Eggs are cheap, easy to make, and packed with protein. But they can also be a breeding ground for bacteria and carry illnesses like salmonella.
Here are some tips on how you can indulge your egg craving while staying healthy.
1. When buying eggs, inspect the package and make sure no eggs are cracked.
2. Check the expiration date on the side of the carton.
3. Eggs stored in their original carton are good for about a month.
4. Only use fresh eggs. To test if an egg is fresh, put it in a glass of water. If it sinks to the bottom, it’s fresh. If it floats to the top, it’s not -- toss it.
5. Always wash your hands before and after handling eggs. Also wash any surface touched by eggs.
6. All dishes containing eggs, like casseroles and souffles, should be cooked to 160 degrees F. You can refrigerate and reserve later, but make sure the food is reheated to 165 degrees F before serving.
7. Skip sunny-side up and over-easy. You can still fry or scramble eggs for breakfast, but make sure the yolks and whites are cooked thoroughly and aren’t runny.
8. For ultimate safety, try to skip recipes that call for raw eggs or use pre-packaged pasteurized eggs.
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