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Quit Washing Your Chicken: It Just Sprays Germs Everywhere
Consumerist ^ | August 26, 2013

Posted on 08/26/2013 3:13:43 PM PDT by SMGFan

Generations of American cooks are wrong. They learned their wrongity wrongity wrong habits from their parents, or from public television’s Julia Child. Their terrible, filthy habit is rinsing poultry before cooking. Public health experts estimate that as many as 90% of Americans do it, and they want us to cut it out.

Poultry-washing makes intuitive sense: you don’t know where that bird has been or what kind of bacteria are crawling on the outside. Julia Child herself admitted that washing a chicken before roasting it felt cleaner, even if the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the government agency in charge of making sure that our meat doesn’t kill us, said that there are no bacteria on the outside of a chicken that roasting won’t kill.

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TOPICS: Food; Science
KEYWORDS: foodsupply; poultry; usda
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Well, that will make preparing a roasted chicken easier.
1 posted on 08/26/2013 3:13:43 PM PDT by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

IBTTH

In before the thread hijack.


2 posted on 08/26/2013 3:15:57 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: SMGFan

They are slimy, too. I’m washing mine. They can leave the damn feathers on too if they want to....


3 posted on 08/26/2013 3:16:19 PM PDT by Quickgun (I got here kicking,screaming and covered in someone else's blood. I can go out that way if I have to)
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To: SMGFan

MUST.

KEEP.

FROM.

MAKING.

OFFCOLOR.

JOKE.


4 posted on 08/26/2013 3:17:27 PM PDT by Yossarian
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To: SMGFan

If I had a nickle.....


5 posted on 08/26/2013 3:17:59 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SMGFan

Do like my Dad did the one time he had to change my diaper, take it outside and take the hose to it (and stand back).


6 posted on 08/26/2013 3:18:52 PM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: SMGFan

I almost posted something literal-minded and vapid about cooking chicken, but I’ve been on FR almost 11 years and I knew better.


7 posted on 08/26/2013 3:19:03 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Ask me about the Weiner Wager. Support Free Republic!)
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Funny headline bump.


8 posted on 08/26/2013 3:19:04 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: SMGFan

Chicken washing is racist just like when Paula Deen shot Trayvon.


9 posted on 08/26/2013 3:19:15 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

Win.


10 posted on 08/26/2013 3:19:36 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Ask me about the Weiner Wager. Support Free Republic!)
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To: SMGFan
I kinda' wondered why we do it, even though I do it just because "everyone else" does. I don't wash beef or pork, but I do rinse fish.

Since I no longer trust anything the government says and will always assume they are lying to me (for whatever reason), I will continue to rinse chicken before cooking.

11 posted on 08/26/2013 3:20:37 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: SMGFan

I sure am glad to find this out now, after having cooked chickee for aver 30 years. I never washed the chicken first, it seemed “dirty” to do so. My instinct was correct.

My favorite two words together: “Chicken Sushi!”


12 posted on 08/26/2013 3:21:30 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Uncle Miltie: Obama poisoned race relations for a generation. Everything is racial now.)
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To: SMGFan
That's why slaughterhouses should all use Rectite
13 posted on 08/26/2013 3:22:13 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: SMGFan

14 posted on 08/26/2013 3:22:34 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (Still crazy after all these beers.)
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To: SMGFan

Aside from the cramps, fever, and uncontrollable diarrhea, what’s so bad about Salmonella, anyway?


15 posted on 08/26/2013 3:23:46 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Quickgun

Slimy is what I was thinking. I’ve got to wash that off. I then use bleach to clean the sink and wipe down the counter top. I really don’t care if some bacteria jumps up on the windowsill while I’m washing my chicken.


16 posted on 08/26/2013 3:24:07 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (When you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil.)
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To: SMGFan

What about the blood, slime and bits of gunk from the processor that handled your bird after scratching his butt?


17 posted on 08/26/2013 3:25:41 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (You hear it here first.)
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To: SMGFan

Couldn't I make just one little joke about this?

18 posted on 08/26/2013 3:26:51 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: SMGFan
I gave my love a dirty chicken....


19 posted on 08/26/2013 3:26:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SMGFan

Mmmmmmmm... hot tub.....

-PJ

20 posted on 08/26/2013 3:27:56 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: jeffc

Ever been on a fishing boat? Don’t care if it is commercial or private.... food sanitation issues are not on the list of things to do.


21 posted on 08/26/2013 3:28:19 PM PDT by ptsal (Repubicans swallowing more kool-aide from Rove & Kristol)
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To: SMGFan

Freshly machine plucked chickens are washed at the processing plant in what some call fecal soup, then dried off and wrapped. I roast a lot of whole chickens and they get rinsed off and the kidneys removed along the backbone. Just don’t spray water all over the place when washing the bird.


22 posted on 08/26/2013 3:29:11 PM PDT by dainbramaged (Joe McCarthy was right.)
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To: xsmommy; Tax-chick; SoothingDave; NicknamedBob; Monkey Face; Veggie Todd

Why did the chicken wash the road?


23 posted on 08/26/2013 3:33:25 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: SMGFan

I bought some chicken a while back... When I took it out of the package, the underside had a big black and white splotch of poop. I’m washing the chicken.


24 posted on 08/26/2013 3:35:27 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: SMGFan

Saw a 60 minutes (20 years ago gimme a break).They tested about a dozen items in a kitchen for bacteria. They tested counter tops, sink, silver and pots and pans in their cabinets and also several foods. The item with the least tested contamination was the raw chicken.


25 posted on 08/26/2013 3:37:48 PM PDT by rsobin
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

You’re the engineer - you tell us!


26 posted on 08/26/2013 3:37:54 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Ask me about the Weiner Wager. Support Free Republic!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE; SMGFan

I may be pilloried, but I have never washed my chickens...Therefore, I can’t recall EVER having anyone sick at my table from eating chicken cooked in any way.

In the meantime, I think God kept our ancestors alive REGARDLESS of the germs, bacteria, and otherwise deadly things that could have killed lots of folks.

We’re here because our ancestors were strong enough to combat whatever illness came their way.


27 posted on 08/26/2013 3:40:04 PM PDT by Monkey Face (My dog is lazy, unemployed and doesn't know his daddy. He gets a Welfare check next week.)
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To: SMGFan

Every bird I cook, I run water over it, rub kosher salt all over it, then rinse the salt off. Never had a problem.

The salt kills all of the germs -so I’ve been taught.


28 posted on 08/26/2013 3:42:30 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (IRS = Internal Revenge Service)
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To: SMGFan

I’ve always used hot water not cold and I don’t spray the water all over the counter and myself. I think I’ll continue doing just what has worked well over the years.


29 posted on 08/26/2013 3:42:45 PM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: RandallFlagg
The salt kills all of the germs -so I’ve been taught

It might, but even if it doesn't all the germs will die in the oven anyway.

30 posted on 08/26/2013 3:47:22 PM PDT by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: SMGFan

Lynne Rossetto Kasper washes her chicken and that’s good enough for me.


31 posted on 08/26/2013 3:47:23 PM PDT by DManA
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To: SMGFan
Remember to save the liver: old SNL clip (not for the hemophobic).
32 posted on 08/26/2013 3:47:46 PM PDT by Gritty-Kitty
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To: TigersEye

What’s all this fuss about lashing your pickings.

If you don’t lash down your pickings they’ll blow out of the back of your truck.


33 posted on 08/26/2013 3:50:24 PM PDT by DManA
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To: SMGFan

34 posted on 08/26/2013 3:52:23 PM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: Yossarian
Quit Washing Your Chicken: It Just Sprays Germs Everywhere

Oh, is that what the kids are calling it these days.

35 posted on 08/26/2013 3:52:40 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

It’s my chicken and I will wash it as long as I want to.


36 posted on 08/26/2013 3:54:29 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Yossarian

Yep..

Thinking the very same thing....


37 posted on 08/26/2013 3:56:10 PM PDT by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: Cyber Liberty

I or my parents or grandparents never washed chicken. Never saw a reason to.


38 posted on 08/26/2013 3:56:50 PM PDT by sheana
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To: SMGFan

If your method of washing is spraying anything you’re doing it wrong. Nothing bad happens with a low pressure rinse off of things before you cook them.


39 posted on 08/26/2013 4:00:28 PM PDT by discostu (Go do the voodoo that you do so well.)
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To: Monkey Face
.I think God kept our ancestors alive REGARDLESS of the germs, bacteria, and otherwise deadly things that could have killed lots of folks.

Historically speaking, alot of our ancestors died precisely because of contaminated food.

We just happen to be the offspring of those who didn't "croak"
40 posted on 08/26/2013 4:00:39 PM PDT by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: RandallFlagg
Every bird I cook, I run water over it,

And you don't think you're not washing it?
41 posted on 08/26/2013 4:03:03 PM PDT by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: RedMonqey

See? What didn’t kill us made us stronger!


42 posted on 08/26/2013 4:03:50 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Uncle Miltie: Obama poisoned race relations for a generation. Everything is racial now.)
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To: RandallFlagg

Commercial Kosher chicken has already been salted and rinsed.

(iirc, Jacques Pepin said he doesn’t wash chicken, since the cooking should be hot and long enough to kill anything...)


43 posted on 08/26/2013 4:04:06 PM PDT by Yehuda (Pres Obortion, Sen.McAnus, & Hillary Rotten Clinton all kiss the *ss of the muslim brotherhood.)
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To: rsobin
The item with the least tested contamination was the raw chicken.

Maybe because the chicken was the only thing actually washed?

I was taught to clean the kitchen after supper with ammonia, especially after stuff like chicken and fish...
44 posted on 08/26/2013 4:07:07 PM PDT by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: SMGFan
What it does help do is blast a fine spray of bacteria-laden mist across your hands, arms, counter, body, and anything unfortunate enough to be within 3 feet of the sink.

That's why you should wash your chicken in the dishwasher.

45 posted on 08/26/2013 4:07:33 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: humblegunner
Chicken washing is racist just like when Paula Deen shot Trayvon.

That must have been before she beat that 88 year old war vet with flashlights.

46 posted on 08/26/2013 4:07:33 PM PDT by Wingy
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To: SMGFan

Will continue to wash all poultry in a baking soda bath and then rinse well.


47 posted on 08/26/2013 4:09:36 PM PDT by EverOnward
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To: SMGFan

I hold ‘em up and spray ‘em towards the neighbors...I don’t want that nasty bacteria around my house...


48 posted on 08/26/2013 4:09:40 PM PDT by Iscool
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To: Yehuda

I often wondered what the point of washing chicken and then patting it dry was. After reading this thread, I think I’ll continue to wash it but I’m still not sold on the patting it dry part.


49 posted on 08/26/2013 4:10:16 PM PDT by MulberryDraw (That which cannot be paid, won't be paid.)
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To: SMGFan

How do they feel about corporal punishment as it relates to pet simians?


50 posted on 08/26/2013 4:10:27 PM PDT by tnlibertarian
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