometimes not, but with spaghetti sauce jar lids, it works for me more often than it doesn't).
posted by EvaDestruction at 8:27 PM on August 11, 2011

I've put a mixture of bleach and water into my olive jars and that works out fairly well. Make sure you wash the lid off separately.
posted by jessamyn at 8:54 PM on August 11, 2011 [1 favorite]

Huh. I just dealt with the very same pungent dilemma.

The regular circuit of soap and water didn't take away a stubborn pickle smell from an old mason jar that had just held a delicious batch of kosher specials.

I ended up squirting a couple of cc's worth of Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day hand soap into the the jar with some water, and let it sit overnight next to the sink.

Needless to say, after a rinse the next day, the pesky pickle bouquet had disappeared! I imagine that any strong soap should produce the same results. Good luck!
posted by shiggins at 9:12 PM on August 11, 2011

The poor dessicated black truffle in arborio rice from this recent previous question of mine was, in fact, stored for a year in an reused pickle jar - including the lid. The smell does come out. Wash it well and you will be OK.
posted by jbenben at 9:59 PM on August 11, 2011

I've had some success with vanilla essence (diluted) to get smells out of containers.
posted by Trivia Newton John at 12:50 AM on August 12, 2011

Best answer: The sun works miracles. Water and bleach, then a good rinse, then set the jar and lid out in the sun for a day. The sun is our friend.
posted by fivesavagepalms at 6:57 AM on August 12, 2011

Best answer: Agreed that it's probably the lid causing the pickle stink to stay around. Like Bricoleur I use baking soda-- put a tablespoon in the jar, screw on the lid, and let it stand for a day or so.
posted by travertina at 8:11 AM on August 12, 2011

Used coffee grounds also work surprisingly well.
posted by CunningLinguist at 6:35 AM on August 13, 2011

Response by poster: As always, thank you Metafilter. I would mark them all if it was appropriate.
posted by kittensofthenight at 11:48 AM on August 13, 2011

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