Health & Fit The Reason You Should Never Rinse a Turkey
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Instead of wrestling a massive 25-pound bird into your oven, we propose that you roast a turkey breast instead. Yes, just the breast. Here’s why (and how to do it).
There are manysurrounding your Thanksgiving turkey, but none is more dangerous than the turkey-washing myth. Raw poultry can contain dangerous microbes like Salmonella, and it's not uncommon for home cooks to rinse their meat under cool water in an effort to wash away these pathogens. The intention may be admirable, but this is a worse turkey sin than overcooking your bird or carving it before letting it rest. According to , rinsing a raw turkey with water is more likely to make you and your dinner guests sick than not cleaning it at all.
When you wash a turkey in the sink, there's no guarantee that all of the nasty stuff on the outside of it is going down the drain. In fact, the only thing rinsing does ispotentially harmful microbes around. In addition to getting bacteria on you hands and clothes, rinsing can contaminate countertops, sink handles, and even the surrounding air.
Go Bold With This Bourbon-Glazed Thanksgiving Turkey
There's something lovely about the simplicity of a brine-free, herb-roasted turkey. But after years of enjoying the same turkey and cream gravy, a gal might want to try something a little radical on Thanksgiving. Maybe you're ready for a change - but you're not ready to bust out, say, the deep fryer quite yet - try our Southern spin on the big Thanksgiving bird. It's rubbed with a chili, garlic, onion, and mustard butter, then basted continually with a bourbon, apple cider, and brown sugar glaze. The results are shockingly flavorful - this is one risk worth taking. See for yourself.
There are threeto lower your chances of contracting Salmonella when dealing with raw turkey: Thaw your bird in the fridge, minimize contact with it before it goes into the oven, and give it plenty of time to cook once it's in there. For the second part, that means setting aside time to pat your turkey dry, remove the excess fat and skin, and season it without handling anything else. To reduce the risk of , wash your hands frequently and wash the plates, knives, and other tools that touched the turkey before using them again. You should also cook your stuffing outside the turkey rather than shoving it inside the cavity and creating a Salmonella bomb.
Stop! Washing your Thanksgiving turkey could spread germs
Go ahead and rinse your cranberries, potatoes and green beans. But food experts say don’t — repeat don’t — wash the turkey before popping it in the oven on Thanksgiving Day. They say that could spread the germs lurking on your turkey in the kitchen sink or nearby food. But it’s been a challenge trying to convince cooks to stop rinsing off raw poultry.
Once the safety aspect is taken care of, you can focus on making your turkey taste as delicious as possible. Here are somefrom professional chefs on making your starring dish shine this Thanksgiving.
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This Is The Scary Reason You Should NEVER Wash Your Chicken (and it has to do with salmonella)
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