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Jun 23, 2009 04:29 PM

You may laugh at me, but please stop long enough to answer my question

Ok, I am the general object of mockery for my husband and friends because cross contamination haunts me. When you start cooking a dish with raw chicken or ground beef or whatever, are you supposed to switch to a clean spoon once the meat is cooked? I don't seem to notice that on any cooking shows. Is there a risk for cross contamination if you don't? Help appreciated, and if it turns out I am rightly the butt of all jokes, then so be it! :)

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  1. You are referring to the wooden or metal spoon that you are stirring the meat with, right? I don't think you need to switch spoons because the heat of the cooking chicken/pork/beef/ or fish will kill any bacteria. I think it's a perfectly legitimate query. (snickers behind hand...)

    1. I understand the concern. My beloved cannot touch raw chicken, and I have come to treat anything that comes in touch with chicken like toxic waste. All knives, cutting boards and bowls go immediately into the dishwasher, and I mean immediately. The bag that we brought it home in and all of the wrappings go out into the trash, by the garage right away.
      If you are bothered by the mockery just give them some undercooked chicken, their bowels will bring them around.

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      1. re: chilihead

        yep, you dealt with all the chicken *stuff* *except* the spoon!

        1. re: alkapal

          Oops, missed that point.
          I have a whole mess of what I consider "cooking spoons." They are the sort of spoon that Jethro from the original Beverly Hillbillies would have used to eat cereal. I somehow have an even dozen. Each one holds four tablespoons easily. If one is "dirty" I chuck it in the sink and grab another.

      2. spoon, i use the same spoon as i've been stirring with, serving off the stove. i'd serve at the table with a fresh spoon.

        but, in my opinion, the "spoon" has been "cooking" along with the dish, right?

        i've never thought about it before. have you been hurt because of unsafe food, as you say cross-contamination fears "haunt you"?

          1. re: TrishUntrapped

            but technically, the cooking spoon has just been touching the meat up until the moment the dish is done and you want to serve the dish. so what's the difference food safety-wise? (i know the aesthetics matter).

          2. If the spoon is oogie with raw meat clinging to it, a new one comes out, or I wash the original- which is easy enough because I'm cleaning as I go and I have a bowl of hot suds in my sink.