We know Julia Child did it, we know your mom probably did it, we know you’ve been told to do it--but we’re here to tell you to stop rinsing your raw chicken ASAP.
Despite years and years of people saying the quick rinse is necessary to banish bacteria and germs, the splash from the sink actually does quite the opposite according to work done at Drexel University. Turning on the tap when you have a raw chicken in the sink can actually spread the very same bacteria and germs you’re trying to wash away to your countertop and faucet and, yes, even your clothes.
The most dangerous effect happens if you have “clean” dishes or raw foods like salad greens sitting next to the sink. After getting sprayed with the germs from the raw chicken, your family can ingest the veggies or eat off the plates, potentially causing illness.
We know this flies in the face of years of practice, but trust us on this: as long as your chicken is cooked properly (with the thickest part of the meat reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F), all the germs and bacteria will have been killed. So save yourself the time and skip the sink rinse-off.
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