Almost everyone makes a mistake that causes more germs to spread. Many people have the habit of washing the chicken before cooking itThey do not know, however, that this is a wrong practice.

A report by the US Department of Agriculture and North Carolina State University explained that the chicken should not be washed before cooking to prevent any bacteria from spreading in the kitchen.

Experts know that chicken meat is often contaminated with dangerous bacteria. Among these are Salmonella and Campylobacter.

“Even when consumers think they have effectively cleaned up after washing the chicken, the study shows that bacteria, harmful to health, can easily spread to other surfaces and food,” said Mindy Brashears, one of the authors of the study.

The report was based on a study of 300 people. The participants were divided into two groups and had to prepare a meal of chicken and salad. The first group received the right instructions to prepare the chicken safely, including the advice not to wash it, while the second one received no indications. 93% of the people who received instructions did not wash the meat that had been treated with a non-dangerous form of Escherichia Coli. 61% of the second group that had not received any indication washed the chicken before cooking it.

Here is a result that many did not expect. In 26% of the cases in the second group the bacterium was found in the salad, in the sink and in kitchen utensils.

Here are 5 tips for cooking chicken, avoiding contamination and spreading bacteria:

  • Prepare the meat last, after other foods such as vegetables
  • Use a different cutting board for meat
  • Do not wash the chicken
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after handling the meat to prepare it
  • Allow the meat to reach at least 73 degrees during cooking