Are you pregnant and craving for over easy eggs? Then hold your horses first as I try to answer the question that most pregnant women are eager to know: Can pregnant women eat over easy eggs? You might be eating them already, but you can never be sure of its safety.
I got interested in this question when I overheard some pregnant women talking about the safety of over easy eggs. The other girl says that it’s totally safe because she’s been consuming it from her past pregnancies while the other woman refuted convincingly. To set things clear, I researched online for the answer and what I’m going to share are the things I discovered.
Over easy eggs are cooked by frying both sides and keeping the yolk runny. You can cook one by flipping over the egg once the whites are done on the bottom. “Over” means the flipping motion in cooking the egg while “easy” means the consistency of the yolk.
Aside from over easy, there are other styles of fried eggs. A flipped egg with a slightly runny yolk is called an over medium egg. An egg flipped with a cooked hard yolk is called over well egg. A sunny side up means an egg is not flipped but fried with the yolk up.
According to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food And Drug Administration (FDA) eating over easy eggs are risky for pregnant women because the yolks are not thoroughly cooked. Undercooked eggs are vulnerable to Salmonella, a bacteria that can cause stomach pains, diarrhea, and even death to people with weakened immune system. Instead of over easy eggs, the FDA suggests eating fully cooked eggs with hard yolk and whites, like over well eggs.
If you must eat over easy eggs, make sure that you use pasteurized eggs because they’re naturally treated to combat Salmonella. Pasteurization is the process of heating the eggs to kill bacteria and viruses. So, back to the question, the answer is yes, pregnant women can eat over easy eggs as long as the eggs are pasteurized.
The FDA suggests buying eggs sold from a refrigerator or refrigerated box. You need to open the case to make sure that eggs are clean and not cracked. Remember to buy pasteurized eggs only if you like to cook it over easy style.
Keep eggs fresh by storing them in their original carton and consume them not more than three weeks. Store the eggs in the refrigerator, preferably in the main section, at a temperature between 33- 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Never freeze eggs in their shells, instead, beat yolks and whites before freezing.
To prevent cross-contamination, clean your hands and any utensils that get in contact with the raw eggs. If you’re using unpasteurized eggs, cook them until the yolks and whites are firm. Dishes that contain eggs should be cooked at a temperature of 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Always serve eggs after they’re cooked immediately. You can refrigerate cooked eggs, but you should reheat it to 165 degrees Fahrenheit before serving.
Keep in mind that cooked eggs left at a temperature of more than 90 degrees Fahrenheit can promote bacteria growth, so it’s advisable never to leave your cooked eggs at room temperature for more than two hours. If you’re packing cooking eggs for picnics, make sure that you keep them in an insulated cooler with sufficient ice to keep them chilled.
Cooking over easy eggs is easy than you think. All you need are some pasteurized eggs, butter, spatula, and a nonstick pan. Get ideas on how it’s done in this video here.
To begin, heat the pan with butter and crack the egg directly. If you like to make sure that no shells are included, crack the egg on a small bowl then transfer it to the pan carefully. Let the whites cooked until firm then flip over using a spatula. Now, you can wait a minute more to cook the other side.
Can pregnant women eat over easy eggs? Yes, as long as the eggs are pasteurized. To cook, just flip over the egg once the whites have become firm and cook the other side for another minute. You can cook the eggs over well if you’re using unpasteurized eggs to prevent bacteria contamination.
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