Originally Posted by cheflayne
Doesn't washing in vinegar give off a smell when first cooking? If something smells off enough that the odor will fill the house if I cook it, the only thing I am going to fill with it is the garbage can because that is where it is going. Do you wash all your marinade/rub food items first to eliminate bacteria or just the ones that smell off?
No, washing with vinegar doesn't give off smells when first cooking because it kills the bacteria that are responsible for the smell when you wash the meat. You can then proceed to season and cook it without any weird smells.
I only do this when something smells off AND I'm suspecting it's only a surface problem. Honestly I've only done this a coulpe of times in my life as I typically get fresh meat that doesn't smell, which is the better way to go. But I've had some chicken that were a bit on the "off" side as far as smelling was concerned, but still perfectly good to eat, and I've used that technique to clean them up before cooking. Then I've committed the name of that store to my memory as a place to never ever get chicken again.
I learned that technique from a documentary on the food manufacturers: it was shown how once a piece of meat would be past its "sell by" date, the package would be opened, the meat washed in vinegar and repackaged with a new "sell by" date. Pretty disgusting when you think about it, but if you don't want to throw away the meat, then the vinegar does work - to an extent.