Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to wash raw chicken before we cook it. During the process of washing the chicken, we spread all kinds of bacteria in and around the kitchen sink. This bacteria is destroyed during cooking, but remains everywhere else unless we highly disinfect prep areas.
I don’t know.
It makes logical sense –
but there is no way I’m going to cook chicken (or any other meat) straight from the package. Unless it’s ground meat (turkey, beef, sausage, etc.); to wash is extremely disgusting and could cure a meat addiction real quick.
Been there. Done that.
I have personally seen feathers still on the chicken while washing it, and I have seen feathers on cooked chicken which is absolutely gross!
FYI – wings are the worse.
It’s probably just a preference. I can definitely say I was raised this way, as was my mother, who was raised on a farm with chickens. She would tell you that only a fool would not wash their poultry or meat prior to cooking.
By the way, we’ve never gotten food poisioning eating at home. You probably haven’t either.
I’m Just Sayin’… (Damn!)
Chicken From Farm to Table – USDA Fact Sheet