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JulieM
06-12-2001, 11:13 PM
I always wash poultry before I prepare it and cook it. I have noticed, though, that a lot of people I know don't bother. Why do you guys think? Wash? Or a waste of time?

LaraW
06-12-2001, 11:38 PM
I always wash poultry before using. I also usually rinse off pork chops and steaks before using also.

I don't really know why I do this, except that's what my mom does. http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/smile.gif

I always thought you were washing it to get rid of germs, etc. but doesn't cooking get rid of the germs, bacteria, etc?

HUNGRY!
06-13-2001, 05:06 AM
I say it can't hurt, but on the other hand I think the most important thing is to cook it to a safe internal tempreature.

clairea
06-13-2001, 05:08 AM
I always used to wash chicken, but read somewhere recently (unfortunately I can't remember where -- but it was a source I considered reputable) that you really shouldn't -- cooking gets rid of the germs, and by washing it all you are really doing is spreading the germs around in your sink. I have stopped washing chicken, and nobody has gotten sick yet!

(Of course, if you are as paranoid as I am and spray the sink with antibacterial spray and then scrub it after washing chicken, I'm not really sure that you have anything to lose http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/smile.gif )

Zinnia
06-13-2001, 06:48 AM
I always rinse poultry and meats that I buy at the store. The thought of not doing it gives me the willies.. The thought of it sitting on that styrofoam tray and the 'pad' and swimming around on it-yuk! I scrub my sink after rinsing meats-I do it daily anyways; doesn't everyone?? http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/wink.gif Zinnia

SandyM
06-13-2001, 07:02 AM
I'm with you, Zinnia. Especially with boneless, skinless chicken breast, the stuff I pull off those breasts - even the Amish ones - I don't want to be eating. I scrub my sink every night anyway.

Jewel
06-13-2001, 08:02 AM
I've always rinsed chicken especially, but also do beef and pork almost without thinking about it. I get my chicken usually from a butcher case at the grocery, and they put it in a plastic bag and then butcher paper, and when I open that bag it feels a bit slimy...gotta rinse that off! Besides, I say it can't hurt, and it gives me piece of mind whether it does any 'bacterial' good at all! http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/biggrin.gif

Leanne
06-13-2001, 08:06 AM
Originally posted by Zinnia:
I always rinse poultry and meats that I buy at the store. The thought of not doing it gives me the willies.. The thought of it sitting on that styrofoam tray and the 'pad' and swimming around on it-yuk! I scrub my sink after rinsing meats-I do it daily anyways; doesn't everyone?? http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/wink.gif Zinnia

I'm with you - yick on the pad & the muck that seems to get on the chicken. raw chicken grosses me out anyway. I've got the willies just typing about it!

funnybone
06-13-2001, 08:07 AM
Originally posted by clairea:
I always used to wash chicken, but read somewhere recently (unfortunately I can't remember where -- but it was a source I considered reputable) that you really shouldn't -- cooking gets rid of the germs, and by washing it all you are really doing is spreading the germs around in your sink. I have stopped washing chicken, and nobody has gotten sick yet!



I used to wash as well and then heard about the germs being spread more by washing it. I haven't washed in years, and we are fine.

JulieM
06-13-2001, 10:16 AM
Thanks for the feedback everyone! Given all the reminders of how yucky chicken is when you first open the package, I think I'll keep washing it and keep my sink clean. http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/smile.gif

luv2cook
06-13-2001, 10:19 AM
you know what's so funny about all of the issues about bacteria, germs, etc., that years before I knew any better about sanitizing after poultry, not sharing boards, etc., I never did and no one I cooked for got sick.

But my DH says you should always wash chix but beef is unnecessary. I like washing it because it gets that film off.

Curleytop
06-13-2001, 05:55 PM
I always wash fish, poultry, beef, pork, lamb and dry them on a paper towel. Then always THOROUGHLY wash your sink and drainboard or wherever the food touched, with detergent. You can avoid semonella poisoning that way. The only meat I don't wash is ground meat http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/tongue.gif!