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I want to make the NT mayo, but I have a fear of raw eggs still...Tell me it is okay and how to get over it!
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Raw eggs can contain salmonella, which can make you very sick. That's not a "fear" that needs to be gotten over, IMHO.

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if your eggs are fresh and from a healthy farm...there is no need to fear salmonella...

do you eat the cookie dough? I do..and it has raw eggs..I put them in my shakes too..never had a problem...as do lots of others here.
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i love raw eggs, they are delicious.

i just make sure that i get them fresh from a reputable farm. they are $$ but well worth it.

comfort food for me is not mac/cheese but a big bowl of just-cooked sticky rice topped with a beaten raw egg and a little bit of soy sauce. being of japanese descent...this is what i crave when i'm feeling a bit under the weather, instead of chicken soup. it is soooo yummy.

in fact, i ate it a lot in the first trimester of pregnancy when i was very nauseous.

just be very careful about the source of the eggs that you choose to consume raw.
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My chooks aren't stuffed into tiny cages so small that they can't move with their beaks chopped off so they can't peck each other. They get fresh air, decent food & exercise so I don't worry about it at all.
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I buy my eggs from places that really, truely pasture their chickens. They're moved to different fields in a chicken tractor daily, eat their share of bugs and weed seeds and a little grain. They're never so crowded that they peck out each other's feathers, they're not stacked in cages so their shit lands on each other's backs and in each other's food. They're not pumped full of antibiotics and growth hormones that make them so unhealthy that they have to be slaughtered at six weeks because they're not likely to live much longer. I, personally, do not fear that my eggs are diseased. I eat two raw eggs in my breakfast smoothie every morning. I would not, however, eat a conventional egg raw. In fact, I try to avoid eating conventional eggs at all - or conventional meat for that matter. I frequently stick to (wild-caught) seafood or vegetarian when I eat out, because factory farmed animal products are just plain scary.
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Well, Tara pretty much summed up everything I would say about the raw eggs I'm eating. Can't do much better than that.

I would mention that, if you are getting farm fresh, free-range, organic (or organically grown) eggs and you're still feeling a little squiched out, you can wash the shells of the eggs before you crack them. Salmonella is found on the shells of the eggs and the eggs become contaminated thru contact with the outer shells. Washing first would take care of that.
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I would mention that, if you are getting farm fresh, free-range, organic (or organically grown) eggs and you're still feeling a little squiched out, you can wash the shells of the eggs before you crack them. Salmonella is found on the shells of the eggs and the eggs become contaminated thru contact with the outer shells. Washing first would take care of that.
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That is mostly true about salmonella... though there have been some recent studies finding that it can infiltrate the shell.

The truth is, even in CAFO eggs, salmonella is pretty rare. Plus, eggs are required to be washed before sale. I must admit, my aversion to conventional eggs is more chemical and nutritional than microbiological, but I recognise that they do present more of a disease risk than "good" eggs.
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my grandparents made homemade icecream last weekend for my dd's birthday. It was so funny because my mom said she didnt want to try the mix before it was put in the ice cream maker because "I dont eat raw eggs." I asked her if she thought the ice cream maker cooked the eggs and she was like "I guess not, I never thought about it before." They were eggs from my aunts farm, so I wasnt really concerned about eating the eggs raw in the ice cream
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Okay.... I have the same worries about raw eggs. I don't have any farm contacts at the moment (anyone in the Bay Area in CA that can give me some??) so I fertile eggs from Trader Joes... cage free, no antibiotics, no hormones, all natural feed but NOT organic.... hmmmm.... I haven't eaten them raw yet. Would you?? Is there something about the 'fertile' eggs that is better? They were recommended in the EFLF book. Would you choose organic over fertile?
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Well, Tara pretty much summed up everything I would say about the raw eggs I'm eating. Can't do much better than that.

I would mention that, if you are getting farm fresh, free-range, organic (or organically grown) eggs and you're still feeling a little squiched out, you can wash the shells of the eggs before you crack them. Salmonella is found on the shells of the eggs and the eggs become contaminated thru contact with the outer shells. Washing first would take care of that.
No, don't do this. Egg shells are porous. If you wash them, you will wash any salmonella or whatever right through the shell.

If they are very dirty, then right before you crack the egg, wipe it gently with a slightly damp paper towel.

Although now I eat only pastured, truly free range chicken eggs, I have eaten raw eggs in mayonnaise and salad dressings and smoothies all my life, and for most of that time they were regular grocery store eggs. I've never had a problem.

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