Play It Safe When Coloring Eggs

Coloring Easter eggs is one of the most popular holiday traditions in northeastern Pennsylvania. For the young and old who enjoy dyeing eggs with store-bought kits to the more adventurous who make time-honored Ukrainian Pysanky eggs from scratch, the tradition is a great source of family pride for some and a lot of fun for all. It’s easy to get lost in the spirit of this activity, especially when everyone is looking for a sure sign of spring to distract them from unseasonal snow of late. But it’s important not to get so carried away that you forget about food safety. Easter wouldn’t be too much fun if one or more of your family members became ill.

Kraft offers these Easter egg safety tips:

  • Keep fresh eggs refrigerated until it’s time to cook them.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before handling eggs at every step of the process: cooking, cooling, dyeing and hiding. Egg shells are porous and let bacteria penetrate, especially after cooking.
  • Cook the eggs until both the yolk and white are firm, not runny.
  • Refrigerate hard-cooked eggs in their cartons until ready to dye them. Do not eat hard-cooked eggs that have been out of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours (1 hour in temperatures 90° or higher).
  • Don’t color or hide eggs with cracked shells.
  • Use only food coloring or food-grade egg dyes to color eggs. Refrigerate eggs in their cartons immediately after dyeing.
  • When hiding eggs, avoid areas where they could come in contact with dirt, pets, insects, wild animals, birds, reptiles or lawn chemicals. Never hide cracked eggs.
  • Total time for hiding and hunting eggs should not exceed 2 hours (1 hour in temperatures 90° or higher). Refrigerate eggs immediately after they are found.
  • If you wish to use dyed hard-cooked eggs as a centerpiece or other decoration, cook extra eggs just for this purpose and discard them after use.

The attorneys and staff of Powell Law wish all of you and your families a very happy Easter.

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