How to Ensure You’re Safely Serving and Preparing Eggs

Eggs are essential ingredients in a number of dishes, but they can also be dangerous to your health if handled incorrectly. To reduce your risk of salmonella and other diseases that come from eggs, follow these important guidelines.

  1. Shop smart. The first step toward healthy egg care is inspecting your eggs in the grocery store for cracks or dirty appearance. Also be sure to only purchase eggs that are stored in a refrigerated case.
  2. Store them properly. Eggs should be stored in a clean spot in the refrigerator at 40°F or lower.
  3. Cook them thoroughly. If you’re preparing scrambled eggs or another egg dish, be sure that both the yolk and white are firm and that the egg reaches a temperature of 160°F. Never eat batter or dough containing raw eggs before it's cooked or baked.
  4. Store egg dishes properly. Dishes made of only eggs cannot be stored, so be sure to eat them immediately after cooking. If you prepare something else that contains eggs, always keep it refrigerated.
  5. Keep it clean. Even if you use the utmost care when handling eggs, it’s essential to wash your hands, cooking and prep surfaces, and any utensils thoroughly to remove any traces of eggs. Wash hands and utensils with hot, soapy water, and scrub kitchen countertops with bleach or another germ-killing product.

Playing It Safe With Eggs [FDA]
Eggs & Food Safety [Incredible Egg]
Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Salmonella from Eggs [CDC]

Keep Food Fresh Longer With These Fridge Organization Tips

Although your refrigerator is probably the last place in your house that you would think to organize, there are actually a number of reasons that this is beneficial to both your kitchen and your wallet. Organizing your refrigerated food can help to make it last longer, which will help you to maximize your weekly trip to the grocery store and keep your family healthy. Here are a few smart ways to organize your fridge.

  1. Keep less sensitive items on the door. Only store condiments and other things that won’t go bad as quickly on the door, as this is the warmest place in the refrigerator.
  2. Store raw meats at the bottom. One of the most important things to consider when storing food in the refrigerator is cross-contamination. You want to store raw meats in a way that they won’t risk touching or dripping onto other foods, so place them as close to the bottom of the refrigerator as possible.
  3. Store fruit in a separate drawer. Because many fruits contain gases that cause vegetables to rot, store the two types of produce away from one another in separate drawers.
  4. Keep milk toward the back of the refrigerator. The back of the bottom shelf is the coldest place in the fridge, so this is where you should store delicate milk.

How to Organize Your Refrigerator Drawers and Shelves [Real Simple]
The Best Way to Organize Your Refrigerator [The Kitchn]
Here's The Right Way To Organize Your Refrigerator [Business Insider]

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