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  • Jan 21, 2008, 06:08 PM
    ocutts
    Washing raw meat
    Hello, I know that you absolutely have to wash chicken. But when I watch chefs on TV, I've never seen them wash beef, fish and I don't think I've seen them wash pork (could be wrong there). Can someone kind of go down the line with different raw meats and let me know if they should all be washed off.

    Thank you so much.
  • Jan 21, 2008, 06:12 PM
    N0help4u
    I wash off pork chops because when I don't I usually end up with tiny pieces of bone from when it was cut. I wash of chicken, I do not eat fish that isn't pre breaded and do not wash of beef.
  • Jan 25, 2008, 11:37 AM
    MOWERMAN2468
    You should rinse all meats.
  • Jan 25, 2008, 07:43 PM
    jillianleab
    Actually, the USDA says you should NOT rinse meats:

    Washing raw poultry, beef, pork, lamb, or veal before cooking it is not recommended. Some consumers think they are removing bacteria from the meat and making it safe. For safety, use a food thermometer to be sure the food has reached a safe minimum internal temperature. Beef, veal, and lamb steaks, roasts, and chops can be cooked to 145 °F. All cuts of pork should reach 160 °F. All poultry should reach a safe minimum internal temperature of 165 °F.

    Washing Food: Does it Promote Food Safety?
  • Jan 26, 2008, 04:50 PM
    mldubose
    Washing chicken is a fool's errand. You just end up contaminating your sinks and potentially your countertops. You may rinse a little bacteria off, but it's not going to make a difference. This advice is a holdover from our mother's age, back when formula was better and holding your children made them depend on you too much.
  • Jan 24, 2010, 03:11 PM
    MarMar27
    I wash all my meats and pat dry well because if it stays too wet it will take flavor away, and I take everything out of my sinks when going to wash meat then clean with clorox when finished
  • Jan 24, 2010, 06:53 PM
    Just Dahlia
    I don't wash a thing unless it is a whole chicken or turkey and then I rinse out the insides.
    Or if it accidentally slips out of my hands. WHOOPS:eek::D
  • Feb 1, 2010, 06:19 PM
    MickSGC

    Cooking kills all bacteria.

    No need to wash! As has been stated.
  • Feb 23, 2010, 07:30 PM
    MarMar27

    That thought is kind of scary. I am just use to doing a quick rinse to everything before cooking.

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