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post #31 of 41
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post #32 of 41
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post #33 of 41
I think the original thread was about what to do with left over yolks. I usually make a yellow cake with Rose Levy's recipe calling for just about the same amount of egg yolks as her white cake or mousseline frosting which calls for whites. If I don't have an immediate call for yellow cake then I freeze it but more often than not I know someone in our small town who would enjoy a free cake ...like an old lady not able to bake any longer, or an ill child or a returning soldier.

I'm fortunate to have my own free range chickens and because I don't wash the shells (my chickens are true southern ladies and don't just go laying eggs willy nilly outside their nesting boxes) and I know exactly what they eat, I don't worry about health issues. And coming originally from Scotland, I don't refrigerate them except during the really hot days of summer. I'm one of those old and very healthy old country ladies.
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post #34 of 41
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Originally Posted by mcaulir

A friend of mine swears that her sponge cakes are so light and delicious is because she brings eggs to exactly body temperature by wearing them around in her bra. Now that's dedication!



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post #35 of 41
"My issue was with the post that stated that pasteurized egg whites in the carton are safe when they are still potentially dangerous. We on CC should be careful when we post statements as facts when in fact, they are incorrect. "

I am not sure if it was my post that was being referred to in the above statement, however on the official egg site here is what I found;
Pasteurized shell eggs are heat-treated to destroy any bacteria, should they be present, and are especially suitable for preparing egg recipes that are not fully cooked, but may also be used for other recipes, including baked goods. The heating process may create cloudiness in the whites and increase the beating time needed for foam formation
Using this information I surmised, maybe incorrectly, that these eggs have been heated in the shell and therefore have had the bacteria destroyed. Now they can be cross contaminated and therefore rendered dangerous again.
If I am not correct with my assumptions I apologize for misinformation.

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post #36 of 41
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Originally Posted by AnnieCahill

Jeff, I have not used the carton egg whites (but to make EW omelets) so I am no help there. You can always give them a try and see how they work for you. I have heard you can freeze egg yolks in an ice tray and then use them later for curds or bavarian cream.

If my memory is good, I don't think Jeff uses a meringue buttercream but I could be wrong. Jeff, have you been making a lot of white cakes lately? icon_smile.gif

White cakes NEVER go out of style around here! It's still probably the most requested flavor! My icing is not meringue generally unless requested....so I really don't have any practical use for so many yolks. I think I will just try a carton and see what happens.
post #37 of 41
Thanks, I have been making IMBC for years and not one person has ever gotten sick. I just make sure that the eggs are fresh and get them at a store where there is a quick turn around. I have also made Alice Medrich's Tri Color Mousse Cake for years upon years that also has egg yolks. More important than this egg business is hand washing and keeping utensils clean. That's it and thanks for your input..
post #38 of 41
I knew it! Well, let us know how the cartons go Jeff.

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post #39 of 41
Egg whites in cartons were being discussed. It was then stated that they were safe, when in fact, they are just safer, not safe. You last post referred to eggs in shells which is what I said in my post. The egg whites in the cartons are not pasteurized eggs separated. Egg whites are separated and then pasteurized which can be found on the egg board site.

So to clarify again, egg whites in the cartons are not safe, just safer. Only eggs pasteurized in their shell are safe. The OP was not asking about whole eggs.
post #40 of 41
Okay ladies, here goes. I had a hen go broody some years ago and her "due date" was Thanksgiving Day. Yes, late in the year, and very cold and wintery out that year, but she didn't care. I had tested the eggs and she had three viable eggs under her. Two hatched right on time and by Thanksgiving Eve she had two little peeps peeking out. The third egg was just starting to "pip" by Thanksgiving night.

However, 48 hours after she hears that first peep she leaves her nest, no matter who is left behind. That's just the way it is. There is a 2 day window from the first peep to her leaving the nest with the little ones even if there are lagging hatchlings behind.

So, the day after Thanksgiving we were heading out early to go shopping and I checked on the little ones, Mama Hen was out and about even though one egg was still rolling back and forth and you could hear the peep inside. I took that egg and I placed it in the little pocket my bra made, in the middle of you know what. Yup. We were shopping and the egg was moving around and you could hear peeping every now and then. It was able to stay warm all morning and by the time we had eaten lunch it was breaking through the shell. So we hurried home and I put the little guy on a towel in a box under a light and we all watched him come out. icon_smile.gif

I really think that he would not have made it, because she didn't return to the nest at all, she took her peeps back to the coop with the others that night. I snuck into the coop and tucked the little one under mom that night and the next morning she came out with her three little ones!!!

Anyway, as for using left over egg yolks, they do freeze, but they aren't quite the same when they thaw. It's best to stir in 1 tsp of sugar per egg yolk to help them be more fluid when they are thawed.

I many times use two egg yolks in place of one whole egg in yellow and chocolate cake recipes, just to use them up. Plus I have pound cake recipes that use egg yolks, custard is a favorite of my husband's.

And, yes, a fresh laid egg that is clean can sit in a cool place for several months. I had a few very dirty ones that I put in a bucket and I wanted them to rot so I could toss them around the garden as a deer deterrent. Well, it took 6 months before they were stinky! And I learned that deer may not like the smell but I ended up attracting both skunks and opossums with this practice, so I gave it up.

I regularly keep a dozen eggs on the counter and keep track of the date, after two or three weeks I hard boil them and they peel much more easily. My mother prefers hard boiled eggs with beets, so I age them for her. She can't keep them on the counter, if she sees them she thinks it's "wrong" and she has to put them in the fridge, so I do it for her. Go figure.

However, I only do this with the eggs that are clean to begin with, if they are dirty they get washed and in the fridge. If they are cracked they get used that day or cooked for the dogs.

Many people just call me the crazy chicken lady.

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post #41 of 41
IMBC isn't going to make anyone sick. 245 degree syrup is poured into the whites converting them into a confection (candy). Eggs are cooked at 165 degrees.
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