When it comes to the kitchen, everyone has their own way of doing things. For some, a kitchen is a sacred place. Food brings people together. While sure, it sustains us and gives us adequate nutrition we need to be healthy, it can also be a communal experience. In some families, food is a love language. It's what brings everyone together from their busy schedules. Despite the chaos of the world and everyone's individual lives, coming around the dinner table can be a constant steady.
Eating the actual food isn't the only great part about it - preparing and cooking can bring about its own joys. There's something incredibly satisfying when it comes to preparing a meal for loved ones. Who doesn't love that sense of accomplishment that comes with perfecting a new recipe?
For all you cooks out there, here's some interesting news that might throw a wrench in your kitchen routine. The CDC has reported that you should never wash raw chicken before preparing it. Naturally, this has the internet divided and spiraling into chaos.
Chicken is very versatile and delicious.
via: Getty ImagesIt's like the poultry that keeps on giving. There are endless ways to cook chicken.
It's a staple many people's diets.
via: Getty ImagesIt's a good source of protein, and pretty easy to make. What's not to love about chicken?
For most people, they have their tried-and-true methods of cooking chicken.
via: Getty ImagesMany people grow up watching their parents cook and prepare food. Cooking is passed down from generation to generation.
Family recipes are a wonderful part of a family legacy.
via: Getty ImagesA lot of people swear by their own methods in the kitchen. Don't you dare challenge a grandmother's way of preparing lasagna!
But, every once in a while, a piece of information drops on the internet that sends people spiraling.This time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is behind the latest fact that has sent the internet into a tizzy.
They recently tweeted out that people should absolutely not wash their raw chicken.
Don’t wash your raw chicken! Washing can spread germs from the chicken to other food or utensils in the kitchen.… https://t.co/IcsYumJd8R— CDC (@CDC)1556294764.0
Raw chicken is no joke when it comes to bacteria.
via: Getty ImagesIt's often contaminated with Campylobacter bacteria, Salmonella, and Clostridium perfringens bacteria. When not properly cooked or handled, these bacterias can spread and cause food poisoning.
When handling raw meat of any kind, it's incredibly important to be careful.
via: Getty ImagesThe CDC recommends a few helpful tips (including the controversial not washing tip...but more on that later) when handling raw chicken.
When grocery shopping, always put raw meat into a plastic bag.
via: Getty ImagesThat way, if any juices leak out, other food doesn't get contaminated. That would definitely not be fun.
Washing your hands is very important when it comes to handling raw chicken.
via: Getty ImagesYou're supposed to wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds after handling raw meat. A quick rinse will not get rid of the bacteria.
Always use a separate cutting board for raw chicken.
via: Getty ImagesIt's tempting to just throw some vegetables for chopping on the same cutting board as your raw chicken, but that's a big no. Nobody wants to eat bacteria-infected veggies!
But one of the tips that the CDC offered when it comes to handling raw chicken has seriously divided the internet.People are not happy with the CDC advising folks to not wash their chicken. You would think people would trust the CDC, right?
People are not pleased.
@CDCgov So we’re suppose to just “cook off” all that gunk from it sitting in a maxi pad for god knows how long? Eat… https://t.co/SafmrKplt1— Wife-Fu (@Wife-Fu)1556297293.0
The sarcastic quips were rolling in.
@CDCgov I'm glad the CDC came out with this. The first thing I used to do before cooking chicken is empty out every… https://t.co/zX4QsOhWTx— TheTruth (@TheTruth)1556496572.0
Some people chimed in with their method of washing chicken.
@CDCgov Leaving these right here. https://t.co/5ADC8gp5U1— MarWilks👀 (@MarWilks👀)1556474411.0
Some people were not coy about their feelings.
@CDCgov 📢📢📢 Anyone who does not wash their chicken is just nasty Dont @ me— Rascheem🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲 (@Rascheem🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲)1556411194.0
Some people went truly savage with their replies to the CDC's tweet.
@CDCgov Only people that don’t wash raw chicken, look like raw chicken— sarah✨ (@sarah✨)1556390769.0
Some went as far as to joke about the CDC's Twitter account being hacked.
@CDCgov Somebody probably hacked the CDC Twitter account and spreading this dangerous heresy. Raw chicken is probab… https://t.co/YprEnlBcLT— Jack Mandora⚖️ (@Jack Mandora⚖️)1556485353.0
Others thought the CDC's advice was pointless.
@CDCgov We’re still washing chicken over here. Then we’re going to wash the dishes/utensils bc we’re not dumb.— CarolefcknBaskin (@CarolefcknBaskin)1556448249.0
Others simply warned not to listen to the CDC.Which, in most cases seems like terrible advice. But people are passionate about their chicken!
Lots of people pointed out that they've been washing their chicken for years.
@pinklill3s @2much2todo @CDCgov @AndreABE01 been eating chiccen that washed in the sink for the past 17 yrs , and i’m fine.— lil swae. (@lil swae.)1556502897.0
Who knew the CDC could illicit such a response?
@CDCgov @AndreABE01 Please DO wash the chicken. Especially chicken. Then WASH the sink— Hello there (@Hello there)1556319531.0
Others stuck up for the CDC.
@TheKitchenista The cdc wrote the article the C!!D!!C!! The comments are killing me. 🤣These are people that handl… https://t.co/N86UNBwbGK— Y’all are mad funny (@Y’all are mad funny)1556305680.0
But people didn't care.
@triceydub @TheKitchenista My great grandma cleaned her chicken, my grandma cleans her chicken and my mother cleans… https://t.co/B3U4tCem0c— Duh-Nitra (@Duh-Nitra)1556370711.0
Some enjoyed watching the chaos unfold in the comment thread.
@CDCgov CDC has folks ready to argue lolll. https://t.co/6YVe8Us3l0— 313 H.O.P.E. Detroit (@313 H.O.P.E. Detroit)1556354118.0
But people came through for the CDC.
@triceydub Yes I remember. And there are videos showing how microdroplets of water spray everywhere. But people can… https://t.co/qO3GUNAZOW— Angela (@Angela)1556374962.0
Some people had a more diplomatic approach.But there is no middle ground when it comes to a passionate Twitter thread. Like bacteria, it cannot be contained.
The thread had over 600 responses to the original tweet.
@CDCgov theres no intelligence anywhere in this tweet https://t.co/5KtHwvkHoe— THEE VIRGO ♥︎ (@THEE VIRGO ♥︎)1556493628.0
They clearly did not expect this type of response from the internet.
We didn’t mean to get you all hot about not washing your chicken! But it’s true: kill germs by cooking chicken thor… https://t.co/hUqTWbkkju— CDC (@CDC)1556567936.0