Hello. I have just made swiss meringue for the second time. I made it once before and have just made it again. However I am now concerned with the raw egg whites. I did warm the egg whites to almost hot. Do you think that is enough heat to get rid of bacteria? I am more concerned this time I guess because of feeding a large crowd. I have not had an issue before. I always heat the egg mixture until it's close to hot. Please respond. Thanks
If the eggs were pasteurized then you should theoretically be ok. I always use the pastuerized egg whites that come in a carton in the dairy case and then heat the egg mixture until it reqches 140-150 F. HTH.
No the egg whites did not come out of a box. I did heat them to a little over 145. I have a giant double batch too. Hmmmmmm.
All the recipes say that if you heat the egg whites to 140 or over, that they are fine, so I don't think you have anything to worry about.
FDA recommends that some meats are OK at 140 degrees, but egg should be 160.
I also use the pasteurized whites in the carton. So much easier and makes great smbc. I use to crack the eggs, took a lot of time, then i would make fmbc with the yolks. lotta work, but so good!!!