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Wed Feb 8, 2012, 06:45 PM

Help an idiot: Do I have to wash boneless skinless chicken breast before I put it in the oven?

I don't usually cook chicken unless it's like chicken nuggets. Do I have to wash these things to get the germs off before I put it in the oven? Thank you from a food idiot.

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Reply Help an idiot: Do I have to wash boneless skinless chicken breast before I put it in the oven? (Original post)
limpyhobbler Feb 2012 OP
Dead_Parrot Feb 2012 #1
limpyhobbler Feb 2012 #7
CaliforniaPeggy Feb 2012 #2
limpyhobbler Feb 2012 #8
Arkansas Granny Feb 2012 #3
LoveMyCali Feb 2012 #6
Arkansas Granny Feb 2012 #12
limpyhobbler Feb 2012 #17
limpyhobbler Feb 2012 #9
alphafemale Feb 2012 #4
limpyhobbler Feb 2012 #10
alphafemale Feb 2012 #16
Duer 157099 Feb 2012 #5
limpyhobbler Feb 2012 #11
blueamy66 Feb 2012 #26
Denninmi Feb 2012 #13
Curmudgeoness Feb 2012 #14
JitterbugPerfume Feb 2012 #15
quakerboy Feb 2012 #18
Major Nikon Feb 2012 #19
libodem Feb 2012 #20
pitohui Feb 2012 #21
grasswire Feb 2012 #22
Nikia Feb 2012 #23
ohiosmith Feb 2012 #24
emilyg Feb 2012 #25

Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 06:48 PM

1. You're supposed to cook them?

No wonder nobody comes round for dinner anymore...

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Response to Dead_Parrot (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 06:52 PM

7. that's my understanding...

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 06:48 PM

2. I never have...never had a problem either...

I do wash my hands after handling it, though!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 06:53 PM

8. ok cool, I'll definitely wash my hands.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 06:49 PM

3. I don't know that it's absolutely necessary, but I like to wash chicken before I cook it.

It's one of those things that can't really hurt and it just takes a minute.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 06:52 PM

6. Actually it could do some harm

I can't remember where I heard it, some cooking show I had on as background noise, said that washing chicken could splash the bacteria around your kitchen. Just cooking it thoroughly is enough to kill any germs.

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Response to LoveMyCali (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:02 PM

12. That's a new one on me. I've never heard that before.

So, I went looking and, sure enough, the first entry that came up on my search says don't wash.

http://shine.yahoo.com/shine-food/dont-wash-your-chicken-before-you-cook-it-and-9-other-surprising-tips-2475547.html

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #12)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:24 PM

17. I had tried searching online and found a bunch of conflicting answers.

I ended up not rinsing just to make it as simple as possible. Thanks again.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 06:55 PM

9. Thanks Arkansas granny.

With a screen name like that, you must know what you're doing. I might give it a quick rinse.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 06:49 PM

4. Do they feel slimy?

You may want to marinade them in something. And then make a little tin foil tent. Italian dressing even. Breasts can dry out.

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Response to alphafemale (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:00 PM

10. I have 2 packets of Italian dressing from the salad bar at the grocery store.

I could let them sit in that for a little bit.
I'll see when I cut them out of the plastic.

I was just going to spray they heck out of them with olive oil spray and then salt and pepper.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Reply #10)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:16 PM

16. olive oil is a very good marinade.

two things you need in any marinade is an acid and an oil. Acid is a vinegar or citrus juice. Add spices to your hearts content beyond that.

If you let those things steep in that italian dressing and then keep them in that and cook them in an aluminum foil tent with a little vent at about 375 for 45 you will be happy mouthed.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 06:50 PM

5. Just don't use soap

The washing is to get the extra blood off (I think, at least that's why I do it). The germs may also get rinsed off, so it's a two-fer.

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Response to Duer 157099 (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:00 PM

11. noted.

gracias.

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Response to Duer 157099 (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 08:44 AM

26. My guy has been in the restaurant business for about 40 years.

 

You bet your butt we wash chicken before we cook it. As well as pork, steak and fish.

You'd be amazed what happens to meat/fish....from the origin to the grocery/meat store.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:04 PM

13. I soak it out, in ice water with a little vinegar and just a little salt.

1/3 cup vinegar in a gallon of water, and about a teaspoon of salt. Let it soak for at least an hour. You'll be surprised at how disgusting the water looks after this time. This draws out a lot of the lymphatic fluid, residual blood, etc. Takes away and strong or off flavors.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:09 PM

14. I always rinse mine, but I don't know why.

I have also heard that it can spread bacteria, but after all these years, I am still here and I am not sick all the time. If you worry about spreading bacteria, use a bowl instead of a stream of water from the tap. I just don't like to see all the water and blood in the package when I open it up.

Good luck, and bon appetit.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:15 PM

15. yes !!

I repeat YES!

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:32 PM

18. The germs add flavor

Even more flavor if left uncooked.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:15 PM

19. You don't have to wash it

Cross contamination is the biggest problem when you're working with poultry. The biggest issue is to wash everything thoroughly that came into contact with the raw chicken. Spraying counter tops and cutting boards down with a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water is not a bad idea.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:22 PM

20. I use a bowl of water in the sink

To wash it off. I don't care what the experts say about splashing the germs around. Point is there ARE germs. I'm careful and most bacterial growth is on the surface so it does make a difference.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:24 PM

21. i do wash them but i don't know why

presumably you are going to cook them to an internal temp of 160 degrees F or more and in that case the germs are killed anyhow...

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:22 PM

22. Alton Brown says just pat them dry with a paper towel

Do not wash.

Why?

When you wash chicken, splatters go everywhere. Salmonella splatters everywhere.

Food Network says don't wash. Pat dry with paper towel, throw it away.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:38 PM

23. The germs get killed during cooking

Most of the germs are on the skin, which has been removed for you, but I still wouldn't risk eating undercooked chicken even if you soaked it. If it is cooked well, all the germs will be killed whether the colony count was in the hundreds or hundreds of millions.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:58 PM

24. Yes. But not with your underwear unless you want every cat in the neighborhood trying to crawl up

your pant leg. Take it from one knows.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 12:02 AM

25. Rinse and pat dry.

 

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