Egg Safety Basics

Hi Sugar Babies!

We have talked about about decorating on this blog, but I’d like to talk about food safety for a second. Many of us, whether we are baking cookies or cakes, are using eggs. Need a refresher on how to safely handle the staple of many recipes? Check it out below:

Eggs are one of nature’s most nutritious and economical foods. But, you must take special care with handling and preparing fresh eggs and egg products to avoid food poisoning. From May 1 to September 14, 2010, over 1600 reported cases of Salmonella Enteritidis infections were associated with contaminated shell eggs. Salmonella Enteritidisis still an important cause of human illness in the United States. Consumers, egg producers, and others should take care to reduce the risk of spreading this and other foodborne diseases by following basic safety guidelines.

Egg Basics

Thorough cooking is an important step in making sure eggs are safe.

  •  Scrambled eggs: Cook until firm, not runny.
  • Fried, poached, boiled, or baked: Cook until both the white and the yolk are firm.
  • Egg mixtures, such as casseroles: Cook until the center of the mixture reaches 160 °F when measured with a food thermometer.

Egg Recipes: Playing It Safe

  • Homemade ice cream and eggnog are safe if you do one of the following:
    ♦ Use a cooked egg-milk mixture. Heat it gently and use a food thermometer to ensure    that it reaches 160 °F.
    ♦ Use pasteurized eggs or egg products.
  • Dry meringue shells, divinity candy, and 7-minute frosting are safe — these are made by combining hot sugar syrup with beaten egg whites. However, avoid icing recipes using uncooked eggs or egg whites.
  • Meringue-topped pies should be safe if baked at 350 °F for about 15 minutes. But avoid chiffon pies and fruit whips made with raw, beaten egg whites — instead, substitute pasteurized dried egg whites, whipped cream, or a whipped topping.
  • Adapting Recipes: If your recipe calls for uncooked eggs, make it safe by doing one of the following:
    ♦ Heating the eggs in one of the recipe’s other liquid ingredients over low heat, stirring      constantly, until the mixture reaches 160 °F. Then, combine it with the other ingredients and complete the recipe. Or use pasteurized eggs or egg products.
    ♦ Using pasteurized eggs or egg products.

Note: Egg products, such as liquid or frozen egg substitute, are pasteurized, so it’s safe to use them in recipes that will be not be cooked. However, it’s best to use egg products in a recipe that will be cooked, especially if you are serving pregnant women, babies, young children, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems.

Remember that we are often times dealing with perishable items. Safety is always key! Happy Baking!

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