Do I Need To Wash Raw Meat Before Cooking It?

I have always wondered, should I wash the raw meat before cooking it? Many recipes tell you to and it just seems like the right thing to do. So I have been washing it and sometimes would think to myself, I really wish I didn’t have to touch for so long. It’s slimy and gross. But I would continue to do it because I thought it was the RIGHT thing to do. Especially after hearing so many stories about people getting sick from veggies that haven’t been fully washed. But, I was incredibly WRONG. Do not wash your raw meat! The best way to prevent the bacteria from spreading is to cook your meat. I am so glad NPR covered this topic recently. Click on the link to read the full story and to hear the radio version. They cover a study and a new health campaign to help spread the word. Basically, you risk spreading bacteria because bacteria can fly up to 3 feet from where you wash the meat. Keep it simple to be safe. Just cook your meat to kill the bacteria and check it with a thermometer. The article states chicken needs to be cooked to 165 degrees to ensure it’s fully cooked. Yippee! I can be lazy again. Now with confidence I am doing the right thing.

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