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Apr 20, 2008 12:29 PM

Please Advise - Left the absorbing plastic on chicken

So I just poached some breasts, but in my Sunday morning fatigue, I accidentally left that weird piece of plasticy lining that soaks up the juices in the breasts attached. So it cooked with the chicken the whole time. It seems to have emerged in tact, without having melted or anything.

Can I go ahead and eat the chicken?


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  1. I think it should be ok, but not absolutely sure. Don't most big companies that sell poultry have a hotline? Or call your local supermarket/butcher and ask them.

    1. I'm sure once won't hurt you but I wouldn't make a diet of it!

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      1. re: sarah galvin

        That's what I would say as well. Obviously the plastic is "food safe" but there's a small possibility a small amount of chemicals could leach out when heated and get onto the chicken. I wouldn't think it would be enough to worry about just this one time.

      2. Just so that you know and I hope that I am correct here, but the plastic thingy is called a "diaper" I was told by someone who tried to sell me a freezer and meat back in the 80's or 90's. Any butchers here who can confirm the terminology?

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          1. I did that before, ate the chicken, and lived to type this reply.

            1. Alright. I will try the "diaper" chicken tonight and report back...

              Thanks everyone!