Are You a Chicken Washer?

Many of us grew up with mothers who instructed us to wash our chicken meticulously before cooking it. You may want to rethink washing chicken before you prepare it. According to the USDA, it’s safer to skip washing the chicken. Why? Because washing tends to spread bacteria all over the kitchen, making it more likely to contaminate hands, dishes, and food.

Indeed, one government study found that:

60% of chicken-washers had deposited bacteria in their sink

26% had transferred the germs to their salad greens