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Old 07-28-2007, 03:41 PM   #1
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Do you wash your meat?

i've noticed that on most cooking shows, they almost NEVER wash the meat they use.

i might be old school, but i was taught to run cold water over ALL packaged meats before using them. not sure how much "help" you get from a cold water washing, but sometimes, meat has a slight slimy feel-esp. chicken.

do you wash your meat, or do you throw it right into the pot/pan?


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Old 07-28-2007, 03:47 PM   #2
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The USDA recommends that you do not rinse your meat. All it does is spread bacteria around your sink and anywhere else the water splashes.

Think of it this way. If you rubbed your hands in something dirty and then just rinsed them under water would you consider them clean? I sure hope not.

The heat of cooking will kill anything that you are trying to wash off.

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Old 07-28-2007, 04:03 PM   #3
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What GB said; I only wash meats if there is foreign matter I want to remove. On the other hand, I often use a paper towel remove excess moisture from the outside of the meat. I find it browns/sears better. Poultry does sometimes feel slimy, but if you cook it to the safe temp of 165* F., you should be OK.
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Old 07-28-2007, 04:34 PM   #4
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I've never washed meat, either. I remember having arguments about it with people sometimes - some people are convinced that it's necessary. My mother never did, so I never have, either, and since I have an impaired immune system, I would have food poisoning more often if it was a problem.

DH one time wanted to throw away a piece of chicken that fell to the floor on its way into a frying pan half full of hot oil. I said, "I'm pretty sure that a half-hour in that oil is going to kill whatever might have gotten on it." We went ahead and cooked it ;-)
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Old 07-28-2007, 04:36 PM   #5
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never saw a need to wash meat.
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Old 07-28-2007, 04:46 PM   #6
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I dont usually was meat unless it smells a little from the blood like a big beef tender loin, I usually rinse off chicken and sometimes fish.
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Old 07-28-2007, 05:18 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by GotGarlic
DH one time wanted to throw away a piece of chicken that fell to the floor on its way into a frying pan half full of hot oil. I said, "I'm pretty sure that a half-hour in that oil is going to kill whatever might have gotten on it." We went ahead and cooked it ;-)
That's cool as long as you don't get a dog or cat hair in your mouth. At our house, that's a distinct possibility.

I did go through a phase when I washed meat, but after I heard about that article on the news, I stopped. It does make sense, if you think about it.
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Old 07-28-2007, 05:29 PM   #8
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I have to admit that I do rinse off raw poultry & seafood under running water. And while no method can be touted as being absolutely foolproof, I do practice non-contamination as much as humanly possible.

I have a raw-meat dedicated plastic board that I put right next to the sink when rinsing raw products. Said board is then taken to the pan, & after the food is removed the board is left to soak with a bleach product on it until it goes thru it's blasting-hot-water cleansing - lol!!! And even after that, I spray it with Lysol's "Food-Surface Sanitizer". So while I might not be completely covered, I'm covered enough to my satisfaction without getting mental about it.

Oh, & needless to say the sink gets a good going over with bleach cleanser & the Lysol food surface product before it's used again.
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Old 07-28-2007, 05:55 PM   #9
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Whole fowl, yep. Other than that only meat with bone that has been cut and may have small shards of bone left.

The outside of the meat is going to be heated the most and therefore probably sterilized. So it just ain't necessary, at least to my way of thinking.
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Old 07-28-2007, 06:22 PM   #10
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Chicken...Almost always, and some is brined. Does that count?
Pork.......Somtimes in a vinegar bath, sometimes brined.
Beef...... Almost never. I do use a knife to scrape it. Especially if it is a bone-in piece of meat, T-bone, porterhouse, etc, to remove bone "dust" caused by meat saws. Bone-in pork also, unless one of the above methods is used.
Fish......Most of the time.
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Wild game...Yes. during processing.

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