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:
Classic White Coconut Smoothie
If you are familiar with Green Smoothies, then you know of their fantastic health benefits. In White Smoothies, raw, saturated fats are the main ingredient, in order to satisfy hunger and the natural sweet tooth. Sources of these raw fats can be coconut oil, avocado or other vegan oils combined with raw eggs for protein. This White Smoothie is delectably delicious.
3 tbs coconut mousse
2 raw eggs
½ to 1 banana according to taste
Flax or hemp seeds to taste if desired
Approx. 150 ml water
Add all ingredients to blender and mix until desired consistency.