So there’s a common misconception, that all your eggs are pasteurized. Even if your eggs are farm fresh, they typically are not pasteurized. When I was at ChefConnect in Baltimore, I got to talk to the folks at Safest Choice Eggs
What does pasteurization do for eggs? By pasteurizing the egg you can eliminate the risk of getting Salmonella poisoning. Salmonella exists inside the chickens and it can exist on the shell of the egg in addition to inside the egg. By pasteurizing the egg you can pretty much eliminate that risk. The Safest Choice folks have a patented way that pasteurizes eggs without cooking the egg.
So why would you want to eat a pasteurized egg? For most of us it’s not the end of the world if you eat a unpasteurized egg, but if you are immune compromised, elderly, or a young child getting salmonella poisoning can be a life or death situation. So that’s why the Safest choice folks have become the number one egg producer for hotels, hospitals, and restaurants. Why? Because these businesses cannot risk the liability of anyone getting sick by eating their eggs.
By pasteurizing the eggs you can have a runny yolk or poached egg. Their eggs are certified humane and cage free varieties are available. This is not a must have for a lot of people, but the fact that this is an option is pretty damn cool. The eggs are so safe than you can put them in a shake ala Rocky Balboa.
So hooray eggs! You don’t have to rush out and buy these but if you see the Safest Choice P on your egg, you can rest easy that you won’t get sick.