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why do we rinse chickens before roasting them?

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why do we rinse chickens before roasting them?

larryK | Nov 17, 2005 05:29 PM

It's something I always do (rinse then dry with paper towels) but I suddenly wondered why. If there are germs in/on my chicken, will a brief cold water rinse really get rid of them? It's not like I scrub them with a brush or anything. Surely oven heat is more likely to kill them than cold water? Or am I supposed to be rinsing off dirt? I buy chickens from my butcher, so they're not already all wet inside vaccum-packed plastic. The chickens usually look pretty clean too...

Anyone know if there's any good reason to be rinsing a perfectly clean-looking chicken?
Thanks.

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