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Rinsing meat?

Do you rinse meat before using it? Or do you cook it straight from the tray? I was taught to wash meat especially the chicken. Today I want to cook thin slices of beef and am feeling lazy. Is it going to do any harm if I didn't wash them?

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  1. Washing meat? Why ?

    Does it have dirt on it? If so, switch butchers.

    Washing it doesn't kill bacteria unless you use antibacterial soap. Cooking does.

    The USDA says never wash meat or poultry, by the way. It's unnecessary and you risk cross contaminating your kitchen by doing so.

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    1. re: C. Hamster

      <<<The USDA says never wash meat or poultry, by the way. It's unnecessary and you risk cross contaminating your kitchen by doing so.>>>

      +1

    2. The studies I've seen say that you don't need to wash your meat, but you should always wash vegetables and fruit that isn't going to be peeled.

      I do rinse things like fish or squid after cleaning it, though.

      1. I rinse meat if I want to contaminate my kitchen sink.

        1. I rinse some meats and then dry them if I'm going to sear them. Chicken mostly.

          1. No, no, and no.

            No, I don't rinse meat. No, I don't cook it straight from the package, I usually pat it dry with paper towels. No, it won't do any harm if you don't wash it, and in fact you'll do less harm than if you do.

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            1. re: ricepad

              When some meat comes out of the package, it deserves a little rinse. No harm done.

              1. re: c oliver

                Possible harm done. When you rinse meat, everything you rinse off gets scattered and splattered around your sink, and possibly all over your kitchen. And if you think "no harm done", I'll ask what *benefit* there is to rinsing meat? Anything on the surface of the meat that you'd otherwise rinse away is going to be killed by the heat from cooking.

                Your choice: Possible harm done/no benefit, or no harm done at all. I know what I choose.

                1. re: ricepad

                  But, ya see, I live in a "magic house," so I'm not concerned about cooties. I just want to rinse off the 'bloody stuff.'

                  1. re: ricepad

                    <When you rinse meat, everything you rinse off gets scattered and splattered around your sink, and possibly all over your kitchen. >

                    Possibly, but so does flushing the toilets.

                    Anyway, I still rinse my meat once awhile. Funny thing is that I don't consistently wash it or consistently not wash it.

                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                      That's why code disallows their door opening into a kitchen, I suppose.

                      1. re: GH1618

                        Oh we definitely do not want toilet connect to kitchens. However, I meant typical household toilets. Most of us flush the toilet without putting down the lids and "things" actually splatter everywhere. :)

                        http://youtu.be/cqNus5AIHR4?t=1m56s

                      2. re: Chemicalkinetics

                        Me too. Yesterday I had a little beef roast that I just wiped dry with paper towels. Today I had a chicken that had been sitting in the fridge for a day. Some 'jus' was in the bottom of the plate. So I rinsed it off. No bid deal either way.

                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                          <Possibly, but so does flushing the toilets.>

                          That's why a toilet in the home is never flushed with the lid up. In fact, the whole "toilet seat up or down" is immaterial beause the toilet seat and lid are only in tshe upright position when someone is using the apparatus. After use, the seat and lid are always put down before flushing. At least this happens in my house, if they have listened to me, that is.