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Nervous about chicken prep mistake!

alexandra7 May 16, 2013 11:47 PM

Hi everyone, I messed up making dinner tonight and it's making me nervous! I dredged some chicken and put it on a plate before cooking it. I rinsed the plate - not hot water and didn't scrub - and dried it with a paper towel. It was just to get it out of the way, but then I got rushed and accidentally picked up the plate when I was taking the cooked chicken off the heat. I finished it in the microwave, so the plate was in the microwave for about 2-3 minutes. I really stress about salmonella or other bacteria with chicken and I'm really kicking myself over it! I'm usually so careful about washing everything and getting fresh plates/utensils when handling raw meat. What are the chances I contaminated the family with the mistake?! The chicken was dredged so it wasn't sitting in lots of juice or anything, and I did rinse the plate off. I'm really hoping no one will get ill, but I'm very worried!

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  1. 1POINT21GW RE: alexandra7 May 17, 2013 12:09 AM

    Don't worry about it. The odds are greatly on your side that no one will get sick.

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      janniecooks RE: alexandra7 May 17, 2013 01:45 AM

      Not to be cavalier about it, but what difference, at this point, does it make? You have already served the food and there is no action you can take to undo that or to prevent any possible ill effects. So what is the point of worrying about it. As the previous poster said, the odds are on your side anyway.

      1. JonParker RE: alexandra7 May 17, 2013 01:47 AM

        I wont say you have absolutely, positively have nothing to worry about with 100% certainty, but I'd be more worried about a meteor hitting my house and killing everyone inside.

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          UES Mayor RE: alexandra7 May 17, 2013 04:35 AM

          Hello??-are you still with us?

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            1POINT21GW RE: UES Mayor May 17, 2013 09:57 PM

            Haha! I guess we were wrong.

          2. Atomic76 RE: alexandra7 May 18, 2013 03:13 AM

            I wouldn't stress over it. I've accidentally eaten chicken that I ultimately found out wasn't cooked all the way through and survived it many times.

            People cross contaminate with chicken all the time and don't even realize it.

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              jbsiegel RE: Atomic76 May 18, 2013 05:42 PM

              I have to confess to being VERY lax about the whole chicken/egg/wash-very-well thing too. I know I should hot water and soap wash after handling raw chicken or eggs before touching other things, but I rarely do that.

              Guess some day this may come back and get me, but...

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                GH1618 RE: Atomic76 May 18, 2013 05:56 PM

                The reason it is advisable to be careful to avoid cross contamination or undercooking with chicken is not because adverse consequences are common, but because when they do occur, they can be extremely serious.

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                  jbsiegel RE: GH1618 May 18, 2013 05:58 PM


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                    JonParker RE: jbsiegel May 19, 2013 12:11 AM

                    That said, rinsing off a plate and nuking it for 3 minutes is *really* unlikely to cause issues.

              2. John E. RE: alexandra7 May 19, 2013 11:27 AM

                I hope Alexandra comes back and tells us what happened.

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                  UES Mayor RE: John E. Jun 18, 2013 05:00 AM

                  Has anyone seen Alexandra?????????? or heard from her?

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