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Am I wrong to wash chicken?

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Luvoneson Thu 28-May-09 13:10:51

So sorry, this must be one of the most boring threads ever written. I always wash chicken, whether it be breasts or whole bird. My husband when cooking refuses to wash chicken as he says you dont need to. This makes me hysterical. I think it should be washed.

morningpaper Thu 28-May-09 13:12:16

your husband is right

there is far greater risk of spreading illness from splashing germs across your sink! cooking kills anything far more effectively.

Psychobabble Thu 28-May-09 13:12:40

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FairMidden Thu 28-May-09 13:13:25

Current advice say don't wash it. Until I heard that, I always did too. Apparently washing just spreads any Campylobacter or Salmonella or whatever else it's harbouring all over the place.


MadreInglese Thu 28-May-09 13:13:49

No need to, the heat when cooking should be enough to zap any germs

Raw chicken should be handled as little as possible IMO, to avoid spreading germs around your kitchen

Pingpong Thu 28-May-09 13:15:14

you are wrong to wash chicken.
just remember to wash you hands after handling raw meat and avoid cross contamination from chopping boards, knives etc

Luvoneson Thu 28-May-09 13:16:44

I always wash in in a 'special chicken washing' bowl. I wash it in the sink, then after that all the bleach and disinfectant comes out to clean around. Thanks advice will stop washing.

jumpingbeans Thu 28-May-09 13:17:23

I used to wash mine, pat it dry with kitchen roll, then pick it up by its wings, let its legs dangle, and "dance" it across the worktopshock my kids used to love it, this was before anything was known about "germs", i don't do it anymore, but i did catch my ds telling his children about it

Pingpong Thu 28-May-09 13:26:40

luvoneson 'a special chicken washing bowl' are you bonkers ?????
you didn't even blush when you wrote that !!!!

jumpingbeans Thu 28-May-09 13:36:48


Psychobabble Thu 28-May-09 14:19:35

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Pingpong Thu 28-May-09 15:30:54

luvoneson I'm now curious as to what you do at Christmas for the turkey? Does the turkey get a special day pass for the 'special chicken washing bowl?' grin

Cosmosis Thu 28-May-09 15:33:06

I have never heard of anyone washing chicken. You learn something new everyday.

I might start the dancing chicken though, I love that!

bellavita Thu 28-May-09 15:35:43

I always wash chicken (inside and out).

Will know in future not to do this.

foxytocin Thu 28-May-09 15:41:10

In the Caribbean people 'wash' chicken and other meats in vinegar - white cane sugar vinegar IME. Not lots of vinegar but enough to cover it when poured over and inside gently. So no slashing around teh kitchen. It also lends a specific flavour to the chicken after it is cooked.

It works almost like putting on a marinade of limejuice etc.

I think that we never had food poisoning in my house may be partly be down to this routine what with lack of or poor refrigeration at times and the heat.

Jux Thu 28-May-09 15:41:27


I remember reading in 'I capture the castle' about the girl washing some "rather dirty looking lamb chops". Made me laugh out loud. I'd never heard of anyone washing meat of any sort since then, until now - that's got to be 35 years!

foxytocin Thu 28-May-09 15:42:34

i came on this board to start a thread. hmm now you all go over to my thread and see if you can help.

Jux Thu 28-May-09 15:52:05

OK foxytocin, I've gone to your thread. Not very original but I tried.

Love the idea of a 'special chicken washing' bowl grin. What does it look like, please post a pic, loveoneson, go on you know you want to.

Jux Thu 28-May-09 15:52:53

(I mean I wasn't very original btw!)

LeninGrad Fri 29-May-09 14:05:20

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ErnestTheBavarian Fri 29-May-09 15:16:45

ooh, I always wash my chicken. Don't have a special bowl though. will abandon the practice. you learn something new every day...

LovelyTinOfSpam Fri 29-May-09 15:21:04

Why would you wash a chicken?


Chicken-washers do you also wash other meats?

Why? But why???

ErnestTheBavarian Fri 29-May-09 15:22:13

all my instructions say wash well and pat try with kitchen roll. so I do.

Don't normally wash mince...

LovelyTinOfSpam Fri 29-May-09 15:31:00

grin ernest I am a born instruction-follower as well.

But I've never heard this one before.

I don't understand why you would do it? In case the chicken is dirty? Wouldn't they have washed them at teh slaughterhouse if it was necessary?

Maybe I will never know...

ErnestTheBavarian Fri 29-May-09 15:40:38

1st recpe google for roast chicken "preparation

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Rinse the chicken, then dry it very well with paper towels, inside and out. The less it steams, the drier the heat, the better."

and again

Quick Pesto Roasted Chicken
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By Diana Rattray,
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Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes


1 broiler or roasting chicken, about 4 to 5 pounds
1/4 cup prepared pesto
fresh basil leaves or 1 teaspoon dried leaf basil and cut up lemon and/or orange, for cavity, optional
salt and pepper

Heat oven to 425°.
Wash chicken and pat dry. With your fingers, separate the skin from the meat around the breast and legs. Push small amounts of pesto under the skin.........

they all say it.

maybe they're in league with Bounty Plenty or detox surface cleaner or something

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