Raw eggs and cooking – can you use your backyard chickens eggs in raw recipes?
It is widely known that the consumption of raw eggs can bear health risks, such as contracting salmonella or food poisoning. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) considers the consumption of raw eggs safe if they have been pasteurized.
If you keep backyard chickens, one of the benefits are delicious, super fresh eggs. But unless you happen to have a $600 + Pasteurizer at hand, they hardly are FDA approved. What’s a Chicken Fanatic to do?
Well, I guess it is simply a matter of choice and your own judgement if you think your eggs are clean and safe enough to be used in raw recipes. Me, having been feeding my dogs raw meat for decades without ever having a problem, I simply wash my eggs and enjoy them. I know my Chickens, how clean or dirty my coops are, how long the eggs have been laying outside, how they were washed – heck, most of the time I even know what the Chicken that laid the egg ate the day before. So, I just go with it and use my eggs in all sorts of recipes, lick the raw chocolate dough off the spoon and move on with life. Yum !
Don’t get me wrong, there is always a risk for Salmonella or other bacteria. However, if you simply check your eggs thoroughly, discard any that have even the slightest crack in the shell, wash them well and immediately refrigerate them, your eggs should be just as safe to consume as any store bought one. Except they will taste much, much better!
To get you thinking about some more unusual recipes that use eggs here are some of my personal favorites:
Scientists have found that Chickens are smarter than we give them credit for
As it seems, the average domestic Chicken is quite aware of its surroundings and what goes on in the world. They can learn, communicate, and even feel compassion towards other Chickens.
An article by Lori Moreno ” Thinking Chickens: a review of cognition, emotion, and behavior in the domestic Chicken” talks about Chickens and their amazing abilities in relation to the size of their brains. They show individual personality, trick each other, communicate with each other, and can even come to logical conclusions that some kids only master at about 7 years old.
I am not talking about some super genetically enhanced breed here, I am talking little Red Hen. Standard, happy little egg laying machine following you around in the yard trying to peck the polka dots of your rubber boots.
The domestic Chicken is the descendant of a southeast Asian Chicken breed, the Bankiva, or better known as Jungle Fowl. No other domestic species of animal is quite as common or larger in numbers and variety around the world, at an estimated 19 billion total. Of course, that is largely due to the fact that roughly over 25 Million Chickens are killed each day.