Easter Egg Safety

0414_Easter EggsIt's a spring ritual that brightens holiday Easter tables and the faces of children and adults alike. It's Easter egg coloring. And with all the creative coloring kits on the market, there's no shortage of ways for families to come together, have some fun, and show some creativity. But Easter egg coloring is about more than choosing the right color; it's also about safety and ensuring you protect yourself and your loved ones from illness. To help ensure your safety, we've put together these helpful tips:

  • Buy the freshest eggs available.
  • Inspect all eggs in the carton to ensure none are cracked or broken.
  • Make sure eggs are refrigerated at 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Wash your hands with hot soapy water before and after handling the eggs. Make sure children do the same.
  • Hard boil eggs the safe way. To avoid salmonella poisoning, it's critical that eggs are thoroughly cooked. PAAS, a leading maker of Easter egg coloring kits, shares these steps for safe hard boiling:
    • Place eggs in single layers in a large saucepan. Add water to at least 1" above eggs.
    • Cover. Quickly bring water to boil and turn off heat.
    • Remove the pan from heat to prevent further boiling. Let eggs stand, covered for 15 minutes for large eggs, 12 minutes for medium eggs, and 18 minutes for extra large eggs.
    • Immediately run cold water over eggs or place them in ice water completely submerged.
  • Use only food-grade dyes available with egg coloring kits.
  • While your eggs might make a colorful centerpiece for your table, don't make the mistake of leaving them out too long and eating them. For your safety, never eat eggs that have been unrefrigerated for more than two hours.
  • Do not boil eggs that are cracked.
  • Don't eat colored shelled eggs older than seven days. Additionally, eggs out of their shell should be eaten immediately.
  • To peel an egg for serving, gently crack it on a hard surface until the entire egg is cracked. Softly roll the egg in your hands and peel from the large end first. While peeling, run the egg under cold water so that the shell will continue to crack.
  • Never microwave shelled eggs. The pressure could cause them to explode.

Planning an egg hunt?

If you want to use real eggs for an Easter egg hunt, be extra careful. Never hide cracked eggs or place them in areas where chemicals are sprayed. Make sure the eggs are not left outside unrefrigerated for more than two hours. For more information on egg coloring safety and decorating tips, visit http://www.paaseastereggs.com.