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Dec 16, 2007 11:33 AM

Shelf life of homemade egg nog?

Yesterday, I made some homemade egg nog for a christmas party last night.

Or so I thought it was last night. Turns out it's actually next week. So now, I have close to two quarts of egg nog sitting in the fridge. This is a cooked egg nog; it reached 160 degrees, and it has plenty of rum and brandy in it. So now I'm trying to figure out, with the cooking and alcohol, will it last until the party on Saturday, or do I need to make a new batch of nog?

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    1. If you have an ice cream maker, just freeze the canister and then freeze your eggnog. You'll have eggnog ice cream (you might want to add a wee bit of sugar, as cold renders foods less sweet-tasting). I wouldn't keep it until next week, that's for sure.

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      1. re: nofunlatte

        I make egg nog with pasteurized eggs and I've had it last three days. It's always all gone past three days but there's no hint of it going bad. BUT, I'd be hesitant to serve week old egg nog to guests. I might try it myself, but be on the safe side and make a new batch. Take it to work if it non-alcoholic!

        1. re: Rick

          I think the part where the OP writes:" it has plenty of rum and brandy in it."
          is the first hint that taking it to work is not an option, lol!

          1. re: Tay

            Woops, glazed over that, sorry! Maybe take it in for an after work party!

            1. re: Tay

              I work in a bar. Taking it to work would be welcomed.

          2. re: nofunlatte

            There's a lot of alcohol in this; it's a bit over 7 cups of egg nog, 1 cup of which is rum and brandy. I'm wondering if it will freeze at all. So, you've given me a idea; I'm going to toss some in the freezer and see what happens to it. Place your bets, folks! Will it:

            a) Freeze solid and then thaw back into homogeneous liquid
            b) Freeze solid and then separate upon thawing
            c) Not freeze, thereby staying in liquid form, or
            d) Do something I wasn't expecting.

            1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

              d) partially frozen ala a Slurpee is my guess

          3. If you still have the egg nog, would you post the ingredients, please. I keep both eggs and dairy for more than a week (in the refrigerator) so I guess I don't see the problem -- maybe I'm missing something.

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            1. re: Sherri

              the eggs were cracked open, not whole and in the shell. Would you eat week old scrambled eggs?

            2. Ok, I'll just add this. My friends make eggnog for me every year. They make it at Thanksgiving and tell me not to drink it til Xmas. It has plenty of booze in it. I've kept it well past Xmas and drink it. Nobody has ever gotten sick from it.I know it goes against logic to keep it a month and more but I guess the booze kills anything that would try to grow..

              1. The field is narrowed down to two for freezing egg nog... it's going to be either A or B. After a couple of hours in the freezer, it turned into egg nog granita, but after coming home from work it was a solid but scoopable mass. It's now thawing in the fridge, and I'm thinking it's going to come out on the other end just fine. However, after reading the King of Northern Blvd's post, I'm not going to worry so much about freezing it.