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    Default Do you wash your meat before you cook it?

    Food Standards Agency - We are urging the public to stop washing raw chicken

    Basically: Washing chicken spreads bacteria all over the place because people suck at actually being clean. Basically.

    FSA Chief Executive, Catherine Brown, said: 'Although people tend to follow recommended practice when handling poultry, such as washing hands after touching raw chicken and making sure it is thoroughly cooked, our research has found that washing raw chicken is also common practice. That’s why we’re calling on people to stop washing raw chicken and also raising awareness of the risks of contracting campylobacter as a result of cross-contamination.
    I have never heard of this, and I have never washed any meat before cooking it. Is this a common thing in the UK or European countries? Or even here in the states and I'm just not aware of it?

    It seems like common sense that it's going to be sanitary enough based on the fact that you're cooking it.. why is this step added into the process?

    The most cited reasons people gave for washing chicken were the removal of dirt (36%), getting rid of germs (36%) and that that they had always done it (33%).
    I've never seen much dirt on chicken, and cooking it pretty much kills the germs.. So.. why? Is it a "it feels cleaner" sort of thing? Do people do this with all meat??

    Usually, we get them in plastic bags, so when I'm cooking them I open the plastic shopping bag around it, cut it open, put the meat into the pan/pot, and tie the plastic bag back around the container and toss it. No mess, no fuss, and then you just wash your hands and voila.
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    nope! never have even thought of washing meat.
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    According to the article, 44% of people wash their uncooked chicken. That's quite a large number. It just never made sense for me to wash raw chicken, unless I dropped it on the floor. Wouldn't chicken lose flavor when you wash it?
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    Yes, I wash the chickens. You don't know who's handled it and you don't know if the butchering process introduced fecal contamination on the surface. I wash everything except for ground beef.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tellenbach View Post
    Yes, I wash the chickens. You don't know who's handled it and you don't know if the butchering process introduced fecal contamination on the surface. I wash everything except for ground beef.
    I mean.. Water won't really knock off any fecal matter contamination though, I hope you realize? If there's fecal matter on a chicken, washing off the parts you think you see/might not see won't actually eliminate it. That's precisely why you have to cook it.
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    I've washed boneless chicken from supermarkets because it often has some sort of gel-like substance on it. It's probably a benign preservative, but the thought of cooking it into the food is not appetizing.
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    I wash chicken but I know how to clean my sink as well. No cross contamination with utensils or cutting boards either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    I've washed boneless chicken from supermarkets because it often has some sort of gel-like substance on it. It's probably a benign preservative, but the thought of cooking it into the food is not appetizing.
    It's juice from the poultry that has been affected by cold temperatures, the same stuff that appears when you put leftover chicken in the fridge. All you're accomplishing is removing chicken-flavour.

    Honestly, what a strange habit. Washing eggs I could kind of understand, but this is just silly. Do people also wash their steaks?

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    Nope. I normally don't wash it because it is going to be heated anyway. I do wash my hands and knife and cutting board afterwards though to avoid cross-contamination before proceeding to cut other ingredients.
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