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    Frosting and Salmonella question

    I made a buttercream frosting out of the Bouchon cookbook. In it you heat sugar and water to 248 degrees and then pour it in a stream into 4 eggs (while beating the whole mixture). You then beat in the butter. The frosting is sitting in the refrigerator waiting for my daughter's birthday party tomorrow. I just realized that I should have used a recipe that cooks the eggs, or that doesn't have eggs. Do I need to throw the whole batch out and start over? I did taste it more than a few times while making it on Monday, and I am fine. I would just start over, but I have already colored the frosting and I may not have enough coloring leftover for a new batch. I don't really want a pink Elmo!

    Thanks for any advice you can give.

    Betsy

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    Oh Betsy! I've done exactly the same thing! I made a Chocolate Mousse and while the egg yolks are "partially cooked" like you eggs, the egg whites are just whipped and folded in. I realized after I had made it that there were kids coming, so I did the same taste test the day before!! I was fine, I did serve it and everyone was fine.

    That being said, I don't have a definitive answer to your question. I think that since you heated with the eggs with the hot sugar water (really 248?) that they were probably heated enough to not be a problem... I know there is a degree and someone will probably know that and post it, but I just don't know what it is.

    I would probably use what you have! Good luck to you.... let us know how it all turns out!

    Kim

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    According to my ServSafe book, the minimum temperature for eggs that are to be held for later service is 155 degrees F. If the eggs were stirred into a 248 degree F sugar-water mixture, you should be safe. I also found this article that said if the egg mixture reaches 160 degrees F, you should be safe.
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    Thank you PattiA and Kim, you made me feel better! I did go ahead and use the frosting I had made, and so far so good. The red was really red, so it was clearly Elmo!

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    I'm so glad it worked!!!

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