Post # 1
Hey, bees. I’m going to be seeing my OB this week for the first time since my BFP, so I haven’t been able to ask all my questions yet. One, which I’d love your insight on in the meantime is in regards to food. I know the “no lunch meat” rule, but here’s where it gets fuzzy for me… One of my favorite lunches is to top a salad with chicken that I slow cooked over the weekend, shredded and then refrigerated. To me, this is basically the same as cold cuts – meat that was fully cooked and then refrigerated and eaten cold. My DH and sister think the chicken is fine bc the issue is more so the presence of preservatives in the cold cuts, and those preservatives wouldn’t be present in my chicken. But I thought it had to do with bacteria. Thoughts?
Post # 3
You’re right that it has to do with bacteria and not preservatives. As for whether it’s ok or not, I have no idea. If you are worried, you can always heat the chicken in the microwave before putting it on the salad.
Post # 4
@LoveMikey: hi and congrats!
The cooked chicken is not the same as cold cuts. Cold cuts are processed with preservatives and nitrates, so the chance of listeria is higher.
I would have no qualms about eating cooked chicken that i made at home!
Post # 5
You can definitely eat the chicken.
Post # 6
If you dont want the chicken, pass it on over here for my DH 🙂
Perfectly OK to eat. Its the handling during processing and the length of time it sits that increases the risk of listeria. Not the simple fact that it is “cold meat”.