Egg Safety Tips
is a busy time for the egg industry. Hard-cooking and coloring eggs is
a common activity in most households.
food safety habits are always important when preparing, cooking, and coloring
are some general safety tips from the American Egg Board & Sauder Eggs:
- Wash your hands well with warm water and
soap before and after handling eggs at every step, including cooking, cooling,
dyeing and decoration.
- Refrigerate hard-cooked eggs whenever you
are not working with them. Put them in their cartons if you won't be
decorating them right after cooking. Refrigerate them again right after
dyeing or decorating them. Hard-cooked eggs may be stored in the refrigerator
for up to 7 days.
- Make sure the eggs you color aren't cracked.
If any crack during dyeing or decorating, throw them away. Also throw
away any eggs that have been out of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours.
- Use food coloring or specially-made, food-grade
egg dyes. Dissolve the dye in water that is warmer than the eggs.
Be sure the label says non-toxic on any crayons, pens, paints, or other art
materials you use. Or use edible decorations like herbs. (You can use
any art materials you like if you are not going to eat the eggs).
more ideas for decorating eggs, go the Kids
& Family Page on the AEB website.
cooking instructions for hard-cooked eggs, see the Recipe
Page on the AEB website for basic preparation.
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