To Rinse or Not to Rinse the Chicken?

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To Rinse or Not to Rinse the Chicken?


I’ve been a huge fan of The Chew since it first debuted.  I’ve always considered myself to be a fairly decent cook, but I’ve learned so many more tips, tricks, and ways to maneuver around the kitchen due to this great show.   They’ve also helped me figure out why some of my recipes have flopped and how to improve others.

Today’s episode highlighted something that may or may not be controversial in many homes and restaurants.  For many years, people have often been told to rinse the chicken after removing it from the package, before cooking.  Sometimes I do it, sometimes I don’t.  I’ve always figured that whatever is swimming around the chicken is probably swimming through the chicken as well.  However, I do make sure that I drain any of that gunk that is in the package.  I absolutely hate the junk that splatters all over your sink, so I generally try to pour it directly down the drain.

After watching today’s episode of The Chew, I decided that I’ve pretty much been correct about it all, all along.  There is new research showing why you should NOT rinse that chicken before cooking.  Yes, it does splatter EVERYWHERE around the kitchen sink, up to THREE FEET AWAY!  I have one of those super deep sinks, so that makes me feel a little better, but how much more unsafe can it get?

If you still one of those people who insists on rinsing the chicken before cooking, the episode did recommend wiping your sink down with bleach on a regular basis.  Yep, that means three feet in every direction of your sink!

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