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Mar 7, 2014 06:17 AM

Baking when sick?

I'd like to bake cookies today (I have a babysitter!!), but I have a cold and a slightly scratchy throat. Would my cookies make people sick if I take care to wash a lot and don't cough or sneeze on anything? Thanks!

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  1. It's not the pre-baked cookies I'd worry about; the oven temps should kills the bugs. it's exposure to you post-baking. I'd refrain.

    1. Go ahead and bake if these are intended for your family. Of course take senisble precautions but your family's been exposed to all of your cold virus anyway.

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      1. re: MidwesternerTT

        That makes sense; they are for my family. Although around here, EVERYONE seems to have something right now!

      2. Latex gloves and maybe a face mask too. Just sort of kidding.

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        1. I think it's fine, just don't cough into the batter though if you did it's likely still fine.

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          1. re: fldhkybnva

            Just don't cough on the finished product? ;)

            1. re: quirkydeb

              That's what I would say, raw batter has plenty of other things like raw eggs etc to "worry" about too.

              1. re: quirkydeb

                I think the final product might be OK as well especially for a family. I wish I ever even considered these things :)

            2. also makes a difference as to what the external symptoms are...I'd be a lot less fussed with a scratchy throat and a stuffed-up head than someone who was coughing and sneezing continually....

              Gastrointestinal complaints, however, are a flat-out NO for me.