How To Tell If Chicken Is Fresh
Chris Godfrey, a well established butcher in Highbury, teaches us how to gauge if a chicken is fresh and fit for eating.
Expert Chris Godfrey on the steps you should take to tell if a chicken is fresh.
Step 1: Look
Check the skin for blemishes and behind the wings for signs of green . You want a blemish free skin and no signs of green under the skin and behind the wings joints.
And no bruises on the skin.
Step 2: Smell
All poultry will smell but it should not be unpleasant or to strong,
Step 3: Feel
The chicken skin should feel soft and have some fat. It should be wet but not slimy and if dry plucked - powdery.
Step 4: Check The Inside Of The Bird Cavity
The inside of the bird should be clean and pink looking, not slimy. You should never wash meat unless it is Slimy with a buildup of bacteria. And it should not smell unpleasant.
Step 5: Storage
Store in cold part of the fridge at the bottom away from cooked things.
Step 6: Wash Your Hands
Always wash hands after handling raw poultry and clean surfaces after use.