Hey I don't watch a lot of cooking stuff or cook a lot on my own, but I've got a cleanliness question.
You'll see chefs in shows, like the old Emeril Lagasse on live shows or even the heavily edited Rachel Ray ones, switch between touching raw meat (chicken, pork) and grabbing other containers, seasonings, whatever. Pushing raw meat off a chopping board with their hand and then grabbing the handle to the pan or pot. That kinda stuff.
I can see you doing that in your own home if you're a filthy pile of something distuging, but in cases like Emeril, isn't he cross-contaminating a lot of things by always just wiping his hands "clean" on his towel he keeps on his shoulder? He never actually washes his hands. Then he FEEDS that stuff to people on the show.
Maybe it's just me, but I'm always trying my best to keep my hands clean after touching something like raw chicken.
I've thought about his too. I've seen every episode of Good Eats a million times and AB constantly touts cleanliness but he cross contaminates A LOT. I suspect it's the fault of trying to cram everything into the show's time. They can't waste 5 min showing them washing hands
yeah, i don't get it either. it's definitely contaminating everything, and i guess they do it to save time, but it's a bad habit that people will pick up.
you can see martin yan touch raw chicken, wipe it down with a towel, and then basically touch everything within a 5 foot radius
auntie fee also did it in her video where she was washing chicken in her sink, she grabbed a bunch of spice containers without washing her hands
a bunch of people get defensive because they probably do the same thing, and they'll say things like "lol you don't want a strong immune system or something, you're so sheltered!"
i think with emeril, he probably had separate containers of food that's already been prepared so there's no contamination, but it's still not good to do that on a tv show with people watching who will try to imitate him.
>auntie fee also did it in her video where she was washing chicken in her sink, she grabbed a bunch of spice containers without washing her hands
I love that video. Makin sauce in the sink.
A quick rinse under warm water is sufficent, lots of people seem to forget just how long it takes bacteria from one surface to transfer to another, so lets say you grab a chicken titty, cut it in half or something and you have the remaining titty juice on your hand, rinsing it off right away is more then enough to stop the spread of germs, no soap required(though obviously everyone does use soap after handling chicken).
I used to work in a fine dining restaurant, on the protein side, I had duck, short rib, elk meatloaf, venison loin, caribou sirloin, ground beef for a burger, cornish hens, foie gras, skate, wall-eye, and dry aged ribeye, I'd only wash my hands when I went to the pit to clean out my cast irons, rubbing that meat juice off on a rag is perfectly fine, doubly so when you're going to apply a hot exterior heat to it immediately after.
I hope I never eat where you worked, you disgusting, corner cutting shithead. Lazy son of a bitch. You are going to kill somebody one day and try and pass it off "it's always been fine before!" no, you just got lucky before. God damn you are disgusting.
>preparing chicken breast
>take two out the package with bare hands, wrap loosely in cling film, flatten with the bottom of a cup
>season it, whilst touching all the condiments, taps etc
>drip chicken brine everywhere
>finally, the chicken breast is done
>eat a medium-rare chicken breast because too lazy to cook it again