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Royal Icing help

post #1 of 6
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I am new to cooking. This year I am attempting to bake cookies. Some of the cookies I am making are gingerbread and sugar. I was looking up royal icing recipes to frost them with.

 

My problem is I have found two different types of recipes ones that call for egg whites and ones without. With some warnings about uncooked eggs.

 

Well young children & elderly will be eating my cookies (well if they turn out well & i don't burn my house down lol)

 

Is it ok to use egg whites or should I be worried?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 6

If you are separating whites from yolks, there is the possibility of salmonella because whole eggs cannot be pasteurized. To avoid this, you can buy egg whites that come in a small carton that have been pasteurized and are therefore safer to eat. Another option is to use meringue powder in place of the egg whites (approx. 1 tbsp meringue powder = 1 egg white).

 

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If you are separating whites from yolks, there is the possibility of salmonella because whole eggs cannot be pasteurized. ...

 

Really? Then http://www.safeeggs.com/ must be a scam, right?
 

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post #4 of 6

My mistake! I've never heard of pasteurizing whole eggs in the shell before. I don't believe any local grocery stores here carry them.

 

I'm disappointed in your attitude, though.

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...I'm disappointed in your attitude, though.

My apologies, I was just surprised that you were not aware of pasteurized eggs, they've been available here for, oh say, at least 10-15 years.

 

I'll try to use more emoticons like wink.gif to clarify my posts.
 

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Really? Then http://www.safeeggs.com/ must be a scam, right?

 

You can refer to this link if you want to save time also. :)
 

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