No Salmonella Please

Since this week’s topic seems to be germs, and since my wife bought a 5-pound tub of cookie dough from Costco, I thought I would write that cookie dough is much better before it is cooked.

It is not necessarily a contrasting opinion from my previous post about using paper towels to open bathroom doors. The difference is that one is risky with no reward and the other is risky with a decent reward. Why risk something if there is nothing to be gained? That is why I don’t want to grab bathroom door handles with my bare hands. Or why I am mildly concerned that everyone in the bathroom touches the sink faucet to turn on the water, washes his hands, then touches the freshly-contaminated faucet handle to turn off the water. Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of washing your hands?

I am a fan of the automatic faucets, and I have been known to take the suds from my hands and wash the non-automatic faucet handle so that it will be clean for me to touch after I rinse my hands. And I do not pull the paper towel handle with my hand – usually some part of my arm between the wrist and elbow.

But, all that aside, I do enjoy raw cookie dough, even though that term is redundant. Cookie dough, as any dough, is raw. If it were cooked cookie dough, it wouldn’t be dough anymore. It would just be a cookie. I do occasionally think about salmonella as I am eating a spoonful of sugar-and-chocolate goodness. But these days, as long as my cookie dough doesn’t have tomatoes or peanuts or pistachios, I should be okay. Besides, most large-scale food companies use pasteurized eggs, especially for ice cream and eggnog.

I have fond memories of mom’s KitchenAid mixing bowl filled with cookie dough. My favorite was the chocolate chip with M&Ms. My guess is that only a third of that dough ever made it into cookies. It, like hot fudge, was best served on a spoon.

One interesting tidbit: salmonella is named after the guy that discovered the bacterium – Dr. Salmon.

Another interesting thing I learned is that the edible parts of the egg are clean; people get salmonella from dirty shells. From which end of the chicken did the egg come? So wash the shells just before use, and that should be the most help.

Do not eat any of it raw or boiled at all with water, but rather roasted with fire, {both} its head and its legs along with its entrails.

Exodus 12:9

This little article thingy was written by Some Guy sometime around 9:48 pm and has been carefully placed in the Food category.

2 Responses to “No Salmonella Please”

  1. Burrill

    I always feel bad for people who have bad things named after them. Like Dr. Salmon and salmonella, or Lou Gehrig and, uh, Lou Gehrig’s disease. That never seemed very nice.

  2. Erin

    Justin and I sort of have a deal: I eat the dough, he eats the cookies. I thought most eggs were cleaned before shipment? The only eggs that I’ve seen that haven’t been clean were the ones we used to pick up from a local farmer in England. EWWWW.

    Oh, and if the bathroom doesn’t have a lot of people in it, I’ll usually get my paper towel ready before I wash my hands. It’s right there to rip off when you are all done!

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