How Safe are Your Easter Eggs?

Will you be decorating Easter eggs this year? Do you know how to make sure they are safe to eat?

How Safe are Your Easter Eggs?Will you be decorating Easter eggs this year? Do you know how to make sure they are safe to eat?

Whether you are decorating your eggs or using them for an Easter Egg hunt, here are a few safety tips you should consider.

Decorations:

    -If you blow out the egg’s contents to decorate with the egg shell, be careful because some raw eggs contain Salmonella.
    -Use only eggs that have been kept refrigerated and are uncracked.
    -Wash the surface of the egg with 1 teaspoon of bleach in 1/2 cup of water.
    -If you want to use the egg’s contents, refrigerate them right away and use them within two to four days.

Decorating:

    -If you will be dying your eggs this year, you should never leave them out of the refrigerator for more than two hours.
    -Use dyes and food colorings that are safe to eat, as colors almost always seep thru the shell and onto the boiled egg.
    -Wash your hands before handling the eggs.

Easter Egg Hunt:

    -Our Florida temperatures can be very warm at Easter, so you may want to consider hunting for plastic or other fake eggs.
    -Eggs that are placed on the ground, may pick up bacteria, especially if the shells are cracked.
    -Real eggs should be hidden away from dirt, pets and other sources of bacteria.
    -Do not spend more that two hours on a Easter Egg Hunt with real eggs. This includes the time spent hiding the eggs, too.
    -Wash the eggs you find, put them in the fridge and eat them within the week.
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