Do you wash chicken before you cook it? If so, researchers advise you to stop washing the chicken and just cook it straight from the package.
According to a report on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams on Sept. 4, chicken should not be washed before it is cooked.
Drexel University researchers say that washing your chicken before you cook it doesn't kill germs. Besides, it can actually spread germs. Bacteria can ride on the misting water droplets and splatter around.the area in a 2-3 foot radius.
Researchers developed an animation to show how washing chicken can unnecessarily cause food-borne pathogens to mist and spread. They hope you will be convinced not to wash your chicken after seeing the animated clip.
Two of the leading causes of food-borne illness are salmonella and campylobacter bacteria. Water molecules carrying salmonella or campylobacter bacteria aren't visible by the naked eye.
The only way to kill bacteria is to cook chicken thoroughly.
Almost all cooks wash their chicken before cooking it. Even the French chef Julia Child and other well-known cooks have recommended washing chicken inside and out.
This report was about chicken, but what about other meats such as steak, roast or stew beef, pigs' feet, veal, lamb, pork chops and turkey?
Will you stop washing your chicken after viewing the video?