May is here and it’s National Egg Month! Eggs are an excellent source of protein to help you stay full and energized throughout the day. Not only are eggs nutritious and affordable, they are also very easy to prepare in many different ways. Eggs can be boiled, fried or scrambled and used in a variety of dishes such as quiches, frittatas and omelets.
When preparing and cooking eggs, always remember the following tips:
Do not keep eggs or egg-containing dishes at room temperature for more than two hours total for preparation and serving.
If hot eggs or egg-containing dishes are not served immediately after cooking, put the hot foods into shallow containers and refrigerate at once to cool quickly.
Wash your hands, utensils and work areas with hot, soapy water before and after cooking with eggs.
Cook eggs thoroughly, making sure the white and yolk are firm.
Avoid taste-testing egg-containing dishes before they are thoroughly cooked.
When preparing egg-containing dishes that are only lightly cooked, make sure the egg base is cooked to at least 160°F.
If a recipe instructs you to add raw eggs to a previously cooked dish, e.g. lemon meringue pie filling, make sure you heat the whole dish until it reaches at least 70°C.