Should You Wash Chicken?
Should you wash chicken?
You can, it will not hurt the bird, but it may spread harmful germs all over the kitchen!! The main reason that we do NOT recommend washing chicken is that if there is any harmful bacteria on the chicken (which could lead to food poisoning), rinsing it under water will do nothing as far as removing any of the harmful bacteria (meats such as chicken and pork must reach an certain internal temperature in order to kill bacteria). What rinsing a chicken will do is to spread any harmful bacteria that it may be carrying into your sink, countertops and hands. This is not to mention anything else that your hands or the drippings from the raw chicken might touch in the process!
If you would like to remove the slight slime from chicken pieces, pat the pieces dry with paper towels and then toss the paper towels and wash your hands with soap and water.
Washing does not help the bird.
Rinsing chicken really doesn’t do anything except add moisture to the outside of the meat that must then be removed at some point or it will cause splattering, especially if you are making fried chicken.
So, how do you eliminate and kill any harmful bacteria from chicken?
The only way to eliminate harmful bacteria from chicken is to cook it. Chicken should be cooked until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F in the thickest part of the chicken.
Any other precautions to take when handling chicken?
Actually, every step of the way safety precautions should be taken when handling chicken.
Always wash your hands and any surface or utensil that the raw chicken may have come in contact with.
If you cut it open and see any blood then continue cooking the chicken.
Should you wash pork (the other white meat)?
No, don’t wash pork either. All of the above precautions also need to be followed when working with raw pork.