Here's why you should never wash your turkey before cooking
There is nothing more embarrassing than touching a chicken or turkey, because of the smell and the slippery skin.
Flushing your turkey will not get rid of unwanted bacteria. This is practically impossible. On the contrary, washing it can increase the chance of spreading bacteria. This is because the water that splashes from the rooster onto other surfaces spreads the bacteria and creates a real opportunity for contamination.
The risk of cross-contamination through washing the bird is much greater than putting it in the oven without washing it, which makes the risk almost zero. This is because the turkey will be baked in the oven at 250 degrees.
The best way to get rid of bacteria on turkey is to cook it. And make sure you wash your hands well after marinating.
Washing hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water is recommended. If any of your kitchen surfaces come into contact with raw poultry, wash them with hot, soapy water. Just never wash the turkey.