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Do I need to wash chicken?!

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IWillOnlyEatBeans Thu 06-Dec-12 19:02:18

I am vegetarian and have been since I was 14, so am not that experienced when it comes to preparing meat (although DS and DH both eat it, so I have cooked it quite a bit over the past 2 years).

Anyway, I bought a lovely new cookery book (I think it's an American one) and all of the chicken recipes start with the instruction: "Rinse the chicken and pat it dry".

I cook chicken quite a bit for DS (now 2.10) and have never once rinsed it. Should I have been? He has not been poorly. But I hate the thought that I have been doing it wrong all this time and risking making him ill!

So - do you rinse??

fergoose Thu 06-Dec-12 19:04:38

no you don't - in short

I saw something once that said you risk more by washing a chicken as you potentially are spreading raw meat on your taps, sink, etc - rather than just plonking it in a tin and bunging in the oven.

imtheonlyone Thu 06-Dec-12 19:05:24

No, I have never rinsed my chicken but apparently you are supposed to!!! I have eaten it at least once a week for the last 35 yrs, never rinsed and never been ill!

twooter Thu 06-Dec-12 19:05:39

Agree with fergoose.

XBenedict Thu 06-Dec-12 19:05:41

No never wash chicken. Much safer to just cook it.

What Fergoose said.

It used to be what people did, but not advised any more.

PacificDogwood Thu 06-Dec-12 19:07:20

Nope, you shouldn't rinse chicken as fergoose said.
Too much risk of spreading potential bugs around.
Cook it well and all's good.
There is a reason why there is no Chicken Steak Tartare wink[boak]

chocolateistheenemy Thu 06-Dec-12 19:08:28

No, you don't rinse it - don't worry! You've done nothing wrong! Equally you shouldn't rinse other meats, fish or eggs. Yes to fruit & veg obviously... I once knew the reason but I've forgotten it my 20m old DD has turned me to mush after refusing daytime sleep for the first time ever

chocolateistheenemy Thu 06-Dec-12 19:09:41

Thanks Fergoose!

Gimblinginthewabe Thu 06-Dec-12 19:10:42

nooooo! You will spread bacteria all around your kitchen!!!!

Cooking will kill anything that you would have washed off anyway :-)

GreatUncleEddie Thu 06-Dec-12 19:11:04

No. No one ever does, it just spreads germs around from splashes of water.

Do you rince your mince ?? grin

(Does anyone else remember that thread?)

XBenedict Thu 06-Dec-12 19:12:59

Taken from the Foods Standards Agency website

'You need to wash chicken and poultry before you cook it.' This was one of the most common misconceptions with two thirds (65%) of the UK thinking this is true; here in Wales 59% thought it was true. In fact, washing chicken could splash germs around the kitchen. Cooking it thoroughly will be enough to kill any bacteria that may be present.

BrawToken Thu 06-Dec-12 19:15:32

Agree with everyone else grin

Startail Thu 06-Dec-12 19:16:52

I had to train DH out of this habit for the reasons listed above.

Roast chicken was what they did in his student house on Sunday's and they must have read it in a book somewhere

Startail Thu 06-Dec-12 19:18:45

I was eggs, but that's because they come from hens up the road and aren't always clean.

Supermarket eggs are fine.

Startail Thu 06-Dec-12 19:19:01


GreatCongas Thu 06-Dec-12 19:22:47

Shouldn't wash eggs either. The shells are porous
I have been known to wash chickens but that's when they've still got crap on them from outside. The whole kitchen gets disinfected afterwards

IWillOnlyEatBeans Thu 06-Dec-12 19:38:05

Brilliant, thanks everyone! It's a relief to know I've not been doing it wrong!

IWillOnlyEatBeans Thu 06-Dec-12 19:39:17

...and I don't rinse my mince either! Don't get me worrying about that too!!

jenduck Thu 06-Dec-12 19:51:27

Somebody I know washes sauasages before eating them, yet does not wipe chicken poo off of the eggs from their own hen! I was shock and hmm when I found out!

jenduck Thu 06-Dec-12 19:57:09

sausages blush

Asinine Thu 06-Dec-12 19:58:24

Never freeze your cheese grin

KnittyFoxyMa Thu 06-Dec-12 20:08:19

we were taught to wash chicken in home ec, but one of those fluorescent germs ads and campylobacter poisoning abroad from. chicken made me realise it is farsafer and less germ spreading not to wash chicken.

GreatUncleEddie Thu 06-Dec-12 22:03:32


sashh Fri 07-Dec-12 02:49:59

Nope. British chicken (all meat) doesn't need washing.

But don't try to tell any Jamaican that.

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