|Chicken, cleaned and ready for baking!|
While beginning the recipe, I thought back to a recent online argument about washing and preparing the chicken. Should you or shouldn't you rinse and trim the pieces? The old argument was that one should rinse the chicken to "clean" it off and trim the excess fat. Health advocates now argue against that as the water hitting the chicken sprays potentially dangerous bacteria like salmonella around your kitchen and possibly on yourself. I guess I am old school and decided to carefully rinse off the chicken pieces like my Mom did. Research it online yourself and make your own decision.
While rinsing off the chicken I had a mental block which I think deserves mentioning although I am opening myself up to embarrassment (what else is new). Mom's recipe says, "Clean chicken." Now I know that there is a "cleaning" spray which you spray on fruits and vegetables to remove pesticides but wasn't there one for chicken? How do you clean chicken? Is there a cleaning agent or just water? Now I know I was drinking wine while cooking but I wasn't drunk, I just couldn't get past this mental block.
I decided to call my cousin Jennifer to ask her. My sister Sheryl was up at her home overnight in North Jersey so I figured I would have two great cooks to answer my question. I called Jennifer and tiptoed around asking.
"Jennifer, um, when recipes say 'clean chicken', is there something you use to clean the chicken with like ... (My voice kinda of trailed off) ... soap?"
"Umm .. (carefully choosing my words) well I thought there was a cleaner like for vegetables and fruit."
"Sheryl! Your brother wants to know if he should use soap on chicken!" she yelled passing the phone.
"What?!?!?" exclaimed Sheryl into the phone.
"I am having a brain fart!!! When we clean chicken, do we just rinse and trim or is there something I put on it?"
"Marc, are you kidding me? You don't use soap on chicken."
"I just was double checking. I figured you didn't but just wanted to DOUBLE CHECK!"
"You just rinse and trim the fat off the chicken, OK honey?" Sheryl stated firmly. "Don't use soap. Just don't use soap. OK?"
|"For those not so fresh "fowl" smelling days."|
So guess what arrived just in time for Christmas from my cousin Jen? Thanks Jen! A bar of chicken soap, no further explanation needed.
|Mom's Baked Chicken|
BAKED CHICKEN by Abby Deeds
2. Pat dry
3. Put in glass or buttered baking pan
4. Add salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and or poultry seasoning
5. Top each piece with a pad of butter
6. Set oven to 350-375'F
8. Check after 1 hour then after, every ten minutes, do not overcook!