Cleaning UpRaw poultry is home to harmful bacteria like Salmonella and Campylobacter, which can cause food poisoning. However, with careful handling and proper cooking, this is easily prevented.
- Do not rinse or wash raw chicken before use, bacteria can spread to surfaces and utensils near your sink through water droplets.
- Wash or sanitize all materials that come into contact with raw chicken. For example, counter tops, chopping boards and utensils.
- Use a separate cutting board for produce and raw poultry to avoid cross contamination.
- Always wash your hands with warm soapy water before and after handling raw poultry.
- Never put an unwrapped chicken on the counter and always thaw a chicken in the fridge or submerged in cold water to avoid bacteria growth.