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Old 06-16-2014, 05:59 AM   #1
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Latest News: Don't Wash Chickens!

Don't wash chicken as it splashes bugs all over the kitchen | Mail Online

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Old 06-16-2014, 06:11 AM   #2
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Maybe if you aren't careful while rinsing. Think I'll stick to what has worked for me my whole cooking life.
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Old 06-16-2014, 07:03 AM   #3
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The more stuff I read like this, it makes me wonder how I ever made it through my childhood, before the chicken police were commissioned.
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Old 06-16-2014, 07:22 AM   #4
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I didn't read the article, but if you are going to rinse your chicken, I'd suggest putting water in the sink and rolling it around in that water to avoid splashing, followed by a good cleaning of the sink. I'm not sure what rinsing accomplishes though, if there is salmonella in the bird, running cold water over it isn't going to help.

I'm a bit cautious about raw chicken though, I don't often rinse, but I do usually open the chicken in the sink then give the sink a good cleaning when I'm done. I use a plastic cutting board that goes into the dishwasher.
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Old 06-16-2014, 07:51 AM   #5
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I didn't read the article, but if you are going to rinse your chicken, I'd suggest putting water in the sink and rolling it around in that water to avoid splashing, followed by a good cleaning of the sink. I'm not sure what rinsing accomplishes though, if there is salmonella in the bird, running cold water over it isn't going to help.

I'm a bit cautious about raw chicken though, I don't often rinse, but I do usually open the chicken in the sink then give the sink a good cleaning when I'm done. I use a plastic cutting board that goes into the dishwasher.
It gets rid of the "slime" from being in the package. I also use the precaution of opening the package at the store. This prevents a return trip, which used to happen before I got smart. Have had several packages that reeked when opened at home. Just because the store is Publix, doesn't mean you can't get bad chicken.
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Old 06-16-2014, 08:13 AM   #6
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Oh, the Daily Mail has just woken up to the bleedin' obvious has it? Not a quality newspaper our DM.

This "broke" in the UK a few months ago. However, I've never routinely washed chickens unless there is some further reason to. My grandmother told me not to because she said it "spreads germs" and stops the skin crisping up - and that was in the 1950s. If necessary I'll wipe it with a sheet of kitchen roll.

Unless you're going to attack it with a scrubbing brush and detergent I don't suppose a quick rinse under the tap will remove/kill the "bugs".

I used to share a flat with a very odd girl who had extreme OCD and washed all her meat in bleach. Needless to say we didn't share the cooking!
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Old 06-16-2014, 08:47 AM   #7
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That is a pretty old news.
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Old 06-16-2014, 04:21 PM   #8
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It gets rid of the "slime" from being in the package.

This is why I rinse my chicken. It also allows me to get rid of unwanted "things" that you sometimes find still attached.

And I'll continue to do so. A good clean up around the sink and all surfaces that came in contact with the raw bird and I think I'll be safe.
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Old 06-16-2014, 04:45 PM   #9
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I rinse the wrapper and tray the chicken was on. Does that count?

Why do I do that? Because Teddy like to get into the trash every so often and lick anything that has the smell of meat on it.
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Old 06-16-2014, 04:57 PM   #10
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I am a self-admitted chicken washer. As Zagut said, it gets rid of unwanted "things." I also bleach the heck out of the sink and surrounding area afterwards.
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