Egg-tastic Safety Tips from UNL Douglas/Sarpy County Extension

April 17th, 2014 by Live Well Omaha Kids

Written by Courtney Brewer, Live Well Omaha Kids
Content courtesy of the UNL Douglas/Sarpy County Extension and the NE Department of Agriculture, Poultry & Egg Division

Easter is a great time to get your fill of hard-boiled eggs — which means eggs for breakfast, eggs for lunch and… well, you probably avoid eating them at dinner so you don’t overdose!

With the handling of eggs, there are a couple tips you need to remember when you’re decorating, cooking or hiding them:  

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with hot soapy water and rinse well before handling eggs when cooking, cooling, dyeing and hiding them.
  • Inspect eggs before purchasing them, making sure they are not dirty or cracked. Dangerous bacteria may enter a cracked egg.
  • Store eggs in their original cartons in the refrigerator.
  • If you’re having an Easter egg hunt, pick hiding places carefully. Avoid areas where the eggs might come into contact with pets, wild animals, birds, reptiles, insects or lawn chemicals.
  • Make sure you find all the eggs you’ve hidden. Discard cracked eggs.
  •  Do not eat eggs that have been out of refrigeration more than two hours. Refrigerate hard-cooked eggs in their shells and use them within 1 week.

Also, if you’re like me, there’s nothing that’s a bigger turn-off than that green ring around the yolk of your hard-boiled egg. While it’s harmless, it’s still a little unappetizing… and you know as well as I do that you do NOT want to give your kids any reason NOT to eat something healthy, like a good ‘ole hard boiled egg. The discoloration results from a reaction between sulfur in the egg white and iron in the yolk. It occurs when eggs have been cooked for too long or at too high a temperature.

Here’s some tips to avoid the green ring:

  1. Place eggs in saucepan large enough to hold them in a single layer.
  2. Add cold water to cover the eggs by 1 inch.
  3. Heat over high just to boiling.
  4. Remove from the burner and cover the pan.
  5. Let eggs stand in the hot water for about 12 minutes.
  6. Drain and cool completely by running them under cold water or in a bowl of ice water.
  7. Refrigerate.

Head over to our Healthy Easter Ideas Pinterest board to check out some other great Easter tips, including lots of great non-candy ideas for filling Easter baskets and fun activities to keep your kids moving this holiday! Enjoy your time together this weekend as a family. Have a happy and healthy Easter from your friends at Live Well Omaha Kids!

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