What We Forget to Do With Eggs Before Cooking

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When cooking eggs, we usually forget one important detail that can lead to serious problems in certain cases. Eggs must be washed before cooking. And no matter how you are going to cook them – frying, boiling, adding to the dough, etc. – you still cannot avoid this important procedure.

The fact is that eggshells are not as clean as we sometimes think. Some eggshells can be a dangerous carrier of infections, such as salmonella. This is the explanation given by nutritionist Tetiana Yarmoshuk.

Here you can try to object, saying that during boiling, the infections will still die in a few minutes, and we fry and eat them without shells. This is true, but there is one thing you shouldn’t forget. When you hold eggs before cooking, dangerous pathogens remain on your hands. And then you can transfer infections to other surfaces in the kitchen with your own hands, from where they can enter your body. So is it worth the risk? After all, it only takes a few seconds to wash eggs.

It’s also important to remember that you shouldn’t use eggs with cracks in the shell. Washing them won’t help, and on the contrary, it can only harm them. After all, during washing, dangerous pathogens can get inside the egg, and then into our body when we consume such a product.

At the same time, the nutritionist advises a way to disinfect eggs when you have just bought them and brought them home. For this, you will need baking soda.

Dilute 1 tablespoon of baking soda in water – you can take 1 to 3 liters of liquid. Of course, the higher the concentration of soda, the better the effect. Put the eggs in this solution and leave them for 5-10 minutes. After that, you need to let them dry or wipe them dry, and then put them in the refrigerator.

The nutritionist emphasizes that eggs washed in this way can be stored in the refrigerator for no longer than 5 days. If you have purchased a large number of eggs to spare, you should not disinfect or wash them all at once – it is better to wash them in parts. And store those that have not yet been washed separately.

You can also disinfect them in another way – wash them immediately before cooking, using dishwashing detergent or soap. However, there is an important point here – not all detergents can be used, only environmentally friendly ones. After all, aggressive products are poorly washed off.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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