Do Alabamians Wash Their Meats Before Cooking Them?

I've seen a variation of this question asked a million times and no one seems to have the "right answer." Are you supposed to wash meat before you cook it?

Okay so I have to admit, I've been one of those people that never washed their chicken while cooking. I took it out of the pack, seasoned it really well, and cooked it. I've never heard complaints about my food, never got sick from my food or anything. People loved eating the food I cooked. Not one person ever got sick.

So now, when people are all over the internet saying we have to wash our meat before cooking it, I don't get it. Was I wrong this whole time?

According to the CDC, you should NOT wash your chicken before cooking it. They even said you shouldn't wash your poultry as well.

One common mistake that consumers make in the kitchen is washing or rinsing their meat or poultry before cooking it. Washing meat or poultry can mean different things to different people: some consumers rinse it under running water or with a strainer, others soak it in containers full of water and some even use saltwater, vinegar or lemon juice to try to “clean” their meat. However, washing raw poultry, beef, pork, lamb or veal before cooking it is not recommended. Bacteria in raw meat and poultry juices can be spread to other foods, utensils and surfaces. We call this cross-contamination.

Just in case people didn't get the message on their website, the CDC took to Twitter to address the matter.

Of course, people took to the replies section to voice their opinions. Most don't like the idea of not washing their chicken.




Recently, I've been washing all meats before cooking. Why do you ask? MY WIFE! She doesn't play that! Lol! Even after I told her what the CDC says, she still isn't with it. Her response, "I guess I'll just keep spreading germs then."

So here's my question, do Alabamians wash their meats?

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