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Easter Egg Safety

Make sure the Easter bunny at your house pays "egg"stra attention to Easter egg safety when handling eggs for dyeing and hunting.

Use these tips for Easter egg safety.

  • Keep fresh eggs refrigerated until it’s time to cook them.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before handling eggs at every step of the process: cooking, cooling, dyeing and hiding. Egg shells are porous and let bacteria penetrate, especially after cooking.
  • Cook the eggs until both the yolk and white are firm, not runny.
  • Refrigerate hard-cooked eggs in their cartons until ready to dye them. Do not eat hard-cooked eggs that have been out of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours (1 hour in temperatures 90° or higher).
  • Don’t color or hide eggs with cracked shells.
  • Use only food coloring or food-grade egg dyes to color eggs. Refrigerate eggs in their cartons immediately after dyeing.
  • When hiding eggs, avoid areas where they could come in contact with dirt, pets, insects, wild animals, birds, reptiles or lawn chemicals. Never hide cracked eggs.
  • Total time for hiding and hunting eggs should not exceed 2 hours (1 hour in temperatures 90° or higher). Refrigerate eggs immediately after they are found.
  • If you wish to use dyed hard-cooked eggs as a centerpiece or other decoration, cook extra eggs just for this purpose and discard them after use.

Watch our video on How to Boil an Egg perfectly.

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