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Is adding a hot sugar syrup (boiled to 257 F) to egg mixture enough to kill salmonella and other bacteria?

asked by KKool almost 6 years ago

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HalfPint
HalfPint

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added almost 6 years ago

Yes, because most those bacteria are killed at 160F. So hot sugar syrup at 257F is hot enough.

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Peterc
added over 5 years ago

Consider a ratio for Italian meringue, 8oz of egg whites to 16oz of cooked sugar that is cooked to soft ball / 245f.

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ChefOno
added over 5 years ago


If I remember my thermodynamics correctly, the above works out to 185F and, for comparison purposes, a classic buttercream from Joy came out to 187F. But those calculations don't take into account inefficiencies due to heat loss from streaming the syrup into the egg mixture and via the mixing bowl, the mass and thermal conductivity of which are likely significant.

Mental gymnastics are fun but salmonella isn't. My guess is, real world, the mixture would not be pasteurized. That's backed up by Joy now recommending cooking buttercreams to 160F before beating in the butter.

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QueenSashy
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added over 5 years ago

ChefOno you never cease to impress me.

Eaton
added over 5 years ago

Salmonela is eliminated at 170, but if you use pasturized eggs, you don't need to worry about it at all!

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ChefOno
added over 5 years ago


Pasteurization only takes about 7 seconds at 160F -- the question is, how are you going to get the eggs up to that temperature? The most reliable method is over a water bath (aka double boiler).