Home for the Summer: It’s my chicken and I’ll wash it if I want toSome days I guess I’m just not in the mood for advice. That doesn’t mean, however, that there isn’t some advice out there waiting for me, lurking around some corner or between the covers of a magazine. It’s everywhere.
By: Jan Kent, Lake County News Chronicle
Some days I guess I’m just not in the mood for advice. That doesn’t mean, however, that there isn’t some advice out there waiting for me, lurking around some corner or between the covers of a magazine. It’s everywhere.
A while back, Consumer Reports, the magazine that measures, investigates and evaluates many things in our world, published “101 Secrets from our Experts.” It was the wrong day for me to read it.
The article, called “The insider’s guide to practically everything,” took a look at household cleaners, sunglasses, computers, generators, pet insurance (don’t buy it), car seats, shampoo, toaster ovens, wrinkle cream, and so on.
With great wisdom, one of the secret insiders advised me not to put lettuce next to the vent in the refrigerator, lest it freeze. Another opined that a bigger TV was better than a smaller one. I’ll bet many-a child or teenager has given that same advice to his parents.
I also learned that granola contains fat and sugar. Dried plums are really prunes (No kidding?) Here’s one for the Northland: commercial deer and squirrel repellents don’t work well. And how about this gem: The refrigerator door is warmer than anywhere else in the fridge, so don’t store milk there. Lettuce, maybe?
A really heart-warming tip unveiled the truth about warning tags on pillows. We should all feel free to cut them off despite what’s printed on them about the law. It’s only manufacturers, distributors and retailers that are prohibited from removing the tags. I couldn’t find my scissors fast enough.
But it was the tip about chicken that set my hair on fire. It said: “Never wash or rinse raw chicken in the sink. You’ll splash germs around the kitchen and risk food poisoning.”
The immediate solution to this problem seems to be to avoid washing the chicken. Just cook it up with all those bits of bone, gristle and flotsam and jetsam hanging on the cut-up chicken parts. At least you haven’t run the risk of washing it in the sink.
Or, you could wash it somewhere other than the sink. The shower, maybe? Have you showered with your chicken today? I don’t think it’ll ever catch on.
If you shouldn’t wash or rinse chicken in a sink at home maybe the solution is to send it out to the dry cleaners, the car wash, or your neighbor’s sauna.
Well, I think chicken should be rinsed, and I’ve done it in the kitchen sink for many years without bringing sickness and pestilence down on me and my family. If I’m not vigorous about it, I can manage to do this without too much splashing. I use my clean little kitchen sponge (yes, I’ve been warned many times about this, too), add detergent and hot water, do a little scrub, and this takes care of the chicken hygiene so I can move on to the cooking of bird pieces.
Have you noticed how I’ve off-loaded this burden of advice onto you? Not too subtle, but it works. And it’s so much fun to whine in writing.