The large percentage of food poisoning , especially during the summer months, is due in part to the intake of eggs and sauces. However, chicken can also be contaminated by certain bacteria that are harmful to health, so it is essential to adopt proper hygiene when cooking and keeping it in optimal conditions.
These are the mistakes you have to avoid to cook the perfect chicken
A study carried out by the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) in 2016 showed that in the majority of chicken products (88%) there was the presence of the bacterium ‘Campylobacter’, which causes a large part of food poisoning.
In this way, the risk of infection is considerable if cooking is not taken into account or if the chicken meat is handled poorly. “Fortunately, the bacteria die easily at cooking temperature, so if the proper precautions are taken there will be no problem,” warns the OCU.
Why is it preferable not to wash raw chicken?
As with chicken, it is better not to wash them, since with the water they could lose nutrients, flavors and aromas. To avoid poisoning, it is best to cook these foods well.
Why you shouldn’t wash these foods before cooking
One of the first recommendations to ensure the safety of chicken products is not to wash them . According to the OCU, this action that is carried out by a large percentage of consumers can increase the risk of food infection because it can cause bacteria to spread throughout meat, in the kitchen or through other foods.
The same kitchen utensils should not be used for other foods.
Therefore, it is advisable to cook the chicken well and not leave it raw, making sure that the center is well done , wash all the kitchen tools that are going to be used for cooking and exercise extreme hand hygiene with soap and water before handling. any food. Also, it is advised not to use the same utensils for chicken as for other products in order to avoid cross contamination.
Once cooked, all the bacteria must have been destroyed, but it is advisable not to leave it at room temperature, as they could reproduce . Thus, you can keep the cooked chicken in a refrigerator for up to 48 hours, added from the organization.
Chicken meat must be kept at a temperature below 4ºC.
Freeze the chicken if it is not going to be eaten in 24 or 36 hours
To keep the meat in optimal conditions and preserve it properly, the first thing to do is avoid breaking the cold chain. ” Transport the chicken in an airtight bag and if it is not going to be consumed in 24-36 hours it is better to freeze it,” they say in the OCU. On the other hand, chicken meat must be kept “at a temperature below 4ºC to avoid the appearance of bacteria”.
In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the following recommendations to avoid risks from consuming chicken:
Use a different cutting board for raw chicken.
Never place cooked food, fresh vegetables or fruits on a plate or table where raw chicken meat has been.
Wash cutting boards, utensils, dishes, and surfaces with soap and water after cooking chicken.
Follow cooking instructions for raw frozen chicken.
Isolate the chicken in a container to prevent the juice from dripping onto other foods.