My stepson has returned from college with a taste for cooking, specifically chicken and while watching him prepare his dinner the other night, I observed him handling raw chicken and then about to put that soiled hand into a bag of chopped salad!
I jumped up and demanded he freeze and wash his hands first. He complied with some hesitation and a few grumblings under his breath. His mother, who was sitting with me at the island, told me to be quiet.
Soon afterward, I saw him rinse the chef knife he was using (yes, rinse, no soap) and attempt to put it back into the knife block! Again, I intervened and again I received some words from my wife about keeping out of things.
If this is what he does here, at home, I shutter to think what goes on up in Buffalo when he and his roommates take turns cooking in their house they all share... I bet their bathroom gets a lot of use!
I've tried to explain that I have cutting boards specifically for chicken and the need to wash regularily inbetween cutting and preparing but it has been met with 'stop picking on him' rather than 'thanks for the advise'.
How can I impress the need for strict segregation between chicken and other foods so that he and his mom understand that it's not 'picking-on' and more of a concern for his health and anyone else that has the misfortune of dinning at their abode?
I certainly do not want to deter him from cooking, just want him to enjoy what he makes and be sure that it's safe and no one gets sick.