Love eggs this Valentine’s Day
February 10, 2016

Making special plans or an indulgent meal for Valentine’s Day? Desserts and treats made with eggs can be an indulgent way to celebrate.

What’s more synonymous with Valentine’s Day than kisses? These Meringue Kisses, in peppermint, chocolate or citrus flavors, from the Incredible Egg will satisfy your sweet tooth. Or share this buttercream frosting , these eclairs, dessert crepe s or other desserts with your sweetheart.

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Several dessert recipes use only egg yolks or whites, so here are helpful hints to separate eggs and make good use of the leftovers.

  • To separate eggs, use an inexpensive egg separator or a funnel to separate your eggs and avoid cross contamination. Don’t pass the egg yolk back and forth from the shells or your hands! This along with this recipe for a decadent Chocolate Cream Pie with Peppermint Whipped Cream.
  • See how to Whip Egg Whites in this video from Iowa Egg Council.
  • Refrigerate the unused part of the egg and use within two days in an omelet or other egg dish.
  • Did you know you can freeze whole eggs, white or yolks? Here’s how to safely freeze and defrost eggs.

Better yet, indulge in two desserts! With a bit of planning, make one dessert that is yolk-based, like custards or tiramisu, along with an egg-white based meringue, soufflé or pavlova. (Recipes courtesy of www.allrecipes.com, Iowa Egg Council and Food Network.)

To ensure you don’t ruin your Valentine’s Day, prepare egg-based dishes safely with these simple cooking and preparation tips. First, make sure you select safe eggs, check the Julian or sell-by date. Store your eggs in the coldest area of the refrigerator in their original carton. Before and after handling eggs, wash your hands, utensils and surfaces with warm soapy water, but do not wash the eggs. Cook eggs thoroughly until both the white and yolk are firm and use a food thermometer, if possible to cook to proper temperatures.

Follow these tips and you’ll have a happy Valentine’s Day with eggs, but you can enjoy eggs all year round. To keep up to date on egg safety, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.