Many people will spend the extra dollar or two on buying organic, especially when it comes to poultry. Unfortunately, many are still using an army of questionable chemicals to clean their kitchen counters, cutting boards, and knives. Here is an excerpt from Planet Home: about kitchen systems and keeping your free range, organic, local, delicious chicken as chemical-free as you intended.
One of the many hot-button topics when it comes to chicken – conventional vs. local/pastured vs. free range organic (local or not) – is how the birds are disinfected post-slaughter. Conventional chickens in the United States tend to be disinfected in chlorine baths, a procedure that has long been banned by the European Union. It’s also banned by USDA organic rules. There are other ways of decontaminating poultry: ozone baths, eco-water baths, or air chilling. If you’ve sought out and spent good money on a chlorine-free chicken, be careful where you put it. Cutting it on a counter or board that has been cleaned with chlorine or any other disinfectants and retains its residue undermines your choice. Think it through. If you clean with conventional cleaners in a kitchen, you’re applying them to your meals, adding toxic chemicals you were trying to avoid by buying organic or low-sprayed local food. Shift your mind-set to consider your kitchen in a holistic, systemic fashion. Don’t compartmentalize the food from counter cleaners or even pots and pans. If you don’t want your chicken to be contaminated with chlorine, don’t contaminate your kitchen-or any room in your home-with it, either.
So what is the takeaway here? Think big picture. It’s never a good idea to chlorinate your unchlorinated chicken. So do buy local pastured organic poultry. And do be mindful of how you’re cleaning those much used surfaces in your kitchen. Whatever you clean with will get into your food and your body. Buy natural plant-based cleaners or make your own. You can just use vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. If you want something a little fancier for surfaces other than cutting boards, here’s a DIY all purpose cleaner, also from Planet Home:
Combine 2 tsp washing soda, 2 tsp borax, 1/2 tsp plant-based liquid soap, and 1 cup water in a spray bottle and shake well. Lemon juice or essential oils can also be added for fragrance. (Washing soda may leave harmless white reside on a surface if not wiped well.)