What are pasteurized eggs?

Hello my dear readers,

And since Easter is nearby, let’s discuss about eggs.

Well, maybe for you is something very common but for me it is the first time that I’ve heard about pasteurized eggs.

Wait, what?

Really, I’ve never heard of them until one day I’ve looked in the fridge and I’ve noticed something strange with the eggs, they had a P stamped on them and I’ve asked my husband what eggs did he bought?

Then he told me: are pasteurized eggs!


What are pasteurized eggs?Β 

Time for a quick search

It seems that pasteurized eggs are very common in the US.

Their Food and Drug Administration Food Code defines regular shell eggs as a potentially hazardous food and to be sold they have to be pasteurized to reduce the food-borne illness or food poisoning for that dishes that are not cooked or are only lightly cooked such as carbonara (which is done with raw eggs) or Benedict eggs which are lightly cooked.Β 

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To limit the risk of the illness that can be produced by contaminated food, the products must be pasteurized, meaning heating the products to a specified temperature for a specified period.

Boiling eggs

Oh well, I guess the eggs that I find here are naturally pasteurized as very often are kept outside of the fridge and the temperature is always around 27 degrees Celsius (80.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

Actually before coming to Singapore, I’ve never seen the eggs outside of the fridge but seems they know better πŸ˜‰

However, for majority of countries seems the eggs are all pasteurized, it is the norm…honestly I even did not know πŸ€”

Difference between the normal eggs and pasteurized eggs?

Some are saying that the pasteurized eggs are not so tasty and makes your scrambles eggs less fluffy but honestly I did not feel or see any difference at all.

It looks the same and tastes the same to me!

It is true that I did not used them for baking so I don’t know how the egg whites behave when you try to whip them though…

Have you used pasteurized eggs? What do you think?

Wish you a wonderful day!

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Love,Β R

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31 thoughts

  1. I find that pasteurized eggs are usually eggs that suppliers have not been able to sell during the period before expiry.

    The eggs that are not sold are then pasteurized to extend shelf life and that’s why they taste different and the texture is different. Often there will be rotten eggs in a carton of pasteurized eggs. The word pasteurized is misleading and aimed to make the public believe that they are more healthy.

  2. Eggs have a natural coating called a bloom that protect them from bacteria getting inside the porous shell. It also preserves them. If they are washed the bloom is removed. If they are unwashed they do not necessarily need to be refrigerated. However it is said that they last longer when refrigerated. If they are washed they do need to be refrigerated. Pasteurization would then kill any bacteria that may get in because the bloom is washed away. In the US it is required that store bought eggs be washed. Since we raise our own chickens we only wash eggs that need it. We collect eggs at least twice a day so that most of the eggs don’t require washing. Farm fresh eggs are the best!

  3. I’ve never bought pasteurized eggs. The eggs I get are from my two friends’ back yards, organic, and carefully managed, and I use them raw in Caesar dressing and homemade mayonnaise. I grew up eating eggs from our own chickens, and I don’t think my mother every worried about this either. I think the risk posed from local organic eggs is quite low, and the larger problem arises with factory farm eggs and long storage for supermarkets. It is easy to determine when your supermarket eggs were packed as there is a numerical day of the year stamped on every carton. You’ll be surprised at how old some of them are.

    1. That’s great to have the eggs directly from your chickens or buy from a local trusted source.
      When I was little, I always had the eggs from my grandparents’s chickens but now unfortunately I need to buy them from the supermarket.
      I always check the date stamped on them though…πŸ€ͺ luckily I did not find any old ones…πŸ€ͺ but I had a friend who did and the egg was just horrible 😒

      1. Checking the date is important! A lot of people are not aware of the packing date code, although I don’t know why they can’t make it easy and just stamp the date packed on it like everything else! How many people off the top of their head know today is day 99?

  4. Hey that’s a good question at the end. πŸ˜‚ Wait!πŸ™„πŸ€” What did you say? pasteurized eggs, my god, I just learnt the spelling of “pasteurized” what do you mean? thanks for explaining that to us. πŸ˜€πŸ˜ŠAn informative post!!!! I have never seen the eggs out of fridge in my city, even in shops, Except in my native, I get fresh egg from the chicken. This is a NORM? for real? ✨😊 Can’t believe. Anyway, Enjoyed reading it. Thanks for this post Ribanna. Have a wonderful day βœ¨πŸ’πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜€πŸ˜Š

    1. Hi Simon, I’m glad you’ve found something new πŸ˜‰
      Yes, seems that is the norm in several countries around the world…I did not know it either πŸ€ͺ
      The fresh eggs from your own chickens are definitely the best πŸ˜‰
      Thank you Simon for reading! Wish you a wonderful day! 🀩🀩

  5. I can taste the difference. Not when cooked/fried but when eaten raw… 😢
    We had chicken back when I was a kid and I regularly “drink” eggs right from chickens nest 😁

    1. Oh my…drink the eggs right from the chickens?…I don’t think there is fresher than that πŸ€ͺ but every time I see someone just “drink” the egg like this, I can’t stand it πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

      1. Haha πŸ˜… I understand. I do feel that now because I no longer like it.
        If someone to this and we’re together, I’ll make sure to tell them to “gulp down the damn thing, if they don’t want me to push the shell down with it.”
        Joke. I feel to be mean right now πŸ˜‚
        Have a great day Ribby ❀

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