Easter Egg Safety

  • Inspect the eggs prior to purchasing them. 
    Make sure they are not dirty or cracked. 
    Dangerous bacteria may enter a cracked egg.

  • Store eggs in their original carton in the
    refrigerator until you are ready to prepare them. 
    Eggs tend to take on odors of foods around them, so try to
    store them away from foods with heavy odors (such as onions, fish,

  • The American
    Egg Board
    recommends the following method for boiling
    the perfect Easter egg: 

    •  Place
      eggs in a single layer in a saucepan.

    • Add
      enough tap water to come at least 1 inch above the eggs.

    •  A
      tablespoon of vinegar can be added to allow better dye coverage
      after cooking.

    • Cover the pan and quickly bring just to
      boiling.  Turn off

    • If necessary, remove the pan from the burner
      to prevent further boiling.

    •  Let
      eggs stand, covered, in the hot water for 15 minutes.

    •  Immediately
      run cold water over eggs or place them in ice water until
      completely cooled.

    • Refrigerate the eggs.

  •  Eggs
    should always be cooked well regardless of the cooking method or
    style.  The Food and Drug
    Administration (FDA) recommends cooking eggs until both the yolk and
    the white are firm, not runny.  Cooking
    them this way destroys Salmonella and other harmful bacteria that may
    be in the eggs.

  • Wash
    your hands thoroughly after handling eggs (and try not to handle them
    excessively while dying, hiding, etc.). 
    The shell of an egg is very porous and can allow bacteria to
    penetrate to the inside.

    Make sure to avoid areas where the eggs may come into contact
    with pets, wild animals, insects or lawn chemicals. 
    egg suppliers sell pre-cooked Easter eggs that are resin coated for
    extra protection against contamination and longer shelf life.

Egg Board guidelines for Easter eggs:

you wont be coloring your eggs immediately after cooking them, store
them in their cartons in the refrigerator. 
Then, after they have been hidden and found, refrigerate them

Dont eat cracked eggs or eggs that have been out of the
refrigerator for more than two hours.

If you plan to use hard-cooked eggs as a centerpiece, cook extra
eggs for eating and discard the ones that are left out of refrigeration
for decoration.

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