can you eat an egg with blood in it

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “can you eat an egg with blood in it?” We will also discuss the factors that increase the chances for eggs to have blood on them and if their consumption is safe for human health. 

Can you eat an egg with blood in it?

Yes, of course, you can consume eggs with a blood spot on them! This may have been the result of the break of a blood vessel either when the yolk is being formed or if an accident in the reproductive tract has occurred.

 Picture you preparing your breakfast, you break your first egg, and then notice a reddish spot that seems like blood. Your first reaction may be to throw them away as soon as possible, but before you do it, I must tell you it is completely safe to consume eggs with blood in them.

Why do eggs have blood on them?

According to Eggfarmers Canada, about 1% of eggs commercially available will exhibit a blood spot in them. Most eggs with red spots are noticed before selling them, but sometimes – even more in brown eggs – it can be hard to spot them.

These blood spots can be the result of the rupture of a blood vessel when the egg is being formed. 

It was widely believed that these red spots meant that the egg was fertilized, but that is completely untrue.

In what kind of eggs is it most common to find blood spots?

If you have consumed eggs bought at the farmers market, or even if your eggs come from your backyard, it is feasible that you have found a blood spot on them. This happens because hens lie on them, and they can cause vessel breakage.

Brown eggs can exhibit a higher number of red spots as their darker shells make finding blood spots harder.

How can you remove a blood spot in an egg?

Even though it is safe to consume eggs with blood spots in them, some people may simply not like this idea and want to get rid of the egg´s blood spot. If this is your case, then keep reading.

All you have to do is with the help of a knife, you should scrape the blood spot off of the yolk, this has to be before your meal preparation. And that is it, your eggs are blood-free!

Is it safe to consume eggs with blood in them?

Yes, according to state agencies eggs with blood spots can be safely consumed as they do not represent any risk to human health. When eggs can become a potential risk, even with no blood spots, is when they are not cooked properly.

As chickens and other types of poultries may carry Salmonella bacteria, their raw consumption is strictly prohibited as Salmonella infection can have dangerous effects. 

How can you properly cook eggs so Salmonella is not a problem?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises people on some egg safe handling instructions  to prevent Salmonella´s infection, such as:

  • Keep eggs refrigerated.
  • Cook until the yolk is firm.
  • Any food that contains eggs should be cooked thoroughly.

This may depend on where you acquire your eggs, if you buy eggs that have been already treated to destroy Salmonella, this can be achieved through shell pasteurization, then you would not have to follow the previous instructions.

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What are some recommendations when preparing eggs?

To consume eggs safely, some things to consider are:

  • Wash thoroughly hands, utensils, equipment, and surfaces where eggs are going to be cooked.
  • Your eggs should not be runny, so you may consume your eggs until the yolk and the white are both firms.
  • If you want to prepare a dish that needs undercooked eggs, then buy the ones with shell pasteurized so Salmonella is not an issue.
  • You should consume cooked eggs immediately after being cooked. If you want to store them, when you eat them again, they should be reheated to 165° F before consumption.

As you can see, although eggs are widely consumed, they still should be cooked properly so the risk of contracting Salmonella infection decreases.

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Conclusion

In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “can you eat an egg with blood in it?” We have also discussed other queries related to the subject at hand. 

Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Citations

https://www.eggs.ca/yourquestions/question/38/is-it-okay-to-eat-eggs-with-a-blood-spot-in-it#:~:text=Yes%2C%20it%20is%20ok.,blood%20spots%20in%20brown%20eggs
https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/communication/salmonella-and-eggs.html
https://www.fda.gov/food/buy-store-serve-safe-food/what-you-need-know-about-egg-safety

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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.