As I was cleaning the kitchen tonight after preparing chicken... I got to thinking... I've been seeing a lot of threads from 'new cooks' and folks trying new recipes and thought I would post a quick reminder about cleaning up after preparing and cooking chicken (all raw meat I guess)...
Here's what I do... I wipe countertops and work areas down thoroughly with disenfectant and paper towels and toss em' (I don't use them to wipe anything else afterwards...) I never use a sponge for this. It may sound a bit obsessive, but I also wipe off the oven door handle, sink knobs or anything else I may have touched with raw chicken on my hands...I always wash cutting boards and utensils by hand in hot soapy water and dry immed. I never put cooked meat in the plate that held the raw meat, (I've seen this done at outside barbeque's). I'm sure most everyone is aware of the hazards of cross-contamination but I thought I'd put the info out there just in case...
. ~ Caroline~
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You know I really used to be paranoid about working with raw meats. Then when I stopped eating meat, it still took me a few weeks to acclimate to not having to worry about it when I chopped and prepped food and even in the initial stages of cooking something.
You can't out-exercise poor eating habits.
The best thing I've ever found in the realm of kitchen clean are glass cutting boards. I have one that just fits into a sink full of hot soapy water. I cut up my gooky-whatever then just slide the whole board into the sink.
Eat good food. Move yourself. Lift something.
I do the same thing! I keep Lyson disinfedtant wipes and wipe down the counter, sink knobs, and door handle. And I always store raw meat in the very bottom of my fridge in a drawer (as to not drip on any of the other items). Totally obsessive about it since I had my daughter, but really you can't be too careful with raw meat these days.
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