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Here’s why you should never wash your Christmas turkey

It can do more harm than good

There are a million little things to worry about getting right if you’re cooking Christmas dinner this year, but this is one you don’t want to mess up: Rinsing a raw turkey could spread more bacteria than it would get rid of it.

It sounds counterintuitive, because you might want to give the old bird a little wash-off before its big moment, but washing an uncooked turkey can splash pathogens, like salmonella, onto other kitchen surfaces, according to the NHS. And therefore can lead to serious food borne illnesses.

The USA’s Good Housekeeping Institute’s Test Kitchen agreed, saying this rule should apply to all raw poultry, not just turkey. ‘We recommend you pat raw poultry dry with paper towels instead,’ says Catherine Lo, associate food editor at the GHI.

The best way to avoid bacteria on your bird is actually to pop it in the oven. That’s because the only way to kill the bacteria on uncooked food that causes those food borne illnesses is to cook it. ‘Also make sure you wash cutting boards, surfaces, and hands to avoid any other cross-contamination,’ Lo adds.

So remember to wash everything, just not the turkey.

via: Good Housekeeping UK


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