I woke up wanting to make cake. I arrived at the kitchen decidedly, put on my apron and, with a fouet, went out after the ingredients. Flour, sugar, yeast, cocoa powder – it was going to be a chocolate cake -, butter and eggs. The first thing to do, of course, was to wash the eggs because you know how it is, there are always those disgusting dirt on them and even when there is not, it is important to taste under the running water! History end. How can I continue to make my chocolate cake after making one of the biggest culinary mistakes? Eggs should never be washed. Before you have an attack and close this page, stop and read through.
While the chicken lays the egg, her body releases a type of protective liquid, which dries before the egg even falls into the nest. This layer that forms around the entire shell is responsible for protecting the yolk and white and preventing bacteria, germs and even air from passing through the egg pores. In addition, the protective film is so efficient that it allows us to store eggs outside the refrigerator for days or even weeks without spoiling them. “Ew! But what about salmonella ?? You have to keep it in the fridge! ”. Here at home we do it like this and nobody has ever caught salmonella or any other disease because of that. And another: if it were so essential, health surveillance would hit every supermarket I know, because none of them store eggs in the cold aisle. But if you really want to keep the eggs in a refrigerated environment, that’s fine. Only DO NOT wash them as soon as they arrive from the market. Another important thing. Do not store them in the refrigerator door, because there the temperature keeps changing and this causes the water to condense and the result will be as if you had just washed the egg.
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If you do, I will tell you what will happen: the protective film will come undone and all the dirt, germs and bacteria that are there will have free access to the vip area of the egg: the white and the yolk. Remembering that the egg is a living ingredient and its shell “breathes”, so if you wash it, all the smells that are inside the refrigerator “enter” the egg. Then everything will turn into a mix and you will eat a contaminated egg thinking it is clean.
And there’s more. “Ah, I put the egg in the fridge without washing it, because that’s the way it is, right? I only took a few hours before he got to room temperature and I could make my recipes without error. ” What happens is more or less as if you have washed the egg, because the water that condenses in the shell as it reaches room temperature also takes away the protective film. Therefore, the ideal time is to take it out of the refrigerator, break the eggs into a small pot and cover with plastic wrap until they reach room temperature. It’s OK. You still want to wash the eggs before you eat them. Then do this minutes before preparation, so that the minimum number of microorganisms gets into them. Wash with running water before use, place in a water solution with 10 drops of hypochlorite and leave for 20 minutes, then rinse again. And dry very well before breaking, because if any dirt is still there, water is the biggest conductor of germs and bacteria. And about salmonella, the secret is good egg cooking, remembering that not all eggs are contaminated.
The tip is to buy eggs from the most reliable sources possible, such as from smaller farms or even organic ones – however much more expensive, it is better to prevent health. If you go to a supermarket, choose boxes that don’t have dirty eggs or cracked shells. The ideal is that in Brazil the stamp on eggs should be mandatory to know the exact date of its manufacture, as it happens in France and in several other European countries.
Here is an important information from Food Safety Brazil: “The washing of eggs is not mandatory for their commercialization. In poultry farms and egg stores, cleaning can be done, if necessary, dry, with air jets, brushes and dry sponges. It is good to remember that dirty or cracked eggs cannot be placed on the market. ” The ICKFD does not advise washing eggs.