By Nannie Kate

Eggs are a nutritious food used extensively in cooking and baking. Find them at the breakfast table boiled, scrambled, fried or made into omelets. They are used in many types of breads and as a clinging agent in breading and frying other food items. They bind casseroles, meatloaves and custards. Some recipes call for raw eggs but because of the possibility of food-borne illness, this is not encouraged. Pasteurized eggs, available commercially, do not present this problem since the germs are killed by the pasteurization process. To ensure food safety, pasteurize your own eggs at a temperature that is high enough to kill germs but low enough that the egg does not coagulate.

Uncooked eggs pose a potential problem for food-borne germs.

Shell Eggs

Step 1

Remove eggs to be pasteurized from the refrigerator and allow them to come to room temperature.

Step 2

Heat a pot of water to 145 degrees Fahrenheit using a food thermometer.

Step 3

Carefully lower the eggs into the water.

Step 4

Leave the eggs in the hot water for at least three minutes and up to five minutes, depending on their size.

Step 5

Pour off the hot water and let them come to room temperature. Use immediately or put them into the refrigerator.

Unshelled Eggs

Step 1

Break eggs into a bowl, using the number called for in your recipe.

Step 2

Mix the eggs with a portion of the liquid called for in the recipe.

Step 3

Slowly heat the mixture on medium heat until it registers 145 degrees Fahrenheit on a food thermometer. Stir the mixture at this temperature for three minutes then remove from heat. Proceed with the recipe.