Ok apparently people do not know how to prepare chicken and are getting sick from Salmonella poisoning. So here is my guide to avoid getting sick.
- Don’t be an idiot.
- Don’t eat raw chicken. (The above should be good enough for 90% of you out there. For the rest of you, please continue.)
- Rinse raw chicken off. (Be careful not to splash onto counter tops. If you do, spray with a good disinfectant and wipe away.)
- Cook Chicken fully. Chicken is not like beef. There is either cooked or not cooked. There is no rare, medium rare and so on.
- MOST IMPORTANT STEP! While chicken is cooking. Place any plate or tray or container that held the raw chicken into the sink. Wash thoroughly. Never place cooked chicken back on the same plate that you had the raw chicken on. This is where most people get Salmonella from. Always keep things that touched the raw chicken from touching the cooked chicken.
As long as you follow these rules you will never get Salmonella poisoning. That chicken could be jumping with Salmonella. It could have fallen off a truck and landed in pool fool of Salmonella and you will not get sick if you follow my rules.
*If somehow you do get it. You either didn’t follow the rules above or it is proof positive of two things. One, there is a God. Two, he does not like you.
Please pass this on as you know you have at least a few friends that are complete idiots. This is for them.
How do I know if I’ve been infected?
Symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. They develop 12 to 72 hours after infection, and the illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment. But diarrhea and dehydration may be so severe that it is necessary to go to the hospital. Older adults, infants, and those who have impaired immune systems are at highest risk.
More Info available at WebMD.
Side note. Some doctors have suggested that it’s pointless to wash the chicken before you cook it. For example, ABC Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser. He explains that you don’t need to rinse it because the spray from the rinsing can infect the counter tops.
It is true that the spray can infect the counter tops. Wiping your counter top down with just a clean dry paper towel will eliminate around 94% of the germs and bacteria on the surface. Now if you spray the area with a simple ant–bacteria disinfectant with bleach in it, you’re pretty much going to kill 99% of everything including HIV.
So why do I suggest rinsing off your chicken? Simple, it just came from a butcher. There’s always little pieces of bone fragments and ligaments that get missed by the butcher. You cook that, bite it and can chip a tooth, even swallow it, not evening knowing it and that can cause internal damage. Not to mention you don’t know what the butcher was cutting right before he got to your chicken. It could have been some steak, pork, almost anything. Just rinse it off well and get that crap off of your chicken. No, it’s not necessary but you’ll thank me for it in the long run.