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    F R Guest

    Default Do You Wash Your Chicken Before Cooking?


    I'm sure this has come up (many times?) before, but I am new here.

    If you are going to cook a chicken, any bacteria or other bad stuff will
    be killed. By washing it, don't you risk spreading it to other surfaces?

    Frank





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    merryb Guest

    Default Re: Do You Wash Your Chicken Before Cooking?

    On Jan 6, 9:21*am, espon...@webtv.net (F R) wrote:
    > I'm sure this has come up (many times?) before, but I am new here.
    >
    > If you are going to cook a chicken, any bacteria or other bad stuff will
    > be killed. By washing it, don't you risk spreading it to other surfaces?
    >
    > Frank


    Yes, but if you're careful, the good outweighs the bad...

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    Sheldon Guest

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    espon...@webtv.net (F R) wrote:
    > I'm sure this has come up (many times?) before, but I am new here.
    >
    > If you are going to cook a chicken, any bacteria or other bad stuff will
    > be killed. By washing it, don't you risk spreading it to other surfaces?


    You can't wash off much of the bacteria (it's inside the flesh, is why
    poulty needs to be fully cooked throughout) but you can wash off other
    schmutz and uglies.

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    Steve Pope Guest

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    F R <[email protected]> wrote:


    >I'm sure this has come up (many times?) before, but I am new here.
    >
    >If you are going to cook a chicken, any bacteria or other bad stuff will
    >be killed. By washing it, don't you risk spreading it to other surfaces?


    Yes, I normally rinse chicken before cooking it. Rinsing it
    removes some of the bacteria. Cooking it will kill almost
    all of the remaining bacteria, but by rinsing it first
    you have reduced the number to begin with, so the remaining
    bacteria after cooking will be even lower. It improves your
    odds.

    Particularly true if you're roasting or baking the chicken,
    and you like eating it still moist.

    Another very good idea is to buy air-chilled chicken. They
    have way less surface bacteria than the water-bath chilled ones.
    (Just the idea of a raw-chicken water-bath production line
    gives me the willies.)

    Steve

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    Nancy2 Guest

    Default Re: Do You Wash Your Chicken Before Cooking?

    On Jan 6, 11:21*am, espon...@webtv.net (F R) wrote:
    > I'm sure this has come up (many times?) before, but I am new here.
    >
    > If you are going to cook a chicken, any bacteria or other bad stuff will
    > be killed. By washing it, don't you risk spreading it to other surfaces?
    >
    > Frank


    How would you spread any bacteria by washing, if you wash it in a sink
    (hold it under running water)??? In any event, you can always wipe
    everything down with Clorox or whatever, if you're really worried
    about it.

    I always wash chicken - and then trim off bloody bits or extra fat.
    NBD. (No Big Deal)

    N.

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    James Silverton Guest

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    merryb wrote on Tue, 6 Jan 2009 09:39:22 -0800 (PST):

    > On Jan 6, 9:21 am, espon...@webtv.net (F R) wrote:
    >> I'm sure this has come up (many times?) before, but I am new
    >> here.
    >>
    >> If you are going to cook a chicken, any bacteria or other bad
    >> stuff will be killed. By washing it, don't you risk spreading
    >> it to other surfaces?
    >>
    >> Frank


    >Yes, but if you're careful, the good outweighs the bad...


    I'm not sure what that means and the less disinfecting of surfaces that
    I have to do the better. My cutting boards can go in the dishwasher but
    I don't wash dishes every day.

    --

    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


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    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Do You Wash Your Chicken Before Cooking?

    In article <24501-4[email protected]>,
    [email protected] (F R) wrote:

    > I'm sure this has come up (many times?) before, but I am new here.
    >
    > If you are going to cook a chicken, any bacteria or other bad stuff will
    > be killed. By washing it, don't you risk spreading it to other surfaces?
    >
    > Frank


    I always rinse the chicken off. Just gets any manky bits off that might
    be sticking to the edible meat. I rinse chops and steaks too for the
    same reason.
    --
    Peace! Om

    "Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive." -- Dalai Lama

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    cybercat Guest

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    "Steve Pope" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:gk0595$tri$[email protected]..
    >F R <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >
    >>I'm sure this has come up (many times?) before, but I am new here.
    >>
    >>If you are going to cook a chicken, any bacteria or other bad stuff will
    >>be killed. By washing it, don't you risk spreading it to other surfaces?

    >
    > Yes, I normally rinse chicken before cooking it. Rinsing it
    > removes some of the bacteria. Cooking it will kill almost
    > all of the remaining bacteria, but by rinsing it first
    > you have reduced the number to begin with, so the remaining
    > bacteria after cooking will be even lower. It improves your
    > odds.



    Really. I am not trusting somebody else to wash my chicken. I bleach my
    sinks and counters regularly anyway.



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    Sheldon Guest

    Default Re: Do You Wash Your Chicken Before Cooking?

    On Jan 6, 12:46�pm, Nancy2 <nancy-doo...@uiowa.edu> wrote:
    > On Jan 6, 11:21�am, espon...@webtv.net (F R) wrote:
    >
    > > I'm sure this has come up (many times?) before, but I am new here.

    >
    > > If you are going to cook a chicken, any bacteria or other bad stuff will
    > > be killed. By washing it, don't you risk spreading it to other surfaces?

    >
    > > Frank

    >
    > How would you spread any bacteria by washing, if you wash it in a sink
    > (hold it under running water)??? �In any event, you can always wipe
    > everything down with Clorox or whatever, if you're really worried
    > about it.
    >
    > I always wash chicken - and then trim off bloody bits or extra fat.
    > NBD. �(No Big Deal)


    Simply wash the sink prior and after, NBD.

    I also only buy whole chicken... pieces have already been handled way
    too much and none of those pieces are from the same chicken, the
    cancerous parts were cut away and went into the pet food/fertilizer
    bin. I prefer to do my own chicken butchering. First thing I cut out
    the spine, don't want to eat spinal fluid... even for roasting whole I
    still excise the spine and truss... yoose who save spines for stock
    are idiots... may as well put yer used tampons in the stockpot. And
    all bird bones are hollow, they contain no marrow, they contain
    nothing you want to eat... do not use cut/broken poultry bones for
    stock. I wash away all blood clots, pick off all hanging pereneal
    bits, and excess fat. Next I cover it with kosher salt and into the
    fridge for about an hour. Afterwards I wash away the salt, give one
    last inspection and then douche it liberally with citrus, I prefer
    fresh lime juice, and season (salt and acid are good sanitizers, plain
    water sanitizes not a whit). Work carefully, don't move poultry all
    about your kitchen surfaces, and clean up throughly.



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    Becca Guest

    Default Re: Do You Wash Your Chicken Before Cooking?

    F R wrote:
    > I'm sure this has come up (many times?) before, but I am new here.
    >
    > If you are going to cook a chicken, any bacteria or other bad stuff will
    > be killed. By washing it, don't you risk spreading it to other surfaces?
    >
    > Frank


    During the salmonella scare, they were saying we should soak our chicken
    in trisodium phosphate (TSP). Huh. That is what I used to scrub the walls.

    Becca





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    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Re: Do You Wash Your Chicken Before Cooking?

    F R wrote:
    >
    > I'm sure this has come up (many times?) before, but I am new here.
    >
    > If you are going to cook a chicken, any bacteria or other bad stuff will
    > be killed. By washing it, don't you risk spreading it to other surfaces?


    If you wash it and don't thoroughly dry it,
    the skin won't get crispy if you roast it.

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    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Do You Wash Your Chicken Before Cooking?

    In article <[email protected]>,
    [email protected] (F R) wrote:

    > I'm sure this has come up (many times?) before, but I am new here.
    >
    > If you are going to cook a chicken, any bacteria or other bad stuff will
    > be killed. By washing it, don't you risk spreading it to other surfaces?
    >
    > Frank


    Welcome to rec.food.cooking. Be advised that it is not for the faint of
    heart and a thick skin helps a lot. There are many wiseasses who post
    here. Some even post about the stated topic of the group: Food! (Far
    too many do not.)

    Re the chicken: Maybe, but I feel better if I wash it.
    --
    -Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    <http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/amytaylor>
    December 27, 2008, 7:30 a.m.: "I have fixed my roof,
    I have mended my fences; now let the winter winds blow."

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    Janet Baraclough Guest

    Default Re: Do You Wash Your Chicken Before Cooking?

    The message
    <[email protected]>
    from Nancy2 <[email protected]> contains these words:

    > On Jan 6, 11:21*am, espon...@webtv.net (F R) wrote:
    > > I'm sure this has come up (many times?) before, but I am new here.
    > >
    > > If you are going to cook a chicken, any bacteria or other bad stuff will
    > > be killed. By washing it, don't you risk spreading it to other surfaces?
    > >
    > > Frank


    > How would you spread any bacteria by washing, if you wash it in a sink
    > (hold it under running water)???


    You're spreading bacteria from the raw meat to the sink and probably
    the tap . When someone touches the sink/tap later, they may contaminate
    hands with raw-meat bacteria.

    Janet

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    Arri London Guest

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    F R wrote:
    >
    > I'm sure this has come up (many times?) before, but I am new here.
    >
    > If you are going to cook a chicken, any bacteria or other bad stuff will
    > be killed. By washing it, don't you risk spreading it to other surfaces?
    >
    > Frank


    We always wash all meat/fish/poultry prior to cooking. It's not about
    bacteria, but blood specks, bits of gristle or bone etc. It's washed in
    a strainer in the sink, both of which are cleaned in hot water and lots
    of detergent after.

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    modom (palindrome guy) Guest

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    On Tue, 6 Jan 2009 12:21:20 -0500, [email protected] (F R) wrote:
    >
    >I'm sure this has come up (many times?) before, but I am new here.
    >
    >If you are going to cook a chicken, any bacteria or other bad stuff will
    >be killed. By washing it, don't you risk spreading it to other surfaces?


    I don't know didly about no stinikin' bacteria. Julia washed her
    chickens, and so do I.
    --
    modom

    ambitious when it comes to fiddling with meat

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    sf Guest

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    On Tue, 6 Jan 2009 17:44:05 +0000 (UTC), [email protected] (Steve
    Pope) wrote:

    >Another very good idea is to buy air-chilled chicken. They
    >have way less surface bacteria than the water-bath chilled ones.
    >(Just the idea of a raw-chicken water-bath production line
    >gives me the willies.)


    How would we know this Steve? Does it say on the package of chicken?


    --
    I never worry about diets. The only carrots that
    interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.

    Mae West

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    Steve Pope Guest

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    sf <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Tue, 6 Jan 2009 17:44:05 +0000 (UTC), [email protected] (Steve


    >>Another very good idea is to buy air-chilled chicken. They
    >>have way less surface bacteria than the water-bath chilled ones.


    >How would we know this Steve? Does it say on the package of chicken?


    No, it has been researched however. It's not clear how
    significant it is, but test results that I have seen reported
    show between 20% and 80% fewer.

    The eco-denialists claim there is no difference, of course.

    Steve

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    sf Guest

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    On Wed, 7 Jan 2009 02:02:16 +0000 (UTC), [email protected] (Steve
    Pope) wrote:

    >sf <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>On Tue, 6 Jan 2009 17:44:05 +0000 (UTC), [email protected] (Steve

    >
    >>>Another very good idea is to buy air-chilled chicken. They
    >>>have way less surface bacteria than the water-bath chilled ones.

    >
    >>How would we know this Steve? Does it say on the package of chicken?

    >
    >No, it has been researched however. It's not clear how
    >significant it is, but test results that I have seen reported
    >show between 20% and 80% fewer.
    >
    >The eco-denialists claim there is no difference, of course.
    >

    I guess the rest of us just cross our fingers and hope.



    --
    I never worry about diets. The only carrots that
    interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.

    Mae West

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    Steve Pope Guest

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    sf <[email protected]> wrote:

    > [email protected] (Steve Pope) wrote:


    >>sf <[email protected]> wrote:


    >>>How would we know this Steve? Does it say on the package of chicken?


    >>No, it has been researched however. It's not clear how
    >>significant it is, but test results that I have seen reported
    >>show between 20% and 80% fewer.


    >>The eco-denialists claim there is no difference, of course.


    >I guess the rest of us just cross our fingers and hope.


    Once long ago I had confirmed camphylobactir, almost certainly
    from chicken. It was the sickest I've ever been, lasted
    about 9 days. It was utterly miserable. I did not eat
    chicken again for 10 years or so. But ultimately, when
    less contaminated chicken became available, I resumed some
    chicken eating. (I'm since then back to almost no chicken, or meat
    or fish, for other reasons.)

    Anyway, I am very happy someone is doing something about
    making a safer product.

    Steve

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    Leonard Blaisdell Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>, Arri London <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > We always wash all meat/fish/poultry prior to cooking. It's not about
    > bacteria, but blood specks, bits of gristle or bone etc. It's washed in
    > a strainer in the sink, both of which are cleaned in hot water and lots
    > of detergent after.


    My wife tells me, and I don't remember this, that my mother used to use
    soap and water on both chicken and turkey. I do remember that she spent
    an inordinate amount of time searching for and picking out pinfeathers.
    I certainly don't remember tasting soap.
    Mom was raised on a farm and considered chickens as particularly nasty
    creatures. I have no such worries.

    leo

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