Tips on Egg Safety as You Prepare Easter Eggs
Information provided by the American Dietetic Association: Your Link to Nutrition & Health
As your family prepares to hop down the bunny trail, the American Dietetic Association suggests simple guidelines to help ensure your Easter baskets are full of safe eggs.
Inspect your eggs
Before you buy, open the carton and make sure none of them are cracked.
Keep eggs separate from raw meat
Starting in your grocery cart, keep eggs and other foods separate from raw meat, fish, seafood and poultry. In your refrigerator, store eggs in cartons and keep them away from meat and poultry that might drip juice.
Wash your hands
Before any step in preparing Easter eggs - cooking, cooling, dyeing and hiding - wash hands thoroughly in warm, soapy water.
Cook to completion
To hard-boil eggs properly, bring a pot of cold water and eggs to a rapid boil, then remove from heat. Let eggs stand in water for 15 minutes. Run cold water over eggs until cooled. Eggs are ready when white and yolk are completely set.
Store Easter eggs in the refrigerator. Like other high-protein foods, eggs shouldn't sit out at temperatures 40 degrees Fahrenheit or higher for more than two hours.
After washing your hands, handle eggs carefully while decorating to avoid damage. Cracked eggs invite bacteria. If you plan to eat your creations, decorate the eggs and refrigerate them promptly.
Hide and Seek
If an Easter egg hunt is in your plans, hide eggs so they stay clear of pets, dirt and other sources of bacteria. Don't hide eggs more than an hour in advance of the hunt if you plan to eat them. Throw away eggs that are cracked, dirty or have been unrefrigerated for more than two hours. Tip: To be extra cautious, cook two sets of eggs: one for hiding and another for eating.
Discard eggs after a week
Store eggs on a shelf inside the refrigerator, not on the door. Hard-boiled eggs-in the shell or peeled-do not keep as well as raw eggs, so discard any leftover Easter eggs after one week.
Whether preparing, serving or hunting for eggs, it's easy for everyone to have a splendid Easter celebration while staying safe.