Need to wash off chicken pieces before cooking?
I purchased boneless skinless organic chicken thighs. Do I need to wash each individually before tossing in the pan? (Years ago I used to do that just to clean them). Then I thought: these are raw dead chicken pieces: how clean can they be? That's why we cook them, to kill the germs. Now I just toss the package in the pan and cook. Is that ok?
The USDA/Food Safety & Inspectin Service recommends against it. Washing cannot remove the potentially harmful bacteria. Only proper cooking can.
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