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do you wash your meat?

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mousymouse Mon 08-Nov-10 17:55:03

bit of a disagreement between me and my mother...

she says to wash meat before cooking for hygenic reasons (wtf, it will be cooked anyway)
I say don*t for hygenic reasons (splatters of meat juice all over the kitchen, nice)

am I right?

franke Mon 08-Nov-10 17:56:14

I don't know whether you're right but I agree with you for the reasons you've given.

scurryfunge Mon 08-Nov-10 17:56:32

I don't -you don't need to.

TheChamomileLawn Mon 08-Nov-10 17:57:21

You're right about the hygiene/splattering

Bunbaker Mon 08-Nov-10 17:57:23

I don't, but MIL does. I wonder if it is a generational thing?

ShatnersBassoon Mon 08-Nov-10 17:57:43

No, it increases the risk of spreading bacteria throughout the kitchen.

amothersplaceisinthewrong Mon 08-Nov-10 17:58:32

No. But my MIL used to when she cooked.

Beamur Mon 08-Nov-10 17:58:38

I think you're right. My Mum used to do this with chicken (I think her Mum had told her this was the right thing to do) until I pointed out all the salmonella splashes she was making grin.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Mon 08-Nov-10 18:00:03

No you are not supposed to do this. There was a kind of public awareness campaign before Christmas last year I remember, warning people not to wash their turkey because of the risk of splashing raw poultry juice around the kitchen.

inspookexplosive Mon 08-Nov-10 18:00:42

Having recently passed my Food Hygeine course <polishes badge> you are right - you do not need to wash meat (although I think it was the 'done thing' some time ago)

Washing = far more risk of cross contamination; unless of course you have seperate sinks for food and dishes, and even then, I would not fancy washing a salad after rinsing my chicken...

BoysAreLikeDogs Mon 08-Nov-10 18:00:51

yes, the risk of bacteria spreading

RiojaLover75 Mon 08-Nov-10 18:03:09

This is generational thing.... my Dad always used to wash his chickens and joints.

Current advice is never to wash meat as adequate cooking would destroy any bugs on the surface of the meat. Washing meat risks spreading bugs around the kitchen. Bleugh.

mousymouse Mon 08-Nov-10 18:03:31

Ha, thanks ladies.
it feels so good to be right for once grin

I will just keep on not washing meat before cooking then.

RiojaLover75 Mon 08-Nov-10 18:05:52

www.food.gov.uk/news/newsarchive/2009/dec/xmasturk ey

OTTMummA Tue 09-Nov-10 19:07:30

My Auntie used to have a big plastic bowl for meat, fill it with cold water and some lemons and wash her meat in that, pour it down the drain outside!

I think it is generational, and as with most generations, they keep doing what they've always done, so let them get on with it.

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