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chopping veg on a board used for raw chicken

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HighwayDragon Sat 03-Jan-15 18:22:10

I've just chopped up some chicken, thrown it in the pan, remembered the onion so went to use the same board and knife. DP practically squealed about cross contamination, and us all being ill, I put the raw onion straight into the pan with the raw chicken! He wanted me to get a clean board and knife to then put it with raw meat anyway making more washing up for me.

He's an idiot right?

cardibach Sat 03-Jan-15 18:24:05

If the onion is being cooked he is, indeed, being an idiot. The rule is surely about salad/veg to be eaten raw?

AnnoyingOrange Sat 03-Jan-15 18:24:10


RayBloodyPurchase Sat 03-Jan-15 18:24:55

Yup. He's an idiot ��

GraceFox Sat 03-Jan-15 18:25:03

It's not cross contamination if it's all ending up being cooked together.

GilbertBlytheWouldGiftIt Sat 03-Jan-15 18:25:10

This reminds me of the poster who was worried about potatoes being cooked in the same pan as raw chicken grin

slightlyconfused85 Sat 03-Jan-15 18:25:14

I think yabu I'm afraid. If you've chopped raw meat then you should use a different knife and board for non meat products. I doubt you will get ill but there is a reasonable risk.

Goldmandra Sat 03-Jan-15 18:25:21

He's an idiot right?

Not sure about that but I am intrigued as to how he thinks the bacteria would survive on the onion once in the pan.

I also think someone who has so little understanding of the reasons behind good food hygiene practice could be quite dangerous in the kitchen.

PiperIsTerrysChoclateOrange Sat 03-Jan-15 18:25:38

I do the same.

When doing a pot pot meal, then it's going to get contaminated once in the pan.

If I was doing a chicken salad for example then I would make sure I use my green board.

I do have 3 chopping boards 1 red 1 green and 1 purple. Red is for meat, green is for veg and purple for 1 pot meals.

HighwayDragon Sat 03-Jan-15 18:25:59

Even though the veg is going directly into the pan with the raw meat?

Goldmandra Sat 03-Jan-15 18:26:37

I doubt you will get ill but there is a reasonable risk.

Please explain this risk to me confused

Aeroflotgirl Sat 03-Jan-15 18:27:50

No all fine, its all going in the same pan and cooked together.

CakeAndWineAreAFoodGroup Sat 03-Jan-15 18:27:59

As it's being cooked together, you should be OK but it's not something that I would do as a matter of course.

It would matter more if the onion was to be eaten raw.

I have different coloured boards that I am pernickety about. grin

TiggyD Sat 03-Jan-15 18:28:33

If the veg is getting cooked as much as if it were as 'poisonous' as the chicken, it doesn't matter.

Letthemtalk Sat 03-Jan-15 18:28:50

What risk? Onion picks up bugs from chopping board, goes in with chicken, picks up more bugs, they both get cooked, bugs die, no risk???

ClartyYakker Sat 03-Jan-15 18:29:21

but the onion being chopped is going to 'touch' the raw meat in the pan anyway slightlyconfused85 so why does it matter?

This thread reminds me of being at university and banging my head against the wall repeatedly at similar things said to me by housemates who were technically supposed to be adults with enough intelligence to do university degrees.

PlumpingUpPartridge Sat 03-Jan-15 18:31:38

There is no risk in the situation you describe, and I'm a microbiologist so must be right.


slightlyconfused85 Sat 03-Jan-15 18:32:56

It doesn't matter in this case, as everything is going to be boiling at some point.
It's a very lazy bad habit which under different cooking circumstances could cause a problem. Her dh is not being an idiot by being careful.

ZingTheGreat Sat 03-Jan-15 18:33:09


stuff his face with raw chicken

ZingTheGreat Sat 03-Jan-15 18:34:41

oh i didn't realise chicken was poisonous

don't eat toxic chicken OP

MinceSpy Sat 03-Jan-15 18:35:14

I have one chopping board that can go in the dishwasher for cutting raw meat. I never cut meat on my big thick veg chopping board but I would chop veg on the meat board for a one pot dish.

Cut veg on my bread board and feel my pointy knife!!!!!!!!!

MehsMum Sat 03-Jan-15 18:36:18

very lazy bad habit
That's me smacked then: I do this all the time.
I just make sure I use a clean board if I'm making a salad or chopping fruit to be eaten raw.

<goes off to kitchen to cook raw meat with raw veg>

CakeAndWineAreAFoodGroup Sat 03-Jan-15 18:37:45

Just make sure you've got wine as that's a good antidote. wink

ItsAllKickingOffPru Sat 03-Jan-15 18:38:20

He's an idiot. Perhaps he'd like to make dinner next time so it can be prepared to his exacting standards.

arethereanyleftatall Sat 03-Jan-15 18:41:05

How does your dh imagine a stirfry or one pot meal is cooked if the raw veg and meat don't touch at the beginning in the pot or wok?

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