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"Cross contamination!" "Cross contamination!" "Cross contamination!" "ZOMG!!! Cross contamination!"

Am I the only one who's tired of hearing a hundred voices join in a chorus of, "We must be careful of cross contamination!" every time chicken is mentioned anywhere? It seems like every Youtube video that I watch, every cooking show, and every post I read online that mentions chicken must be assaulted with a cacophony of fear-tinged commentary about cross contamination.

Honestly, is there anyone on the planet who isn't aware of the dangers of cross contamination at this point? Doesn't anyone else find this tedious and redundant at best, and annoying at worst? Indeed, some of my relatives won't even eat chicken or turkey anymore unless it's bone dry and utterly disgusting. I wanted to make a duck curry for some friends of mine but they cringed at the medium-rare consistency of it, so I had to cook it to a disgusting and chewy well done. Cooking poultry has degenerated from fun to laborious for me: I'd rather just avoid it in lieu of other meats these days.

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  1. Blame the lawyers for the litigious climate we live in and all the frivolous lawsuits overwhelming our court systems.

    btw....get any good Thai inspired cookbooks for Christmas

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    1. re: fourunder

      Nah. I think most court systems are overwhelmed by no real increase in funding in 10-15 years. And most of us rotten lawyers actually settle most of our cases most of the time.

      Vorpal, I think most Americans are so used to eating crappy, contaminated chicken that we're jumpy. It's too bad. I think if the food supply was safer, you'd have an easier time feeding folks good poultry.

    2. Two words: Chicken soup.
      Boil the dickens out of it and let them eat bread.....
      With wonderful butter, of course. Love the dunking part.
      hAPPY nEW yEAR.

      1. "but they cringed at the medium-rare consistency of it" - obviously there are numerous items that not everyone is aware of (medium rare chicken?)...

        but maybe that recipe came from one of those gifts you love to throw in the closet.

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        1. re: jfood

          My own personal recipe: a homemade Thai red curry with duck.

        2. I'll happily eat some of that duck curry, medium rare and all. Yum.

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          1. re: Emmmily

            Thank you! *grins* The sauce (I pound my own curry paste out) turned out delightful. The duck was nearly inedible at well done (even the guests who requested it so agreed on that point), unfortunately, but they all dug their spoons in to devour the curry itself!

          2. Actually, I get a good laugh whenever a TV "chef" handles chicken, touches just about every surface in the kitchen, THEN gives their hands a quick rinse while making the "cross-contamination speech." What a hoot!

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            1. re: pikawicca

              I always laugh over that also. If they did a "proper" wash the show would go from 30 to 60 minutes :)