There are some things in life that we just know to be totally and unequivocally true, and one of those is that you must, at all costs wash your raw chicken.
Or at least that’s what we thought, until the CDC sent out this tweet letting us all know that we needed to stop washing our raw chicken.
Um, what? What are we supposed to do with all the smudge and smidge that gets on the chicken? Are we just supposed to cook all that goo right there in the pot?
Everyone was understandably mortified.
So we’re suppose to just “cook off” all that gunk from it sitting in a maxi pad for god knows how long? Eating left over feathers and bone dust 🤢🤮. I’ll continue washing mine and not getting sick from “spread germs”. Y’all enjoy.— Autumn (@MissAuty_Baby) April 26, 2019
Is that what’s in there? Leftover feathers and bone dust?
And what do they mean cross contamination? I don’t normally wash my chicken then whip it around the kitchen or anything.
I'm glad the CDC came out with this. The first thing I used to do before cooking chicken is empty out every dish in the cabinet and put it in the sink with the chicken before I washed it.— Tha1truth (@Tha1truth) April 29, 2019
Others though are all in, if the CDC says it’s so, then it must be so.
The cdc wrote the article the— Y’all are mad funny (@triceydub) April 26, 2019
The comments are killing me. 🤣These are people that handle Ebola but folks can’t trust their advice on handling poultry? 🤷🏽♀️🤣🤣🤷🏽♀️ pic.twitter.com/bwrxzmDVSr
And because people were all up in arms about all of this, the CDC clarified.
We didn’t mean to get you all hot about not washing your chicken! But it’s true: kill germs by cooking chicken thoroughly, not washing it. You shouldn’t wash any poultry, meat, or eggs before cooking. They can all spread germs around your kitchen. Don’t wing food safety!— CDC (@CDCgov) April 29, 2019
What’s next? Am I supposed to wash my eggs now, too?
I just don’t know if I can get on board with this. I like my chicken to be nice and clean.
Do you wash your chicken before you cook it?