Delivering breakfast to mom in bed is a popular way to celebrate Mother’s Day. So we have put some tips together on how to safely prep in advance for her special day.
There are many techniques in the kitchen to help speed up the process of preparing a large breakfast. One practice the Egg Safety Center does not recommend is that of pooling. Pooling is when eggs are broken out of their shell, mixed up, then held together in large quantities but not prepared immediately. This practice removes the eggs’ natural barriers and creates a nutrient rich medium that is ideal for bacterial growth. In the remote event that a single egg is contaminated, if pooled, all eggs are then subject to contamination. In the event you need to prepare a large quantity of eggs, the Egg Safety Center recommends buying liquid eggs like Egg Beaters or a related product.
Another preparation no-no all year around is putting egg shells back in the carton after cracking them – if there are still unused eggs left in the carton. Bacteria have the potential to grow both on the outside as well as the inside of an egg shell. When placing cracked eggs next to intact eggs, it greatly increases the risk of bacteria transfer by hands, utensils and air.
If you plan to have helpers in the kitchen this year, make sure everyone washes their hands before preparing the meal. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the lack of washing hands with warm, soapy water is a contributing factor in approximately one-third of U.S. food borne illness outbreaks. By following these few safety tips, you will ensure mom not only feels special, but also enjoys a safe, delicious breakfast this year.