Hello! My name is Michelle and I'm a writer for BuzzFeed Food. On a recent scroll through the comments on one of our videos, I noticed a ton of people said they washed their chicken before cooking it.
Curious writer (and self-conscious person) that I am, I decided to poll the BuzzFeed community to see where I stood on the practice.
So who's actually in the right, hygiene-wise? To get to the bottom of this question, I decided to ask the experts.
First up? USDA spokesperson Marianne H. Gravely. She said that the department "falls squarely in the 'don’t wash your chicken' camp."
Sounded fair, but I wanted another opinion. So I turned to a second source: germ expert and associate professor of environmental health at the University of Arizona Kelly Reynolds.
Her take on the practice? Don't do it. 😯
But! I wanted to know, what if you washed the chicken using really hot water?
Okay, fine, but what about a vinegar and salt soak? I hear that's more effective than using plain water.
So, is there any advantage at all to washing chicken?
Now, reformed germophobe that I am, I decided to check one last source: a chef from NYC's Le Coq Rico — for a less clinical reference point. And, you guys, not even a chef at a fancy French chicken restaurant recommends washing chicken.
And if a few experts aren't convincing enough, perhaps this very official packaging label is?
Absolutely.Never have, never will.I used to, but I'm stopping ASAP, fam.
We Asked Experts Whether Washing Raw Chicken Was Legit Or Useless
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Will you continue to wash your chicken?
vote votesNever have, never will.
vote votesI used to, but I'm stopping ASAP, fam.