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#26 Daffy2016

Posted 07 December 2018 - 07:08 AM

No. I loathe raw chicken so I’m not touching it any more than I have to.

#27 kirstenfleur

Posted 07 December 2018 - 07:38 AM

Raw chicken- never in my life.

Live chicken- twice. One girl was eggbound, and the hot bath helped her pass the egg, along with some tummy rubbing. The other I THOUGHT was eggbound but turned out to not be, meaning I was left with a very clean silkie who hated me.

#28 Mooples

Posted 07 December 2018 - 07:49 AM

View PostSummerStar, on 07 December 2018 - 03:09 AM, said:

Never. I saw it once on one of those real housewives shows didn't even know it was a thing until that. Then we had a thread on here about it. Never have never will, don't see the need.

I saw that one too, she used hand soap to wash it, she had no idea what she was doing. I’ve never washed chicken.

#29 seayork2002

Posted 07 December 2018 - 08:01 AM

I do not wash any meat/fish/seafood because would it not take some flavour away?

#30 WTF*A*Lot

Posted 07 December 2018 - 08:24 AM

View Postkimasa, on 07 December 2018 - 05:49 AM, said:

No.

I've heard about it because I've done food safety supervisor training/refreshers and apparently it is very common and a very high cause of food poisoning.

Splash some bacteria around your empty sink, chuck a spoon in the empty sink an hour or so later, think "Oh actually, I can get one more spoonful out of my yoghurt tub or whatever" pick it up again and bam, salmonella.
This is why we have so much cutlery that needs washing each day. Both girls would rather get a new knife or spoon. If I have just made a sandwich, they would rather get a new knife. If they eat Nutella or peanut butter out of a jar, a new spoon for each mouthful.

#31 Jenflea

Posted 07 December 2018 - 08:30 AM

I knew someone who rinsed cooked mince under running water to 'wash off the fat'.
I said the fat is the flavour and just cook it till the liquid dries up.

Ugh...that mince must have been awful! Not browned properly, washed...*vomit*

#32 kimasa

Posted 07 December 2018 - 08:50 AM

Ewww

#33 Mollyksy

Posted 07 December 2018 - 09:04 AM

I'm flat out washing veg and fruit, no way I've got the drive/patience/paranoia to wash chicken.

And lol Kirstenfluer, fabulous images in my head! My mums cat rolled in the liquid a pest control guy sprayed so on the off chance the vet bathed her. Silky smooth torte cat with murderous revenge in her eyes!

#34 Drat

Posted 07 December 2018 - 09:15 AM

WTF...

No.

Is that a thing.

Gross.

I try and cut the chicken without even touching it.

#35 BurningBright

Posted 07 December 2018 - 09:16 AM

Yes I do wash the chicken in the sink, sometimes even soak in water plus vinegar to prepare for a marinade.
I also wash meat, fish etc. no mince though.
Sink is scrubbed after all washing.

#36 ~J_WTF~

Posted 07 December 2018 - 09:22 AM

View PostBurningBright, on 07 December 2018 - 09:16 AM, said:

Yes I do wash the chicken in the sink, sometimes even soak in water plus vinegar to prepare for a marinade.
I also wash meat, fish etc. no mince though.
Sink is scrubbed after all washing.

Why?

#37 Inkogneatoh

Posted 07 December 2018 - 09:24 AM

Like someone else, your lucky if I wash the raw fruit and veges.

The closest I would go is to rinse of prawns after I've peeled them, but only if the head goo got on them, and I can't scrape it back off. I'm aware it washes away a lot of the flavour, but, I don't like the thought of head goo.

#38 BECZ

Posted 07 December 2018 - 09:36 AM

View PostJenflea, on 07 December 2018 - 08:30 AM, said:

I knew someone who rinsed cooked mince under running water to 'wash off the fat'.
I said the fat is the flavour and just cook it till the liquid dries up.

Ugh...that mince must have been awful! Not browned properly, washed...*vomit*

A regular on EB does that.  I would think you'd lose all the flavour.

I think it was a thread to do with budget cooking or similar.

Edited by BECZ, 07 December 2018 - 09:37 AM.


#39 WTF*A*Lot

Posted 07 December 2018 - 09:38 AM

View PostInkogneatoh, on 07 December 2018 - 09:24 AM, said:

Like someone else, your lucky if I wash the raw fruit and veges.

The closest I would go is to rinse of prawns after I've peeled them, but only if the head goo got on them, and I can't scrape it back off. I'm aware it washes away a lot of the flavour, but, I don't like the thought of head goo.
If you need to wash prawns, try doing it with salty water.

#40 BECZ

Posted 07 December 2018 - 09:39 AM

View PostSDEE, on 07 December 2018 - 07:04 AM, said:

I went to an Asian cooking class, it was a different country every week, the Indian teacher washed all meat before cooking. She explained it was because butchers didn't have good food handling practices (dropping on the floor and then packaging it).

I thought she was a bit over the top and have never washed meat. before cooking, but maybe that's one of the reasons people do it

But wouldn't have all the bacteria, germs etc. passed into the meat by then?  I'd get rinsing it if you'd just dropped it, but you know, 5 second rule etc.

#41 can'tstayaway

Posted 07 December 2018 - 09:41 AM

I only do it if it’s been cryovaced. I find they have a funny slime on them that I prefer to rinse off and then pat dry.

Re the butcher dropping it reasoning mentioned earlier, I assume that’s from o/s situations where they don’t have the same food hygiene standards.

#42 can'tstayaway

Posted 07 December 2018 - 09:46 AM

View Postkimasa, on 07 December 2018 - 05:49 AM, said:

Splash some bacteria around your empty sink, chuck a spoon in the empty sink an hour or so later, think "Oh actually, I can get one more spoonful out of my yoghurt tub or whatever" pick it up again and bam, salmonella.
I wash down the sink and nearby benches immediately. I then dry it with a cloth which goes into the kitchen linens wash basket.

I think leaving the spoon in the sink and then reusing it is poor hygiene habits too. We put all used cutlery/dishes straight into the dishwasher.

#43 BurningBright

Posted 07 December 2018 - 10:05 AM

Apologies don’t know how to quote @JF. No reason I can think of, saw my mum and grandma do it and I just followed

#44 Soontobegran

Posted 07 December 2018 - 10:25 AM

I have been properly cooking for about 45 years and I have never washed a chicken.
I rinse a Silverside to get rid of some of the salty stuff but I cook the sh*t out of any germs that may be in my meat anyway.

#45 76 others

Posted 07 December 2018 - 10:32 AM

View PostJenflea, on 07 December 2018 - 08:30 AM, said:

I knew someone who rinsed cooked mince under running water to 'wash off the fat'.
I said the fat is the flavour and just cook it till the liquid dries up.

Ugh...that mince must have been awful! Not browned properly, washed...*vomit*
Yuck!

#46 nasty buddha

Posted 07 December 2018 - 10:36 AM

https://www.donnahay...roasted-chicken

It is a common recipe step in donna hay's recipes. I'm sure I've seen it for others but can't remember who.

But I don't.

#47 Drat

Posted 07 December 2018 - 10:38 AM

View PostInkogneatoh, on 07 December 2018 - 09:24 AM, said:

Like someone else, your lucky if I wash the raw fruit and veges.


Yeah.. hugely guilty of not washing stuff...

#48 Ruf~Feral~es

Posted 07 December 2018 - 10:54 AM

My mum always washed chicken - she also came from a developing country and said the same thing.  Butchers with different hygiene standards, meat from markets where it wasn't packaged or refrigerated.

She doesn't do it anymore, but I remember her doing it when I was little.

I do wash out the inside of a defrosted chicken or the christmas turkey though, before I cook it.

#49 Fizgig

Posted 07 December 2018 - 11:05 AM

View PostSDEE, on 07 December 2018 - 07:04 AM, said:

I went to an Asian cooking class, it was a different country every week, the Indian teacher washed all meat before cooking. She explained it was because butchers didn't have good food handling practices (dropping on the floor and then packaging it).

I thought she was a bit over the top and have never washed meat. before cooking, but maybe that's one of the reasons people do it

I was going to say this! DH’s family (Indian) wash all meat before cooking, and rice.

I don’t regularly wash chicken but if there is a large amount of juice that the chicken breast is sitting in I will try to rinse the juice away before cutting but I don’t really like the chicken getting wet.

I’m also haphazard at rinsing fruit, thoughI generally do most veggies.

#50 Babetty

Posted 07 December 2018 - 11:20 AM

View PostFizgig, on 07 December 2018 - 11:05 AM, said:


I was going to say this! DH’s family (Indian) wash all meat before cooking, and rice.


Hmm, I never wash meat before cooking, and only bother washing veggies if they have obvious dirt, but I do wash rice!




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