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9 Egg Safety Tips for Spring Celebrations

Eggs have special meaning to many people at springtime. In a variety of beliefs, eggs may represent rebirth, health, happiness, the circle of life, or many other hopeful sentiments, reports The York Daily Record.  Eggs are one of the most celebrated springtime foods. Here’s a round-up of top egg safety tips to keep you and yours safe in your spring food festivities:

1 – “Always wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before and after food handling.” That’s a tip from the Partnership for Food Safety Education that applies to all food preparation, every day.

2 – If you are dying eggs to eat later, remember to use food-grade dye. (Some dye can seep into the eggs.)

3 – Keep hard-boiled eggs in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve them. If you’re hosting an egg hunt, think about the “2-hour rule”: Let eggs sit out for up to 2 hours total time, suggests the Partnership for Food Safety Education.

4 – Don’t use eggs with cracked shells in an Easter egg hunt, say the editors of Food Safety News.

5 – Hiding eggs for an Easter egg hunt? “Hide the eggs in places that are protected from dirt, pets and other potential sources of bacteria,” advises the Partnership for Food Safety Education.

6 – Or, “To minimize health risks, cook two sets of eggs—one for an Easter egg hunt or centerpiece display and the other for eating. That way, the eggs you eat can stay properly refrigerated,” suggests the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

7 – How long can you keep hard-boiled eggs? The USDA advises, “The ‘found’ Easter eggs must be washed, re-refrigerated and eaten within 7 days of cooking.”

8 – What about decorating hollow egg shells? “If you plan to hollow out egg shells by using your mouth to blow out the raw egg through holes in the shell, first wash the egg in hot water and rinse it in a solution of 1 teaspoon chlorine bleach per half cup of water.  Or use pasteurized shell eggs,” recommends Food Safety News. (We like that idea better, because Salmonella can be inside the egg.)

9 – Serving springtime feasts requires extra planning to keep cold food cold until it’s time to eat. A Seder meal planning tip from the USDA: “Serve your cold foods—the eggs and gefilte fish—straight from the refrigerator. Keep them cold by nesting dishes in beds of ice or use a series of small serving trays and replace them often.”

What’s your favorite springtime egg tradition? Consider adding your favorite egg recipe to the SafeEggs.com recipe center.