I'm a chef and here are common kitchen myths debunked, from cooking chicken safely to draining rice

A CHEF has revealed the top cooking “myths” and the truth behind them.

Chef Andrew Dixon, from The Grand, York, has lifted the lid on tips for making sure chicken is safe to eat and whether or not you should drain rice.

With the help of Wren Kitchens, here are six kitchen truths you need to know…

Well-done meat is safer to eat

Many Brits believe that well-done meat is safer to eat, but Chef Dixon said this is not always true.

He advised that it all depends on the cut and type of meat. 

He said: "Chicken, turkey, guineafowl, and some game should be eaten well done core temperature of 73 degrees. The core temperature kills dangerous bacteria carried by raw poultry."

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Sausages and minced burgers should be eaten well done, but certain cuts or joints of red meats are safe pink.

This is due to bacteria being on the outside of the meat and so being killed off with the heat.

You should drain rice after cooking

Two fifths of Brits think you need to drain rice after cooking it, but is this correct?

Chef Dixon advised: "Yes definitely, cook your washed rice for 8 minutes on a rolling boil, strain the water, place the dry rice back into the pan off the heat, place a lid on top and leave for 6 minutes."

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Chicken is fully cooked when all the pink is white

Cooking chicken safely is important and many people look for the pink inside to be fully white before tucking in – but Chef Dixon said this is not always the case.

He said a better test is to check the temperature inside and check its core is 73 degrees before consuming.

Adding oil to pasta water will prevent pasta sticking

It can be annoying when pasta sticks to the pan after cooking – and many people think adding oil to pasta water will help the issue.

However Chef Dixon said this is just a myth.

He advised: "The secret to cooking perfect pasta is you need a large pan with plenty of salted boiling water. Enough water so the pasta can cook on a rolling boil."

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Cooking vegetables removes the nutrients

Some people believe that cooking vegetables removes nutrients, and it’s better to consume them raw.

Chef Dixon said this isn’t always true, and cooking vegetables can sometimes aid the absorption of nutrients that are tricky to process in raw form.

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Milk in scrambled eggs makes them fluffy

Making delicious, fluffy scrambled eggs is something many people spend a while perfecting. 

And a third of people swear by adding milk to make them fluffier. 

Chef Dixon debunked this saying it actually makes scrambled eggs “runny and watery." 

Adding creme fraiche can make them light and fluffy.

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