Holiday Food Safety

Safe Handling and Preparation with Eggs

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Egg Nog

Homemade Eggnog

Eggnog prepared with raw eggs can be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Prepare it safely by either using a pasteurized egg product or first heating the milk and eggs to 160F as measured with a food thermometer. Don't count on alcohol to make it safe. Once diluted, alcohol can no longer effectively kill bacteria. Home- made eggnog should be stored refrigerated and used within 2 to 3 days.

Pumpkin or Pecan Pies (homemade vs. commercial)

Pumpkin Pie

Any homemade custard-style pies that contain eggs and milk should be stored in the refrigerator to prevent bacterial growth. In comparison, store-bought pies are formulated with ingredients such as preservatives and antimicrobials, which allows these products to be safe at room temperature. Labels on shelf-stable pies will include "RT," which means that the commercial product meets the guidelines for shelf storage at room temperature, and includes "sell by" or "use by" dates. Once purchased and taken home, these are still best stored in the refrigerator before and after cutting.

Casseroles, Quiches

Holiday buffets with foods containing eggs should be safely hot-held at 140F or above, and refrigerated within 2 hours of serving or discarded. Quiches, casseroles and pies containing Holiday Quiche eggs should be consumed within 3 to 4 days of preparation or can be safely stored in the freezer up to 1 to 2 months.

Raw Dough/ Batter

Avoid eating cookie dough and batter containing raw eggs, again due to possible Salmonella contamination. Always wash hands and work areas with warm, soapy water before and after handling raw eggs.