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Should You or Shouldn't You Wash a Raw Turkey?

Test Your Turkey Washing Smarts

Turkeys are not just for Thanksgiving. They are a Winter holiday staple. Most of us like to wash our whole turkey before cooking it, but should we even bother? Take this short (one question) mini quiz to test your turkey-washing smarts.


Test Your Turkey Washing Smarts

T/F: Washing your turkey before cooking it gets rid of germs that cause food poisoning.

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n_i_k n_i_k 9 years
Nice to know.
HappyKate HappyKate 9 years
Washing the turkey is usually done not to get rid of harmful bacteria ( which doesn't work)but to clean out the cavity to get rid of the blood and such. At least thats why everyone I know does it. :}
starkiss23 starkiss23 9 years
I had never even heard of washing your turkey before.. it just seems like it would be complete overkill to wash it before sticking it in the oven for a few hours.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Got it :)
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
Thats good to know. I always wash my hands a few times after handling chicken and turkey and wash the countertops with lysol.
Kelly-O Kelly-O 9 years
I know I've always been told to wash my hands a lot when handling poultry. I would guess that's got something to do with the reasons you wouldn't want to wash out a turkey.
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