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1 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Sep 2, 2013 6:31:10am

I make soup using a frozen chicken. It is pretty hard to wash while frozen, so I just tie it in a cheesecloth bag and drop it in the soup pot.

When the soup starts boiling, a bunch of crud rises to the top and Zedushka has to scrape it out with a special strainer. There is more or less crud depending on how dirty the chicken is.

Then we let the soup simmer at a slow boil for 6 hours, that must kill all the bad germs or maybe even acts as a vacciine because chicken soup has “medicinal” healing properties.

2 Randall Gross  Mon, Sep 2, 2013 7:14:52am

We use fresh or thawed when we bake them, and you have to dig in them for the gizzards, liver, etc. anyway, so you might as well wash ‘em then. We take pains to sanitize all afterwards, but not until the chicken is in the oven. (Clorox overspray does not help the chicken’s flavor…) Of course nowadays it’s becoming much rarer to buy chickens with all their parts, but you still need to look.

3 EiMitch  Mon, Sep 2, 2013 7:20:07am

I once tried grilling chicken without washing it first. The bacterial film didn’t cook off like I was told it would. It was safe to eat, but it had the taste and texture of snot baste. Not to mention the flavor of the seasoning didn’t penetrate the film. I dunno about you, but I ain’t doing that again.

If you want safety, clean-up the kitchen after you’re done preparing the raw chicken.

4 Amory Blaine  Mon, Sep 2, 2013 8:54:19am

I never wash chicken. No harm no fowl.

5 SpaceJesus  Mon, Sep 2, 2013 9:07:15am

The “Germ-vision” video of the chicken getting washed was made by 2 of my childhood friends. I will continue to wash my chicken however.

6 Political Atheist  Mon, Sep 2, 2013 11:10:35am

I wash it for another reason. Poultry processing/factory crud which can include bits of metal. Meat processing includes band saws and those blades shed bits when they break. I figure the bacteria is through and through more or less. We just use a low pressure rinse in the sink, and Ajax the sink and counter afterward. I think the biggest mess chicken ever made in my kitchen is one of my recipes. It calls for chicken thighs that you remove the bone from, smash the bone up wit a mallet and cook that in the iron pan before the rest gets cooked. Adds flavor. Adds work & cleanup.

7 majii  Mon, Sep 2, 2013 4:18:48pm

I always wash my chicken before cooking it. After washing it, I use bleach to clean the sink, counter, kitchen sink faucets, and every surface it comes into contact with. I even wash the outsides of the condiment containers with bleach after using them to season the fowl. One can’t be too careful when it comes to food safety.

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