Easter Egg Safety
- Use eggs that have been refrigerated, and discard eggs that are cracked or dirty
- Perfect hard boiled eggs. Place cold eggs in a single layer in a saucepan, covered with 1-inch of cold water. Cover the pan and bring water to a rapid boil. Remove pan from heat (keep covered) and let stand for 15 minutes. Immediately run cold water over the eggs. When the eggs are cool enough to handle, place them in an uncovered container in the refrigerator where they can air-dry.
- Use food-grade dyes for decorating: commercial egg dyes, liquid food coloring, and fruit-drink powders.
- Keep hard-cooked Easter eggs refrigerated.
- Hide the eggs in places that are protected from dirt, pets and other potential sources of bacteria.
- Remember the 2-hour rule, and make sure the "found" eggs are back in therefrigerator or consumed within two hours.
- Enjoy hard boiled eggs for one week after cooking.