5 Foods You Should Never Wash Before Cooking
A special substance is often put on eggs to protect them from contamination by bacteria. Water destroys this protection, so you shouldn’t wash eggs.
The bacteria on fresh chicken are very dangerous for our health. The most well known of all is salmonella. Many people think that washing chicken before cooking helps to solve this problem, but it’s not true. When you wash chicken, the water you use helps the bacteria spread to your hands and the kitchen sink.
If you start cooking it right away, all bacteria will die. According to the best chefs, it’s better to boil chicken twice: after the water boils the first time, you should change the water and continue boiling.
Just like chicken, you shouldn’t wash fresh meat (beef, pork, veal, lamb) because washing helps the bacteria to spread to the kitchen sink and your hands. You can get rid of the bacteria with high temperatures.
Tip: Before cooking, use napkins to remove the meat’s juice from its surface. After that, use soap and hot water to wash your hands.
It’s hard to tell who thought it was a good idea to wash pasta . Chefs think that washing pasta should be illegal because the water removes the starch that helps to absorb the sauce more effectively.
You can wash pasta only after cooking in case you want to use it in a salad or a wok with the stir-fry technique.
You can’t keep mushrooms under water for a long time or soak them: they absorb water very well. It’s better to rinse them quickly and dry them with a paper towel. You should only do this right before cooking. Otherwise, they will spoil and lose their elasticity.
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