Exfoliate your chicken before cooking it! • Steamy Kitchen Recipes Giveaways (2024)

by Jaden | Chicken, Cooking Tips | 17 comments

Exfoliate your chicken before cooking it! • Steamy Kitchen Recipes Giveaways (1)

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:

  1. Vira Gupta on 2/27/16 at 9:51 pm

    Well – with salt that changes the natural taste in the culinary preparation. probably you want to make it as a quick to-do tip.


  2. Theo on 6/25/14 at 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.


    • SteamyKitchen on 5/24/14 at 8:52 am

      What a great tip – I’ll definitely give that lemon a try!


  3. Beverly on 5/23/14 at 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!


  4. Arthur in the Garden! on 5/21/14 at 5:10 pm

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


  5. Maryann on 5/21/14 at 11:51 am

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


  6. Mary on 5/21/14 at 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.


  7. Karen Martin on 5/20/14 at 11:41 pm

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


  8. Kentucky Lady 717 on 5/20/14 at 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…..


  9. philip francoeur on 5/20/14 at 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


  10. BARB on 5/20/14 at 5:53 pm

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


  11. debbie on 5/20/14 at 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.


  12. Theda Stoppel on 5/20/14 at 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…….


  13. Lira on 5/20/14 at 4:52 pm

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


  14. EllenCF on 5/20/14 at 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?????



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