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Expo West and Safe Eggs

Last week’s Natural Product Expo West was epic in both size and scope, with more than 71,000 attendees, and more than 2,700 product exhibitors of natural and organic products. I had a chance to sample hundreds of new items, from turmeric drinks to snack bars made with cricket flour (“You’re not truly paleo unless you eat bugs“) and I feel like I barely scratched the surface.

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expo west floor

How did I sort through it all? I had a great experience being part of the Kitchen PLAY team with Casey Benedict; joined by Jackie of  The Seaside Baker, Valerie of Mama Likes to Cook, Carolyn of Healthy Voyager, Sara of My Imperfect Kitchen, Daily of Daily Curlz, Chrystal of Happy Mothering, Jean of Gluten Free Doctor, and Mimi of Mimi Avocado. We worked with four amazing companies: Nature’s Path Organics, Enzymedica, Litehouse Foods, and Davidson’s Safest Choice Pasteurized Eggs.

cage free eggs

One of the main reasons I was excited to write about Safest Choice Pasteurized Eggs was that their product is one I use all the time and love. These eggs are pasteurized with a special warm water bath, making them safe for consuming raw or semi-cooked. That means you can eat your cookie dough, your Caesar salad dressing, and your spaghetti carbonara with no worries about the safety of your food, because the pasteurization process eliminates the risk of salmonella in eggs before the eggs even enter your kitchen. (In my family’s case, that also means making our favorite Viennese torte with a rich buttercream recipe that calls for raw egg yolks.)

Safest Choice eggs are available in two varieties, All-Natural and Cage Free. Both varieties are sourced from vegetarian-fed hens that are hormone and antibiotic free from USDA certified and inspected farms that are kosher certified by the Orthodox Union. Safest Choice’s Cage Free eggs also come from farms approved as Certified Humane® – so you can rest easy about both the safety AND quality of what you’re eating.

safest choice eggs

With Safest Choice eggs, you have the flexibility to branch out and experiment with other recipes using eggs that you might have never considered. Exhibit A: Chef’s Secret Mashed Potatoes. These mashed potatoes are richer and creamier than any you’ve ever tasted, and that’s because of their secret ingredient, a raw egg yolk. (I recently learned that this is also one of actor Stanley Tucci’s secrets in his well-reviewed cookbook, The Tucci Table.)

Secret mashed potatoes

Since I love these versatile eggs so much, I want to share them with you. Just in time for Easter and Passover, I am giving away a month’s worth of Safest Choice eggs (coupons for four dozen free eggs) to TWO different readers. If you’d like to win a month’s worth of free eggs, leave a comment below. I’ll choose two winners randomly from among the comments at noon Pacific Time on Monday, March 23.

Blogger disclosure: I received compensation to work with Kitchen Play and its sponsors for Expo West. I only write about a product if I love it. All opinions expressed are my own.




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3 Responses to Expo West and Safe Eggs

  1. Doris March 17, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

    I’ll have to look into these. My daughter loves runny sunny side up eggs.

  2. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious March 19, 2015 at 11:37 am #

    Those eggs really, truly save the day with certain recipes. And even with eggs over easy in the morning, since we know that unless an egg is cooked to a hard state, it is considered raw. So all those gorgeous runny eggs need to be made with pasteurized eggs, for safety. Dying to win!

  3. Joe March 23, 2015 at 9:20 am #

    Love these! I can’t think of a single reason to not eat more cookie dough right now…

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