I’ve been told that raw poultry should be washed before you cook it, and that’s what I’ve always done. But it seems that’s a big no-no.
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 nearly 1.9 million cases of foodborne illness in the U.S. each year.
Some studies suggest bacteria can fly up to 3 feet away from where your meat is rinsed — though you can’t necessarily see it.
If you aren’t convinced yet, here’s a video simulating where germs get while the chicken’s being washed:
Well, I’m never doing that again.