Temperature Of Egg Whites?

Decorating By herlittleway Updated 29 Nov 2009 , 4:19am by __Jamie__

herlittleway Posted 28 Nov 2009 , 2:28pm
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Hi everyone,

I just made some Swiss Meringue Buttercream last evening using a recipe and youtube video from DyannBakes.com.

When making this type of frosting you need to cook the egg whites and sugar over a pot that has simmering water. The recipe creator says to cook until the egg whites reach the temperature of 140 degrees, which I did. But after coming across a website that stated 160 degrees is the temperature to reach in order to make the egg whites safe to eat, I'm wondering if I did the right thing. Do any of you know which source to believe?

Thank you!
Rebekah

5 replies
-K8memphis Posted 28 Nov 2009 , 3:10pm
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I think it's 160 by government standards if memory serves. But I would eat your icing and I have a very ticky tummy--next time go higher but this batch of icing is fine I'm sure.

backermeister Posted 29 Nov 2009 , 2:58am
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You could also use pasturized egg whites so that the worry of food borne illness is erradicated.

MJoycake Posted 29 Nov 2009 , 3:31am
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I go to 160 when I make SMBC....it always turns out fine taking it up to that temp, so I do it just to be safe.

MJoycake Posted 29 Nov 2009 , 3:32am
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I go to 160 when I make SMBC....it always turns out fine taking it up to that temp, so I do it just to be safe.

__Jamie__ Posted 29 Nov 2009 , 4:19am
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Ditto to the 160.

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