5 Foods You Should Never Wash Before Cooking, And Five That You Should

5 Foods You Should Never Wash Before Cooking, And Five That You Should

Food hygiene is very important.

It prevents us from becoming ill, ensures our meal is healthy and yummy, but it also prevents us from potentially becoming sick and dying from food poisoning.

A lot of restaurants have been shut down because they don’t comply with hygiene regulations, and have made a number of people ill.

Now I understand making sure your kitchen at home is clean to a professional standard is a lot harder, but it’s still important to make sure the surfaces and all the things you’re using to cook are cleaned properly.

But sometimes it’s also important to make sure the food you’re cooking with is also clean.

Ever since we were children, we were taught to wash everything we are going to eat.

But according to some health professionals, this habit does more harm than good.

There are just some foods that don’t need washing, and that a lead to bacteria being spread, which increases the risk of food poisoning along with other nasty consequences.

That’s why I’m going to tell you how to correctly prepare food for cooking, and what mistakes to avoid.

Food You Should Never Wash


Eggs actually have a special substance that protects them from contamination from any form of bacteria.

Water actually destroys this special layer of protection, so you should never wash your eggs.


Chicken is covered in bacteria that is very dangerous to our health, the most common bacteria is salmonella.

So to try and solve this problem many people wash the chicken with water before cooking, but it’s not a good idea!

When you wash chicken, the water actually helps the bacteria spread to your hands and the kitchen sink.

But what a lot of people don’t know is that if they just cook the chicken, all that bacteria will die.

According to some of the best chefs in the world, it’s better to boil a chicken twice: changing the water for each boil.


Just like chicken, you shouldn’t wash fresh meat, especially meat like beef, pork, veal, lamb.

Again, washing the meat actually helps the bacteria spread to the kitchen sink and onto your hands. Cooking the meat uses high temperatures, which actually help get rid of the bacteria on the meat.

A good idea is to use napkins to remove the meat’s juice from its surface. After that doing that you should wash your hands properly, using soap and hot water.


Washing pasta before cooking it should be illegal. It’s a terrible idea and the best way to ruin pasta.

The water actually removes the starch that helps the pasta absorb the sauce more effectively.

If you really want to wash your pasta, then you can wash pasta after its cooked if you want to use it in a salad.


Mushrooms absorb water, so soaking them before cooking them is a bad idea.

It’s actually better to rinse them quickly and then dry them with a paper towel. But this should only be done before cooking. Otherwise, it will spoil them.

Foods You Should Always Wash

Fruits And Vegetables 

You should always wash any fruits and veggies with edible skin.

Just make sure that you don’t use soap when washing them. This will affect the flavor.

Just make sure you dry the food with a paper towel after giving it a “cold shower.”

Tin Cans

Bacteria can’t get inside, thanks to the lid. But the bacteria will manage to get inside once you’ve opened the can, so before opening it, make sure you give the tin a quick wash and dry. 

It may sound odd but it makes a big difference.

Fruit And Vegetables (Again)

No matter how well we peel them the bacteria from the skin will always find a way on the edible part anyway.

That’s why you should always wash bananas, melons, watermelons, and other fruits and veg with inedible skin.


You should always give nuts a quick wash under the tap, even if they’re peeled.

We’ll never know for sure how or where they were stored, so it’s a good idea to wash them to be safe from any unexpected germs!

Washing them also helps get rid of any phytic acid or germs. 

Dried Fruit

Dried fruit is often considered the dirtiest. Especially when it’s sold by weight.

Even if your dried fruit came in a nice package, you have to wash it first or let it soak it for a few hours.

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