Extension Connection: Tips for Easter egg safety
Thursday, April 5, 2007
- Inspect eggs prior to purchasing them. Make sure they are not dirty or cracked. Dangerous bacteria can enter a cracked egg.
- Store eggs in their original carton in the refrigerator and use them within three weeks.
- Place eggs in single layer in a saucepan and fill with water one inch above the eggs. Cover the pan and bring to boil. Turn off heat. (Remove from heat to prevent further boiling.)
- Let eggs stand, covered, in the hot water for 15 minutes.
- Water cool: Immediately run cold water over eggs or place them in ice water until completely cooled, then refrigerate.
- Eggs should reach room temperature or below prior to dyeing.
- Do not handle eggs excessively, and wash your hands thoroughly when you handle them.
- Do not color eggs whose shells crack during cooking.
- Use food coloring or food-grade dyes if they will be eaten.
- Refrigerate eggs after coloring until they are to be hidden.
- Avoid areas where eggs may come in contact with pets, wild animals, insects or lawn chemicals. If in doubt, hide colored plastic eggs and save the real eggs for being eaten later.
- Refrigerate eggs after they have been hidden and found again.
- Don't eat eggs with cracked shells or eggs that have been out of the refrigerator for more than two hours.