Washing Chicken. In totally unusual news, by rinsing raw chicken, before cooking it, you are in fact effectively distributing infection around your kitchen in the form of chickeny water droplets Those droplets can travel up to three feet before landing on…well, what’s within three feet of your kitchen sink?
Washing Chicken Statistics
Figures show that 44% of people always washing chicken before cooking it – a practice that can spread campylobacter bacteria onto hands, work surfaces, clothing and cooking equipment through the splashing of water droplets.
Some cases of campylobacter result in potentially severe complications and even cause nerve damage, so take this to heart and amend your food-prepping ways. Remove your chicken from the package and keep it confined to one surface: a non-porous cutting board that can be cleaned thoroughly. And be careful to not splash water around.
Ensure that you wash your hands thoroughly after handling raw chicken. Chicken naturally contains Salmonella, and hen’s ovaries carry Salmonella naturally. It is not harmful to them, but it spreads it to each egg that they lay, and every new chick hatched.
Correct Hand and Area Washing Essential
To wash your hands thoroughly, you must scrub all parts of them, including your wrist and exposed arms areas for 15 seconds. Sanitizer is not effective if your hands have not been washed well first. It is like sanitizing a plate that has dried food on it. It just simply will not work.
Then all work areas must be washed properly. Wiping them off will not kill any bacteria or viruses present. First, wash the area in warm soapy water. Then rinse it with clean water. Then wipe the area with a mild chlorine product such as bleach. It doesn’t take much. About a tablespoon per sink full. The added effort of doing this will prevent a lot of minor and possible major illnesses in your family.