Could you get sick from the raw egg in eggnog?

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by sunny & the 5 egg layers, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 29, 2011
    I want to make eggnog but I am a little nervous as the recipe calls for raw eggs. Is it possible that raw eggs in eggnog could make you sick?
    Thanks in advance. [​IMG]
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    There is always that risk. The government makes all cafe's and eateries put a warning against the eating of raw eggs and rare meat on the menu, so I'd say yes. That doesn't stop folks for doing so, of course. It all about the risk one wishes to take, I guess.
  3. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    thats funny, I never thought of that? strange
  4. ChickiKat

    ChickiKat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2011
    Eastern Kansas
    Ya know, I saw a recipe the other day that was uncooked with egg in it and I wondered the same thing. Even though I know where my girls have been and what they have been doing, I don't want to eat raw eggs. You know that where the egg comes from is the same duct that the other comes from.... OK
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    The risk would be very small, but possible.

    I'm assuming you want to use your own eggs.
    You can reduce that risk even more by coddling the eggs. Bring water to boiling, take off heat, immerse room temperature eggs in boiled water for 1 minute. Remove and put in a ice water bath to stop the cooking process.

    You can eliminate the risk almost completely by using pasteurized eggs.

    Last edited: Nov 5, 2011
  6. bigmike&nan

    bigmike&nan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Pretty much what Imp said, coddle those eggs - just like you would if you wanted to be sure you were making a food safe mayonnaise or Caesar's Salad Dressing from scratch. Coddling the eggs will NOT change the way the eggs look or break down in the recipe. Better to be FOOD SAFE than sorry...

  7. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    You can purchase pasturized raw egg and use that. Or you can always make a cooked custard type of eggnog.

    I use my home grown eggs raw, just wash the outside of the shell carefully before cracking the egg. I'm willing to take a little risk as long as I know where the eggs came from. But yes, there is some risk.

    I sample the raw cookie dough and raw cake batter, too, and there is raw egg in that.
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2011
  8. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 29, 2011
    Yes, I will be using my eggs from my chickens. Thank you all so very much! I have never heard of coddling eggs. I will definitaly be doing that for both eggnog as well as mayonaise!
  9. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 29, 2011
    Quote:Sigh... I just tried to coddle some eggs--didn't work. I brought the water to a boil, plopped my egg in the water immediatley took the pan off the burner and waited for 1 minute. When the minute was up, I ran the egg under cold water. After that, I cracked open the egg and it had bits of cooked/hard boiled egg in it. And the shell of the egg had a thick layer of cooked/hard boiled egg in it. So then I did the same thing but this time only did it for 45 seconds... still had bits of hard boiled egg in it. [​IMG]

    So after many failed attempts the chickens and dogs are now having some hard boiled egg with their dinner. [​IMG]

    Do you know where I may have gone wrong? [​IMG]
  10. KenK

    KenK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2011
    To quote my late and favorite uncle: "eggnog is a waste of good drinking liquor".

    I apologize to all the eggnog aficionados. : )

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by