Quiche is a combination of eggs, cheese, milk, meat, seafood, vegetable baked together in an open tart. With quiche, you are free to add any ingredients as long as they blend well, but is it safe to eat quiche when pregnant?
Eating quiche safely during pregnancy depends on how well it was cooked. Most times, you will find out that after hours of baking, the fillings are soggy and the water not properly dried which means it is undercooked. Eating undercooked food during pregnancy could expose you to the risk of food contamination. Apart from the cooking procedure, the ingredients used are also important. Pregnant women should ensure that the eggs, milk and cheese are pasteurized and suitable for cooking.
Risks of eating quiche when pregnant.
Most quiche recipe requires you to serve cold; they also tell you to remove the quiche from the oven before the center sets. Following this recipe direction may result in you eating an undercooked meal which is not safe especially during pregnancy when your immune is not strong.
Food poisoning during pregnancy does not affect only you; it affects your fetus also which creates more anxiety as you will be worried about its safety.
Dehydration also comes with food contamination since its symptom is vomiting and diarrhea which leads to loss of fluid in the body. You need to drink water continuously to replace the lost fluids when vomiting.
You may feel like throwing up initially, but keep sipping the water slowly till your body can tolerate it. Drinking water is also essential to recovery from food contamination because it helps in flushing out toxins.
Consult your doctor if you notice any symptoms of food poisoning such as abdominal cramps, fever, bloody stool, dehydration or a headache. It is dangerous to leave food poisoning untreated as it could harm your unborn baby and cause long-term neurological development problems. It might also lead to stillbirth or miscarriage.
How to properly cook quiche.
While mixing your cheese with other fillings, make sure the cheese is packed tightly together so that there will be no air pockets which would retain moisture. Fill the cheese with custard until it's submerged before baking. Bake at 400 for 10 minutes, then reduce to 320 until it’s fully cooked.
Do not add too much liquid such as milk and ensure the vegetables you use are not dripping wet. You can also add a little cornstarch to the egg for a thicker texture before stirring in the cheese.
Another method is to cook the fillings properly before you add the cheese as a topping and bake. Always remember to bake your pie shell first, it helps to prevent your crust from being soggy.
When you cook quiche properly, it provides lots of health benefits to pregnant women. The eggs, milk, cheese, seafood, vegetables and even fresh herbs such as basil, oregano and parsley, provides the body with nutrients which will help in ensuring that the fetus grows and develops properly.
You can enjoy your quiche with tossed salad and fresh fruit as dessert.