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Cleopatois Sat 08-Feb-14 12:53:28

I use lemon and water or white vinegar and water to clean all my meat.

A colleague said she didn't just through it from pack to pan :O

Her reasoning was 'its free range so that means it clean'.

Another colleague said it is a culture thing. What do you do?

SpottyTeacakes Sat 08-Feb-14 12:54:11

No I just chuck it straight in

Seff Sat 08-Feb-14 12:54:50

I don't, any thing bad should get killed off by the heat shouldn't it?

GirlWithTheDirtyShirt Sat 08-Feb-14 12:54:59

Absolutely not. If anything if think it a hygiene risk - raw meat juices getting splashed around.

If you're going to cook it it'll kill anything you'd "wash" off with cold water anyway I think.

ohmymimi Sat 08-Feb-14 12:55:12


CoffeeTea103 Sat 08-Feb-14 12:55:18

I definitely clean it before cooking. I think it's disgusting from package to pan sitting in the bit of blood. confusedYanbu

Fairylea Sat 08-Feb-14 12:55:26

Nope I just chuck it in.

Would you rinse your mince? smile - I doubt most people would so why do anything else!

ApocalypseThen Sat 08-Feb-14 12:55:39

Why would you clean meat? In what way is it dirty that washing it would fix? You're cooking meat before you eat it, cooking it through, aren't you?

chemenger Sat 08-Feb-14 12:56:12

Never, had never crossed my mind to do so until I joined Mumsnet.

lifesgreatquestions Sat 08-Feb-14 12:56:16

I always saw the women in my family running meat under a tap and kind of giving it a wash - so I sometimes do this even though I know it doesn't do anything meaningful in terms of germs, it does give me a chance to remove bits I don't want to eat, the odd feather, etc.. What does vinegar do to meat do you know? What do you do with fish that so easily picks up flavours?

ouryve Sat 08-Feb-14 12:56:43

I just cook it. I've made it to 44.

If there is anything nasty lurking on it, washing it is more likely to spread it around your kitchen.

lifesgreatquestions Sat 08-Feb-14 12:57:10

Ps, we wash fruit and veg. This doesn't seem far from that.

nonmifairidere Sat 08-Feb-14 12:57:12

Just when you think you've heard it all..............

WorraLiberty Sat 08-Feb-14 12:57:37

No I don't clean it

We've evolved thus far without ever doing that.

NearTheWindmill Sat 08-Feb-14 12:57:44


ouryve Sat 08-Feb-14 12:59:49

Fruit and veg have often been in a dirty field and almost certainly in the open air for weeks, or even months. Meat has been in a sealed environment, up until the point of butchery.

ChubbyFeets Sat 08-Feb-14 12:59:51

I rinse it and I rinse mince too. But I also boil my mince first, let it cool, scrape off the fat that freezes at the top and then cook it.

CoteDAzur Sat 08-Feb-14 12:59:52

I do hold it under water for a second to wash off the clots of blood etc, not so it will kill anything off.

WhileWeSleep Sat 08-Feb-14 13:00:28

Only in a beaker grin

Artandco Sat 08-Feb-14 13:01:06

No, it's really unhygienic and restaurants aren't allowed to wash meat. Just think how much chicken juices fly all over the place if you washed it in the sink. Far better to just cook it at what are all high temps in oven/ pan etc

ApocalypseThen Sat 08-Feb-14 13:01:09

Ps, we wash fruit and veg. This doesn't seem far from that.

It not really the same. You're washing pesticides and soil off fruit and veg, you don't wash a vacuum packed fruit salad, surely?

Cleopatois Sat 08-Feb-14 13:02:09

I am realy shocked. Maybe it is a culture thing. My colleague said that English people do not really do it and most people from ethnic minorities do.

The vinegar has high level of acid which kills bacteria and germs.

For those who don't, do you wash your fruit and veg?

Also when you get your meat from the butchers it doesn't look 'clean' if you know what I mean.

Cleopatois Sat 08-Feb-14 13:03:27

It is not unhygenic as you wash the sink and any areas with bleach.

I go to the butchers, wash and season things then freeze it so when I fancy for example steak I can take it out of freezer and leave it to defrost and when I get home it's ready to cook!

squoosh Sat 08-Feb-14 13:03:35

Wouldn't occur to me to indulge in meat ablutions prior to chucking it in the oven.

So if you're having a lovely ribeye steak you douse it in vinegar first OP? Ick.

TheWomanTheyCallJayne Sat 08-Feb-14 13:03:46

"Sitting in the bit of blood"
Do you have a problem knowing where meat comes from?

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