Should You Wash Your Chicken before Cooking?

  • 30 May 2019

There are a few ways to deal with your raw chicken

There has been a lot of debate on whether raw meat especially chicken should be washed before cooking.

Traditionally, we were taught that washing removes any bacteria that is on the surface of the chicken but what studies have shown is that salmonella and campylobacter, potentially fatal bacteria that can cause severe food poisoning and even death, is not that easy to get rid off.

In a statement released by the UK National Health Service, when chicken is placed under running water, the bacteria spreads around as water droplets can travel up to 50 cm and is the reason why it shouldn't be washed.

It is always recommended to use gloves while cooking meat and to throw them away after each use.

According to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the only way to eliminate bacteria is to cook the chicken at the 165 degrees Celsius that can kill all the germs and bacteria.

If you would still like to wash your chicken to get rid of the slime, take hot water and add turmeric, black pepper and salt. Leave the chicken in for two minutes and rewash it with fresh hot water.

It is advisable to keep the hands clean before and after handling any type of meat. Always keep raw and cooked food covered and wash all kitchen utensils before using them.

Source: Times of India
Photo source: Delish

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