I am not in the egg selling business, but I do sell eggs. Does that make any sense?
I do not promote my eggs to sell because I have been down that road too many times and it is a pain in the butt trying to get them to people, all for a couple of dollars.
Saying that I do have people ask me if they can buy them. I always answer yes because you never know what other add on sells you can sell them in the future. A dozen eggs today, hot sauce and jerky tomorrow, you get what I'm saying.
Today at work this lady comes up to me out of the blue and asks if I sold eggs. I told her I could if she wanted me to. She asked how my chickens were raised and if they were free ranged. I get this question a lot and my answer is always yes. She then asked me if my eggs were organic. I cannot say that they are because I refuse to pay the money for some lab nerd to come out and test me and then tell me what I already know so I say to the lady that I do not feed chemicals to my birds or plants.
The next question was a first for me. She asked if I pasteurize my eggs before I sell them. Not catching on to what she was asking right away I said, yes all my birds are pasture raised.
"No, I mean pasteurized like milk so I can eat them raw" she corrected me.
I told the nice lady no and that was the end of our discussion.
If handled and stored correctly there is a 1 and 20,000 chance a egg has harmful bacteria in it. The process is easy by heating up the egg to 135 degrees and then refrigerating it. This will not cook it if done right but I don't understand why you would need to.
After further reading, I found that the professionals say to use pasteurized eggs when making any food where the egg will be raw.
So for all these years my chocolate pies with three inches of meringue on top could have killed me, hu. Go figure.
Am I wrong or is this just another scare tactic so we will buy six dollar a dozen eggs at the health food store?
Or maybe I am just sheltered and have been risking it all this time.
Have you ever used or made Pasteurized eggs?