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Easter Egg Safety
General Information
Prettily decorated hard-boiled eggs are a tradition of Easter and Passover Seder. They’re the colors of spring and brighten up any celebration. However, if hard-boiled eggs aren’t prepared or stored properly, they can cause food poisoning.

Easter Eggs
Here’s an even dozen safety tips from About.com Culinary Arts to help keep your celebrations bouncing along: 
  1. Use one set of eggs for decorating and hunting, and another for eating. Or to be really safe, use plastic eggs for your Easter egg hunt instead of real ones.
  2. Keep everything clean. Wash utensils, countertops and other surfaces eggs come in contact with. That includes washing your hands thoroughly with soap and hot water before and after handling raw eggs or cooked eggs that will be eaten.
  3. Coloring Easter eggs can be fun, but if you're planning to eat the eggs you dye, make sure to only use food-grade dyes.
  4. Keep hard-boiled eggs intended for eating in the refrigerator until the last possible minute.
  5. Check the temperature of your refrigerator with an appliance thermometer to make sure that it is at 40°F or colder.
  6. Do not let anyone eat eggs that have been unrefrigerated (whether at room temperature or outside) for more than two hours under any circumstances. That includes hard-boiled egg used as part of the Passover seder.
  7. If you hollow out eggshells by blowing the raw egg through holes in the shell, you could expose yourself to salmonella from raw egg touching your mouth. To be safe, use pasteurized eggs. If pasteurized eggs aren't available, sanitize the outside of the egg by washing the eggs in hot water and rinsing them it in a solution of 1 teaspoon chlorine bleach per half cup of water.
  8. If you plan to use the raw eggs from the blown out shells, cook and eat them right away — don't try to store them.
  9. When preparing hard-boiled eggs for an egg hunt, be on the lookout for cracks in the shells. Even tiny cracks can allow bacteria to contaminate the egg. Eggs having any cracks whatsoever should be discarded.
  10. If you're hiding eggs outside, choose the cleanest hiding places you can and avoid areas where pets or other animals might visit.
  11. Keep track of time to ensure the hiding and hunting time doesn't exceed a cumulative two hours. And remember to refrigerate the found eggs right away — or discarded if the two-hour limit is exceeded.
  12. Nothing lasts forever! Even properly refrigerated hard-boiled eggs must be eaten within seven days of cooking.

For more safety tips and other information about this topic and many others, visit About.com Culinary Arts

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