Thursday, 13 December 2007

Christmas turkey (Χριστουγεννιάτικη γαλοπούλα)

Here go the British again, with their typical pedantic trivia - this time concerning how germs are spread. The bbc reports that if you wash a turkey or chicken prior to cooking it, you risk filling your benchtop with excessive bacteria. Even if this were the case, couldn't you wipe down the whole benchtop after you washed the turkey? The British have been cooking turkey for Christmas for a very long time now. What food poisoning did they suffer when turkeys were sold hanging on rods on the street in the middle of London in 1923???

I wouldn't be surprised if the British didn't know how to wipe down their benchtops - have you seen the way they do the dishes, as if grease and grime could just be scrubbed off with a scourer resembling a hairbrush? If you don't know the best way to wash a dish (shame on you), just take a ScotchBrite pad, squeeze only a drop of dishwashing liquid onto it (the FAIRY commercial is not entirely incorrect in its estimations - one small blob could clean 4 plates, 4 glasses, and all the basic cutlery when absorbed into a sponge with some water), wet it to make it soapy, let the tap run (which is worse - using more water than necessary, or getting rid of germs?), take a dirty dish (which you've cleared of food scraps) in one hand, and scrub it clean with the rough side of the ScotchBrite pad in your other hand. When the plate (cup, mug, glass, platter, etc) is clean and soapy, turn the pad over and give it a wipe with the sponge, then rinse it dry under the tap, and let it dry on a drainer - no need for a tea towel.

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