Easter is here and that means bunnies, Easter egg hunts and dyeing eggs. Decorating eggs is a great memory for many families at Easter. And stores sell decorating kits with food coloring, stencils and other accessories to enhance the experience. The Egg Safety Center has a few tips for safely enjoying these hard-boiled creations this year, ensuring this will be a harmless activity for children and their families.
Anyone can join in on the fun, inexpensive activity of dyeing eggs by following these simple preparation steps:
1. Gently place eggs in a saucepan large enough to hold the eggs on one layer.
2. Add cold water, enough to cover the eggs by one inch.
3. Heat until boiling.
4. Once the water boils, remove from the burner and let the eggs stand, covered, in the hot water for 10 to 12 minutes.
5. Drain immediately and decorate warm OR cool completely under cool running water prior to decorating.
While Salmonella are destroyed when hard-boiled eggs are properly prepared, hard-boiled eggs can spoil more quickly than raw eggs. Therefore, decorate your eggs within two hours of boiling and immediately refrigerate to prevent food borne illness. Do not dye eggs that have cracked during boiling.
Make sure to eat your decorated, hard-boiled eggs within one week. Also, since egg shells are porous, the Egg Safety Center recommends not storing them next to strong smelling foods, as the eggs can absorb odors. No one wants eggs that smell like garlic.
The Egg Safety Center wishes everyone a happy Easter!