Food Safety with Muy Bueno
September 5, 2012

Food Safety When Cooking Your Favorite Recipes

Every once in awhile we include cooking tips for a specific recipe, the how-to if you will, but today we want to share with you the importance of cooking wisely when using eggs. Why, you ask? Well, because, if you’re like us, we use a ton of eggs, in both savory and sweet recipes. Take our Tres Leches (Milk Cake), we use several eggs in this recipe and if we are not careful then the improper use of eggs can lead to food borne illnesses. For example, in order to prevent cross contamination, it’s important to keep raw eggs separate from other foods as well as washing your hands, utensils, and surfaces with warm, soapy water before and after handling raw eggs. Cross contamination is the spread of bacteria from people to food or from one food or piece of equipment to another.

To keep savory dishes from cross contamination or growing bacteria, recipes containing eggs should be kept at warm temperatures of 140 degrees For higher. For example, when we make our Spicy Mexican Chorizo Zucchini Frittata we like to keep the skillet on the stove to keep the dish warm and from becoming a petri dish. Rule of thumb, keep cold dishes cold and hot dishes hot. Immediately after serving a dish prepared with eggs, refrigerate any leftovers. Reheat leftovers thoroughly and don’t forget to eat within three days otherwise toss out.

Remember, never use eggs with cracked shells, never eat raw eggs, and always wash your hands, surfaces, and all equipment that come into contact with the raw eggs while cooking.

I have always loved eggs and we use them quite a bit for both savory and sweet recipes so developing responsible cooking habits while cooking with eggs has been important for us to learn and to keep us healthy and happy. Here are some more great tips from our friends at Egg Safety Center.

Eat well and stay healthy amigos!

Veronica Gonzalez-Smith
Cookbook/Blog Co-Founder at Muy Bueno Cookbook