Chicken is the country's most popular meat, with Americans eating on average 100 pounds of it every year.
You’d think that with so many people eating so much, we’d have a better idea of how to prepare it in a healthy way, but more than 50% of people surveyed do not.
Chicken can carry with it a potentially fatal organism called salmonella.
The bacteria causes a million cases of food poisoning, 19,000 hospitalizations, and 380 deaths every year.
Just because you wash it doesn't make it clean.
Even if you run it under water and “clean” it, it doesn’t make you safer.
Put simply, washing with water, hot or cold, doesn't affect salmonella at all.
It might make you feel better, but it also spreads the disease around your kitchen and on your body.
Cross-contamination is a far more serious threat in this instance.
As this video shows, splashing water when "cleaning" chicken contaminates many things around your kitchen.
Don't forget that the marinade you use on your chicken is also contaminated.
Unless it’s cooking with the chicken, it’s not safe to eat. Throw it away and wash your hands after dealing with it.
You're probably wondering how you should clean your chicken.
Well, you don’t. You cook it to 165 degrees F and that kills the salmonella.
Equally important is to wash your hands after touching chicken...
…or touching anything that’s touched the chicken.
It might seem like overkill, but salmonella’s seriously bad stuff, so you’ll want to be diligent here.
For example, the cutting board...
Use soap and hot water on it while scrubbing.
It’s one of the least hygienic surfaces in a house, so make sure you give it the attention it deserves.