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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Exfoliate your chicken before cooking it!


Why you should ALWAYS exfoliate your chicken before cooking!  It gets rid of:

  • bone fragments
  • loose outer membrane that you don’t want to eat (yuck)
  • small feathers
  • dried blood

Watch short video on how I exfoliate my chicken before cooking:

Exfoliate Chicken Before Cooking Video

17 Responses to “Exfoliate your chicken before cooking it!”

  1. EllenCF — 5/20/14 @ 4:39 pm

    I love this tip! I just kept rubbing (no salt) until most of the dead skin was gone – this looks SOOOO much easier.

    Do you have a good recipe for Cold Sesame Noodles?????

  2. Lira — 5/20/14 @ 4:52 pm

    Where did you get your cutting board? Mine is cracking all over and I am shopping around for a new one!

  3. Theda Stoppel — 5/20/14 @ 5:27 pm

    I get the point in general but please don’t try to trick us with those “Before and after” pictures where you show us the breast first and the back on the other one…….

  4. debbie — 5/20/14 @ 5:27 pm

    Yes, I exfoliate my chicken w/ salt. I also like to remove the clear membranes under the skin and if it’s cut-up, I remove the fat inside the thighs.

  5. BARB — 5/20/14 @ 5:53 pm

    never thought to do this before but will be doing so from now on; thanks, barb

  6. philip francoeur — 5/20/14 @ 5:56 pm

    exfoliating sounds good with cheap kosher salt but I skin most of the chicken we eat and rinse them in white vinegar and water, the cutting board hint was the best though! Thank you Philip

  7. Kentucky Lady 717 — 5/20/14 @ 8:31 pm

    Love the video’s love seeing step b step of what you do …never heard of this, but will be doing this from now on…but I usually take off all the skin…..but may decide to leave on now after seeing this video, especially when I make chicken and dumplings…..

  8. Karen Martin — 5/20/14 @ 11:41 pm

    It never occurred to me to do anything more than rinse the chicken, but you have enlightened me! Thanks, Jaden!

  9. Mary — 5/21/14 @ 1:21 am

    Love this idea and am going to try it. Tired of getting the gross parts of the skin and little feathers left on by having to do a minute inspection all over. Also loved the cutting board hint too! Thanks.

  10. Janice — 5/21/14 @ 10:45 am

    The chickens are so lucky they get a spa treatment from you!

    But, in all seriousness, thanks for the tips! Easier than what I usually do.

  11. Maryann — 5/21/14 @ 11:51 am

    I have been doing this for a few years after reading about it here. One of the best kitchen tips ever!

  12. Yes! Its gets a good scub down with soap to remove bacteria and fat and what ever other junk is on it!

  13. Beverly — 5/23/14 @ 7:01 am

    They now say not to rinse chicken anymore because it spreads bacteria over a lot of the area where you are rinsing it. I imagine it’s ok to rinse it AFTER you have rubbed it with the salt because the salt, being a natural antibacterial, will not spread the bacteria as much or at all. Scrubbing with soap???? NOT!

  14. Dee — 5/23/14 @ 5:07 pm

    The skin look so clean, thanks for the tip! Hope that cuts down on the scum when making chicken broth hehe

    Have you try using lemon halves to scrub the salt off of your chopping board? It gives the chopping board a nice smell and much easier on your hand too =)

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  16. Theo — 6/25/14 @ 1:02 am

    This my first visit to your blog and I’m loving it.

    Indeed, i couldn’t have agreed more to the need to exfoliate our chicken before cooking as you mentioned on this post.

    This is something we cannot not afford to miss because its very necessary owing to the reasons you outlined here.

    Thanks for sharing.

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