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Practice safe eggnog

From eNews, December 16, 2005

Eggnog is an acquired taste. Some people salivate at the thought of this creamy, rich beverage. Others will gag and give you a look of utter disgust. However you may feel about this holiday tradition, it's become a permanent wintertime fixture in many homes.

Eggnog is a drink essentially made of eggs, milk, sugar, and flavoring. Spirits are often added and rich cream may replace all or part of the milk. Eggnog may be served hot or cold, but according to the American Egg Board, it should always be prepared as custard to avoid the risk of foodborne illness.

The following are some tips from Info-U to prepare safe eggnog.

Info-U is the University of Minnesota Extension Service's multilingual, prerecorded information service. To learn more about it, see

Editor's note: You can get more tips on holiday food and safety by calling "Answer Line," a free service from the University of Minnesota Extension Service, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; 1-800-854-1678.

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