The Safe Way to Enjoy Eggnog This Winter
Eggnog has always been a staple of the holiday season. Whether your family has a secret recipe that’s been passed down for generations – or if you just Googled one last night – NC State Extension food safety specialist, Ben Chapman, shares simple steps to help you add a dash of safety to your eggnog.
Keep your loved ones happy and healthy while enjoying a timeless tradition during the holidays!
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- If using pasteurized eggs (labeled on carton), you can consume without heating, just chill the final mix and enjoy!
- If using unpasteurized eggs, make sure you heat the mix to 160 degrees Fahrenheit, while stirring, to kill harmful bacteria that may be present.
- Note that adding alcohol will NOT kill bacteria in unpasteurized eggs; it must be heated to 160 degrees Fahrenheit (use a digital food thermometer for accuracy).
This segment of Homegrown was filmed in the Dinah E. Gore Teaching and Research Kitchens at NC State University. The state-of-the-art kitchen complex was designed to enhance and extend our work in teaching, research and Extension.
Find more helpful holiday food safety tips and resources from Ben Chapman and NC State Extension’s food safety team.