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

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

      1. 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. 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.

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