Past Your Eyes

Angie Szumlinski News

Oh wait, that was supposed to be pasteurized! With supply chain shortages and delays, some food vendors (unnamed) are delivering “non-pasteurized” eggs to our centers. Per the vendor, the eggs are safe for human consumption if cooked to the recommended temperatures, so we shouldn’t be concerned, right?

Act 1, scene two. Surveyors in the building, notice the “non-pasteurized” eggs in the refrigerator and instead of sending up a hazard warning, decide to sit and wait, playing the “gotcha game”. You know the rest of the story, right? Act 1, scene three, resident requests an egg cooked “over easy” and bam, just like that you have an IJ! Yes, true story, providers beware!

So, what are we to do if eggs are in short supply? Consider other alternatives:

  • Post a “no egg” notice to residents and families
  • Interview residents to determine what their preference would be sans eggs (what protein source would they prefer)
  • Serve hard cheeses, bean breakfast burritos, etc. be creative!
  • Consider powdered eggs, can’t cook them sunny side up however, powdered eggs provide the same amount of protein, are fat-free, cholesterol-free, lower in calories, and have a shelf life of 5-10 years depending on the environment!

Life is never easy, food supplies are challenged just about everywhere so think outside of the box! Oh wait, how about a box of protein-packed cereal in place of eggs! Not being a big fan of eggs, I’m okay with a shortage but also understand the “breakfast basics” our seniors are used to. Hope these ideas help! Stay the course, stay well and stay informed!