Whether your Easter plans include bunnies hopping down the trail, baskets, bonnets or candy, chances are eggs may have a role. Coloring, hiding and eventually eating Easter eggs has been a long-held tradition for many families. For the happiest of Easter memories, keep these safety tips in mind for handling and eating eggs, as the Easter season approaches.
Before any type of interaction with eggs, first wash your hands and your working area thoroughly. Continue to do so at every step including cooking, cooling and dyeing of eggs.
It is important to refrigerate hard-boiled eggs if you won’t be coloring them right after cooking and cooling. Color only eggs with no cracks. If any eggs crack during dyeing or while on display, discard them along with any eggs that have been out of refrigeration for more than two hours. If you want to keep your decorated eggs on display for a big longer, try emptying them out and decorating blown out eggs.
If hard-boiled eggs are kept out of refrigeration for over two hours, for decoration or for hiding, discard the eggs immediately after use, because hard-boiled eggs spoil faster than fresh eggs. When shell eggs are hard-boiled, the protective coating is washed away leaving the pores in the shell open for bacteria to enter.
Hard-boiled eggs should be refrigerated within two hours of cooking and used within one week.
If you hide eggs, consider hiding places carefully, avoiding areas where the eggs might come into contact with dirt, pets, wild animals, birds, reptiles, insects or lawn chemicals.
To keep your Easter, happy and safe, follow these tips. But egg safety doesn’t end at Easter, so to learn more about other egg safety tips, visit the Egg Safety Center’s frequently asked questions.