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Old 09-21-2008, 06:27 PM   #11
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My mom always told us to wash chicken before cooking, but I've never done it and in over 40 years of cooking, no one has ever become ill from my food (well, except for the guy that ate too many of my pot brownies when I was in college back in the 70's, but that's another story).

I do rinse turkeys, mostly to get rid of the bits and pieces left in the cavity.

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Old 09-21-2008, 08:49 PM   #12
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With all due respect to differing points of view, The USDA recommends against washing poultry. I never have.

In the event there was visible foreign matter on a piece of poultry, I would consider rinsing under cold water only.

Any bacteria you may wash away with water or soapy water would be destroyed with cooking.

That being said, to each his own.

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