Around 90% of Americans regularly wash raw chicken with the belief that they’re ridding it of bacteria and sliminess. We’ve been given this advice from many authorities including, perhaps the most beloved of all, Julia Child.
In fact, according to food researchers, the opposite is true.
That’s because washing increases the chances that you’ll spread the foodborne pathogens that are almost certainly on your bird all over the rest of your kitchen too, food safety experts say. We’re talking nasty stuff like salmonella and Campylobacter, which together are estimated to cause of foodborne illness in the U.S. each year.
Food safety researchers suggest that cooking your meat thoroughly will kill any dangerous bacteria. A meat thermometer can also be helpful.