Thursday, March 1, 2012

Perhaps the best thing about Sweden?

OK, you know what one of the most awesome things about living in Sweden is? Seriously?


Why does that matter? - you might be wondering.

Because today I baked cookies with Little Swede and we could totally enjoy liking the bowl. And let me tell you, we went to town.

Butter, sugar, a little vanilla and two eggs. Yum.

Yes, there is practically no Salmonella in Sweden. If there is a Salmonella outbreak, the animals are usually ‘taken care of’ quickly and the outbreak is reported in the national papers.

This might be thanks to Astrid Lindgren and her early quests to support chickens and set up strict rules for caring for chickens in Sweden. Or it may just be to very careful conditions. I don’t know.

But I do know I enjoy it. And I think it really should be an eye opener to the rest of the world - it is possible to mass produce eggs from healthy chickens. 


  1. Ooops never thought of the risk of licking the batter when baking... Hm....
    Maybe I should think of that, but I guess it will be extremely difficult to prevent my daughter from licking the batter even in the future.... ;-)

  2. I read recently that the eggs are usually fine, it's the shells that are the problem, if they haven't been washed. In the UK they are quickly doused in antibacterial boiling water, so that if you are cooking and break the shell against the side of your bowl, any bacteria is not going to drop into your mixture. I keep chickens, and have always scrubbed my eggs as soon as I have collected them, even if they look clean. So, is that why so many states in the USA prohibit the keeping of poultry by private owners? Because salmonella is rife?

  3. I finally get to post a comment on your blog. I have had lot of trouble with the comments lately. I don´t know if any one else has.
    I just never thought about not licking the bowl as you bake in the US. I still did that unaware of the salmonella and the eggs. Luckily I did not get sick. But it is true that there is practically no salmonella in eggs here.
    Have a nice weekend.

  4. @desiree - Strange, didn't realize there was something wrong there, will check on it. Glad to hear you didn't get sick. I'm sure it is usually fine, but still....

    @Janerowena - not quite sure why they prohibit it, I know a few people who do have chickens for egg laying, but not sure what the rules are. Good tip about the boiling, but I have heard salmonella can also be inside eggs, although that might be rarer.

    In college we often used eggbeaters to make dough we planned to eat a lot of, since that is pasteurized. But this is much easier!

  5. The reason that sweden is virtually free from Salmonella is that it was hard hit by an epedmic of it in 1953 that left 90 dead in one small town.
    That was during the 'Social Engineering' days of Sweden, and it was deemed that it should never be allowed happen again and very draconic messures where implemented to combat Salmonella.

  6. how / what do you use in the chickens' coop for insulation during the long cold dark Swedish winters?