Thursday, January 21, 2016

Don’t wash your meat

Washing meat and poultry is a bad idea, according to University of Pennsylvania professor Jonathan Campbell.

Washing might splash harmful bacteria around the kitchen, he says.

“From a food safety standpoint, it’s a bad idea because we can potentially spread the bacteria that are on the meat to all other areas of our kitchen,” said Campbell. “That makes the food safety hazard even worse.” 

Campbell adds that washing meat also is not effective at removing all of the potential bacteria, which is best accomplished by cooking the meat to the proper internal temperature as confirmed with a meat thermometer.

There’s more on a mycrusher video on the website of the North American Meat Institute. It’s at .

The video discusses the best strategies for safely removing meat from packaging to avoid any cross contamination and the proper temperatures for various cuts of meat and poultry.