Are bloody eggs safe to eat?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question, “Are bloody eggs safe to eat?”. We will discuss what makes some eggs bloody and if there are any risks of eating bloody eggs. 

Are bloody eggs safe to eat?

Yes, bloody eggs are safe to eat. Blood spots are blood droplets that occasionally form on egg yolks. As long as the eggs are properly cooked, blood spots are safe to eat.

Why are some eggs bloody?

The ovaries of a hen are packed with small blood arteries, and one will occasionally burst during the egg-laying stage. The rupturing of minute blood vessels in the hen’s ovaries or oviduct (the tube via which eggs move from the ovaries to the outside world) causes blood spots.

Blood spots are more common in the egg yolks but they can occur in the egg whites as well.

If the blood spot in the egg yolk: The bleeding very likely happened in the ovary after the egg was liberated from the follicle

If the blood spot is in the egg yolk: The bleeding happened after the egg was sent to the oviduct.

What are the main causes of bloody eggs?

Blood spots in eggs can be caused by a variety of factors. Here are a few of the most typical causes:

  • The hen is kept in a stressful environment while the eggs are developing
  • Bloodstains in the egg might also be caused by genetics.
  • Harsh treatment of the bird while an egg is forming
  • Poor nutrition in the hen’s diet, such as a lack of vitamins and minerals
  • Age can also be a role, particularly in newly hatched chicks and aged hens towards the latter part of their egg-laying cycle.

Are there any risks in eating bloody eggs?

No. Eggs with blood spots are safe to eat, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)  as long as they are properly cooked. Eating undercooked or raw eggs, whether or not they include blood spots, increases your chance of getting salmonella poisoning, a bacterial illness that causes fever, diarrhea, and stomach cramps.

Also, eggs with pink, green, or red yolks may contain pathogens that cause spoilage and must be avoided.

What should I do if I come across a bloody egg?

Since it is safe to eat, prepare it in the same way as any other egg.

  • Just blend the yolk into the egg while cooking.
  • If you don’t want to eat the blood spot, scrape it off the egg with a knife before you start making your dish.

How to detect bloody eggs?

There’s no way to detect a blood spot at home before cracking open the egg. Eggs are usually checked for blood spots by the manufacturer before they are released into the market.

Commercially sold eggs are subjected to a process known as “candling,” which involves exposing the egg to a strong light source to discover flaws. If any flaws are identified during the candling procedure, the egg is discarded. Some eggs containing blood spots go undetected during the candling process.

Furthermore, because of the darker color of the shell, bloodstains in brown eggs are more difficult to notice when candling. Brown eggs with blood spots, as a result, are more likely to pass undetected through the candling process.

Farm eggs are usually not candled. So those who eat farm eggs may see more bloodstains. 

How to find if an egg has spoiled?

When an air cell in an egg has inflated just enough it can float on water. This indicates that the egg is old, yet it is still edible. 

Break the egg in a bowl to see if it’s safe to eat. Look for an off-odor or peculiar look before deciding whether to use or throw the egg. When you crack open a ruined egg, whether raw or cooked, it emits a foul odor. Always discord off-smelling eggs.

What are the safety tips for eating eggs?

Even if your eggs are not bloody, they can make you sick. Always handle and cook eggs properly.

When eating raw or undercooked eggs, keep the following in mind:

  • Be alert of spilling eggs on other foods, surfaces, or dishes. After handling eggs, thoroughly clean all surfaces, plates, and utensils with warm soapy water. After working with eggs, always wash hands with soap and warm water and then dry them.
  • Store eggs carefully in a cool, dry area, such as the refrigerator.
  • Don’t use eggs that are over their best-before dates.
  • Eggs with cracked shells should not be used as dirt or bacteria could have gotten inside.

If you’re concerned about food poisoning, properly cooking eggs is the safest alternative.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question, “Are bloody eggs safe to eat?”. We discussed what makes some eggs bloody and if there are any risks of eating bloody eggs. 

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

References

https://starmilling.com/eggs-with-blood-spots-safe-to-eat/
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/bloody-egg
https://www.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/healthy-tips/2020/02/how-to-tell-if-an-egg-is-bad

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.