Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Davidson's Safest Choice Eggs Challenge

Have you seen the eggs with the "P" surrounded by a circle? They're special! They are pasteurized eggs, which eliminates all risk of salmonella.

All of us at 37 Cooks were thrilled when we were offered the opportunity to develop recipes with these great tasting eggs. The wonderful folks at Davidson's Safest Choice Eggs went above and beyond to make sure we all had enough eggs to really do some experimenting. They even shipped eggs to one of our cooks in Hawaii! And not one broke!

You can find lots of great additional info on the Davidson's website, including a store locator, recipes and a coupon. The information we were provided about the eggs follows.

We hope you like the recipes we've come up!

The Pasteurization Process:

The vast majority of eggs sold in grocery stores are NOT pasteurized.

1. Davidson’s Safest Choice sources eggs from vegetarian-fed hens that are hormone and antibiotic free. Our eggs come from USDA certified and inspected farms that are Kosher-certified by the Orthodox Union and are Halal certified.

2. Eggs are pasteurized in an all-natural, gentle water bath pasteurization process to eliminate the risk of Salmonella before they even enter your kitchen.

3. A thin layer of food-grade wax seals in the freshness of our egg and to further keep out any harmful bacteria the eggs could encounter once they leave our facility. This wax coating is barely noticeable and completely safe.

4. Each Safest Choice egg is stamped with a red circle “P” on the shell so you know they have been pasteurized.

Why Pasteurized Eggs?

•Safest Choice pasteurized eggs look, cook, and taste like other eggs.

•Safest Choice offers peace of mind when making recipes calling for raw or undercooked eggs, and removes the worry of cross contamination.

•Now you can enjoy your eggs sunny side up, poached or soft scrambled worry free. Also, Safest Choice eggs are perfect in sauce recipes calling for raw eggs like Hollandaise sauce and Caesar Salad dressing.

•Safest Choice eggs stay fresh longer because our warm water egg pasteurization process eliminates the bacteria that causes spoilage.

•Safest Choice Pasteurized Eggs are available in two varieties, All-Natural and Cage Free.

•Certified Humane - Hormone Free - Antibiotic Free - Certified Kosher - Cage Free available.

Additional Details and Background:

•Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick due to foodborne diseases.

•Salmonella bacteria in food cause more than 1 million illnesses, more than 19,000 hospitalizations, and 378 deaths in the US every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Among bacteria, Salmonella are the number-one cause of foodborne illness. 4 out of 5 Salmonella Enteritidis foodborne illness (food poisoning) cases come from raw or undercooked eggs.

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