Simple steps to improve your health and personal finances.
- Author: Patti C. Wooten Swanson
Published on: November 18, 2014
Cooking and storing the eggs
- Choose fresh, refrigerated eggs to hard boil for your Easter eggs.
- Refrigerate cooked eggs until you are ready to dye them.
Dyeing and decorating the eggs
- Wash your hands before handling cooked eggs.
- Use food-safe dye to color the eggs (if you plan to eat them)*.
- Refrigerate the colored eggs until time for the Easter egg hunt.
- If you plan to hollow out eggshells to decorate by blowing out the raw egg through holes in the shell (such as for Ukrainian Easter eggs), sanitize the eggs first by washing them in hot water and rinsing in a solution of 1 teaspoon chlorine bleach per half cup of water, or buy pasteurized shell eggs (labeled on the carton).
Hiding and hunting the eggs:
- Avoid “hiding” cracked eggs because bacteria can easily contaminate them.
- Hide eggs in places away from dirt, pets, insects, or lawn chemicals that might contaminate them.
- Limit the total time for hiding and hunting eggs to two hours. Eggs left out of the refrigerator more than two hours are NOT safe to eat.
- Throw away any eggs left out of the refrigerator for more than two hours.
- Discard any Easter eggs that have been cracked.
- Wash and refrigerate "found" eggs until eaten.
- Eat hard-cooked eggs within one week. (Hard cooked eggs do not last as long as raw eggs, because cooking removes a protective coating that prevents bacteria from getting into them.)
*Some people make two sets of eggs---one for decorating and hiding, and another for eating.