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Aug 23, 2013 06:27 AM

Julia Child was wrong-Don't wash your chicken.

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      1. That may be true but Health Departments are still going to require the label.

        1. Julia Child wasn't wrong for her time and the type of chicken purveyed.
          Back before huge factory farming operations and prepacked supermarket chicken it was likely that the chicken you bought at the butcher had little bits of feathers/quill stiil on the surface, and little dark bits from the giblets had to be rinsed out of the cavity. Nowadays it is unusual to find the giblets in the bird, they've been packed separately for sale at higher per pound prices.

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            1. re: monavano

              Yeah, that's what I thought when I saw this thread.

              I buy chicken at a traditional market where it's freshly slaughtered and cleaned, and I do have to rinse out bits of the inside, and there are occasionally bits of feathers.

              These days, with the foam and plastic packaging of boneless skinless chicken breasts, I can see the new recommendations, though - the chances of spreading contamination to other surfaces via washing outweighs any benefit you'd get.

            2. re: bagelman01

              YIKES!!! I should read ALL of the posts before I jump in an end up sounding like a parrot! Sorry all!

            3. I disagree. There may be bits of ripped intestines or other entrails left inside, which a quick rinse can remove.

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              1. re: bcc

                If its a whole chicken, why would you care?

                I never rinse chicken.

                1. re: C. Hamster

                  Why would I care? The last chicken I cooked had some green, grassy matter in the cavity. It looked like it had originally been in the intestines. I prefer to rinse it out.

              2. IBL

                This tends to be a very test subject around these parts.

                (I'm a chicken rinser but then I often buy freshly butchered birds)

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                1. re: foodieX2

                  Same. Mine are frozen but come from a local farmer, and they almost always have giblet bits in them. Definitely require a rinse!