Easter Egg Safety
Everyone loves decorating Easter eggs and watching kids dressed in their Sunday best hunt for them in the yard. To make sure your family's holiday is healthy, follow these pointers from Hilary Shallo Thesmar, director of the Egg Safety Center:
- Keep your hands clean. Wash them between cooking, cooling, dyeing, and decorating.
- Make sure the decorating materials you use are food safe. The packaging should say so.
- Adhere to the two-hour rule. "This is the longest that eggs can be kept out of the refrigerator," says Shallo Thesmar.
- Dye the eggs in water that's warmer than the eggs. Otherwise, the egg will absorb water and dye.
- If you hide eggs outdoors, choose locations where pets, birds, or other animals can't get to them. You should also make sure the eggs don't come into contact with lawn chemicals. Another solution: Shallo Thesmar suggests making one set for eating and another set for hiding.
- After you've found all the hidden eggs, throw out any that have cracks. And don't forget to discard those that have been at room temperature for more than two hours.