National Eggnog Month – Make It Safely!
December 23, 2016

Egg-Safety-Center-Eggnog‘Tis the season for eggnog! Fine foods and drinks add much to the traditions and festivity of the holidays. Eggs are a starring ingredient in many eggnog and many holiday desserts (check this delicious collection from Incredible Egg).

When making eggnog, the Egg Safety Center and FDA recommends using a cooked egg base or pasteurized egg product to avoid a damper on celebrations because of potential foodborne illness.

How do you make a cooked egg base? Here’s an easy recipe for Classic Cooked Eggnog from American Egg Board. When making the cooked egg base, pay attention to these FDA recommendations:

  • Combine eggs and half the milk as indicated in the recipe. Other ingredients, such as sugar may be added at this step.
  • Cook the mixture gently to an internal temperature of 160° F, stirring constantly. The cooking will destroy any bacteria that might be present. At this temperature, the mixture will firmly coat a metal spoon (but please don’t lick the spoon if the custard is not fully cooked!).
  • After cooking, chillthe mixture before adding the rest of the milk and other ingredients.

No time to make a cooked egg base but still want delicious homemade eggnog??? Eggnog can also be safety made with pasteurized eggs or egg product instead of raw eggs.

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And remember, some might think that adding alcohol to the recipe kills any bacteria, but this is false! Happy holidays and enjoy your eggnog!