SHOULD CHICKEN BE WASHED BEFORE IT IS STORED IN THE FRIDGE?

1 month ago

Washing food ingredients before entering the refrigerator is a habit that is generally done. Washing fruits and vegetables to remove pesticides and dirt is the way to go. How about raw chicken? Does it need to be washed?

Chicken is a food source of protein that is most often consumed by the public. Almost all houses always provide a choice of chicken on their menus. In addition to protein sources, chicken also contains vitamins and minerals needed by the body. Some of them are;

• Vitamin B6 and B3

• Minerals such as phosphorus, selenium, potassium

However, not many people understand how to store raw chicken meat properly. Did you know that washing chicken meat is not the right way? There are many bacteria found in raw chicken meat. The bacteria usually found in chicken meat is Campylobacter, the main cause of gastrointestinal infections, such as diarrhea. Without realizing it, the water used for washing the chicken will become contaminated with the live bacteria from the meat and this contaminated water will be splashed everywhere spreading the bacteria far and wide in your home. Although the number of bacteria may not be too large, they still carry a risk of causing a serious infection.

Maybe some of you are worried, that if you don't wash it, the bacteria will still be left on the chicken meat. No need to worry, because if you cook chicken properly, bacteria and germs will disappear and die. Bacteria cannot live at high temperatures, so you have to cook the chicken at a minimum temperature of 75 degrees Celsius so that the germs attached to the chicken will die.

Unlike beef, the content of pathogenic bacteria in chicken meat means you have to be extra careful in processing it. Let's take a look at the following tips:

  • Do not wash the chicken

Washing chicken meat causes bacteria to spread to other foodstuffs.

  • Chicken meat should be stored in the freezer in a closed container

So that it does not mix with other food ingredients in the freezer.

  • Use different cutting tools for meat, vegetables, and fruit

This is to prevent vegetables and fruit from being exposed to the bacteria present in the meat. 

  • Freshly purchased chicken meat can go straight into the freezer

If you want to use it, put the chicken in cold water, and when thawing (make sure it doesn't freeze again) make sure the outer surface temperature doesn't exceed 5 degrees Celsius for more than 4 hours.

  • Wash your hands as often as possible 

Wash hands before and after processing raw chicken meat.

Have you been doing it the right way all this time?