Resist Rinsing Your Turkey Before Cooking

November 19, 2019

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There are many misconceptions surrounding your Thanksgiving turkey, but none is more dangerous than the turkey-washing myth. While some recipes calls for your bird to get a bath beforehand, it can cause more harm than good. Raw poultry can contain dangerous microbes like Salmonella and it does appear to be a good idea to rinse it off. It has the opposite effect in spread germs to hands, work surfaces, clothing and nearby utensils or food, a process called cross contamination. A lot of recipes recommend cooking temperatures lower than what is considered “safe” by the FDA, which means those harmful pathogens are still a danger to your health.  Make sure your turkey reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF. Besides cooking your meat, your best defense is keeping your raw bird as far away from fresh produce as possible, and washing your hands, cutting boards, and surfaces in hot soap water (for at least 20 seconds) after the prep is done.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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