Have any of you caught the Frontline show on PBS called "The Trouble With Chicken"? It is on PBS this week. I have always washed my hands, in what I thought was thorough. But thinking back, I need to do a better job. I will have a germicidal wipe in my hand when I go to open the fridge door, or turn on a faucet or open a drawer to retrieve a needed tool.
What good is washing your hands thoroughly, when you have to turn on the faucet with chicken yuk on your hands. So you wash your hands real good, then reach for the faucet handle to shut the water off. The faucet handle still has chicken yuk on it from when you turned on the faucet. If I am handling chicken, I will handle only chicken until I am completely done. When I am preparing the chicken for the freezer, I will do all the cutting and trimming first. Then I will wash my hands and then I can pull the plastic wrap with clean hands. I will also start using my tongs to move the chicken from pile to the wrap. I will make a very strong concerted effort to not handle the chicken with my bare hands.
There is a lot more I could do and I will try. I wish they made rubber gloves in children sizes. I have a couple of medical ones that I got at Winthrop. And I have been using them for when I have to immerse my hands in cleaning solutions. They fit pretty good. The fingers are just a wee bit too long. So I looked them up and a box of them are really inexpensive. For less that $20 I can get a container of 160 germicidal wipes and a box of 200 hundred gloves.
I will also make sure I really cook that chicken thoroughly. Enough so that I know it is safe to eat, but not cook so long as to make it dry and unappetizing. I am at that age where they say "young children and the elderly are at risk."