Study the vocabulary and then read the article. Answer the questions below to check your understanding.

Vocabulary*

refrigerator - ตู้เย็น - a box to keep food cold
counter - เคาน์เตอร์ - a flat surface
salmonella - บัคเทริแสลมะเนล์ละ - a bacteria that can make people sick
vaccine - วัคซีน - an injection given to prevent an illness
food poisoning - ป่วง - an illness caused by eating food that is unclean or spoiled
room-temperature - อุณหภูมิห้อง - not hot or cold
wash - ล้าง - to clean
baking - การอบ - food cooked in an oven
illegal - ที่ผิดกฎหมาย - against the law
bacteria - แบคทีเรีย - a single celled microorganism
ovary - รังไข่ - the female organ that produces eggs
dirt - คำประมาท - soil, dust
feces - อุจจาระ - poop, waste
coating - เครื่องห่อหุ้ม - layer
cuticle - หนังกำพร้า - the outermost protective layer
consistency - ความไม่เปลี่ยนแปลง - done the same way each time

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why do Americans wash their eggs?
  2. Why do Europeans vaccinate their chickens?
  3. Why can't washed eggs be left on the counter?
  4. How long do eggs last when washed and refrigerated?
  5. What are two reasons that some chefs don't like refrigerated eggs?
  1. They wash their eggs to prevent food poisoning from salmonella bacteria.
  2. They vaccinate their chickens to prevent salmonella from contaminating their eggs.
  3. The protective coating (cuticle) is removed from the eggs during washing which causes them to spoil quickly if left at room temperature.
  4. Eggs last for about 50 days when refrigerated.
  5. Some chefs believe that refrigerated eggs absorb odors from other foods in the refrigerator and that room temperature eggs are better for baking.

* The Thai translations are provided for your convenience, but many words have more than one translation. If you think that there is a better word, feel free to let me know in the comments.