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Mar 7, 2014 09:27 PM

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?


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  1. No. You'll just spread the bacteria.

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    1. re: JudiAU

      No and yes on the spread of bacteria.

      1. Do not wash. Just cook.

        1. The USDA/Food Safety & Inspectin Service recommends against it. Washing cannot remove the potentially harmful bacteria. Only proper cooking can.

            1. re: janniecooks

              Thanks everyone!

              And thanks Janniecooks. Funny: an idea pops into my head and for some crazy reason, I think I'm the only to ever have thought to ask it!