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Do you rinse your fish and chicken before cooking - moved from General Chowhounding board

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paulispumonti Jun 1, 2009 02:46 PM

Watching the food shows on TV, they generally open up a supermarket package of the above and may just season the item and off to the oven it goes... I have a habit of rinsing fish and chicken with cold water before cooking, and then drying with a paper towel....there's usually a little slime, and I just feel better about giving a good rinse!!!!! Is this necessary????

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    small h Jun 1, 2009 05:29 PM

    I don't know if it's necessary, but I rinse fish also. Many hands may have touched it, and the paper it's wrapped in.

    1. ammel_99 Jun 1, 2009 05:36 PM

      I always wash my chicken with cold water and vinegar. The slimy film on the chicken is kind of gross!

      1. Karl S Jun 1, 2009 05:49 PM

        The food commentariat has shifted ground on this and now tends to advise against it - the cooking will kill any surface contamination, rinsing won't remove non-surface contamination, but rinsing increases the risk of cross-contamination. Or so the current preference argument runs.

        Do whatever you like.

        1. BernalKC Jun 1, 2009 06:41 PM

          Food TV is not big on details. Showing proper handling of food (not to mention showing all the prep steps) does not yield bigger ratings. I'd go with Karl_S's advice and do what you like.

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            NOLA_Pam Jun 2, 2009 08:38 PM

            Never rinse either one and I'm still alive at 63 to tell the tale, as areall my family and guests.

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