Thursday, March 24, 2011

How Safe Are Your Eggs?

These are some of my farm fresh eggs~ I just think these eggs are so cute. Something about eggs make us just think about new life. Eggs are a wonderful source of protein and are used in most everything we cook. But~

Did you know that any chicken can lay an egg one day that is just fine but one day may lay an egg that is infected with salmonella?

There's always some threat of salmonella poisoning from raw eggs. An infected hen can lay normal eggs and then occasionally lay an egg contaminated with salmonella. You will not be able to tell if an egg is infected by look or smell.
Salmonella enteritidis can infect the ovaries of healthy-looking hens and contaminate the eggs before the shells are formed.

Can I get sick from handling raw eggs contaminated with salmonella?
Yes, so wash your hands with soap and water after handling raw eggs. It's rare to develop salmonella poisoning from handling eggshells alone.
Can salmonella from raw eggs spread to other surfaces in the kitchen?
Yes. Disinfect (don't just wipe down) all surfaces that have come into contact with raw egg.
How should I store eggs?
Eggs should be refrigerated at 45 degrees or below. If an egg is stored properly, any salmonella in that egg will be less likely to grow.

Information Source~Wiki

  • Eggs can remain edible for even longer than a month, but freshness (egg yolk that sits firm and high, and a thick viscous egg white) will be noticeably less after two weeks. 

    If eggs start out as Grade AA, they remain AA for only two weeks if properly refrigerated. After that, they'll be Grade A for another 2 weeks. 

  • Here is a true test of freshness: Get a bowl of cold water. Put the whole egg in the water. If it sinks, it's fresh; if it floats to the top, it is old. It will kind of lay almost on its side. You can see the age of it by how much it floats. It's a good idea to do this test before selling any eggs if you suspect they are older than two weeks. 

    However, by putting the eggs in water, you wash away the bloom from the egg, a protective layering that prevents bacteria from entering the egg. Therefore, unless you are not expecting to keep the eggs for very long, you should not put them in water. If you must wash the eggs, use HOT running water. 
  • Farmers have 30 days from the day an egg is laid to get it to stores. Then, the stores have another 30 days to sell the eggs. The USDA recommends a maximum of 5 weeks in your refrigerator before you discard your eggs. What does this all boil down to? On April 1, you could be eating an egg that was laid on Christmas.
  • Many eggs in the U.S. get to market within a few days of laying. If there is a USDA shield on the carton, it must have at least a Julian pack date. A use-by is not required, but if used, it must not be more than 45 days from packing. If the eggs are not distributed interstate, state laws will apply and are variable. 
  • Keep in mind that farmers generally get their eggs to stores within a week, and both the "pack date" and "sell by" date are stamped onto the carton. The numbers run from 1-365, depending on the day of the year. Lastly, there is a big difference in taste between farm fresh eggs and week-old eggs. If you want the freshest eggs, you can buy from a local farmer. 

  • There is an expiration date on the carton. If in doubt, put the egg in water. If it floats, do not use it. 

  • Eggs last about 4-5 weeks in your refrigerator. If you don't know how long the egg has been in the refrigerator, fill a cup with water (enough to cover the egg), and put the egg in the cup. If the egg sinks to the bottom, it is still good to eat; if the egg floats, however, it is bad and should be discarded.

Eggs are a wonderful source of nutrition and should not be avoided ~however to prevent getting sick eggs should be cooked properly. My research found that cooking an egg until both the yellow and white are firm is the safest way to cook an egg. 

**I found this video~ How To Tell If Your Eggs Are Good~ **
Turn off music at the bottom of blog before starting the video!



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