By Bunny Scout 739
So Easter is coming. And what about the eggs you say?
Well, you know that Bunnies love the whole egg decorating thing. But what you might not know, is that Bunnies are also very concerned about food safety and proper egg preparation!
We Bunnies have amassed a vast wealth of knowledge over the years and continue to update our research regularly. From this accumulated data, we have determined that there are 9 facts relevant to the human handling of eggs that would be most beneficial to share with you in order to promote food safety in humans.
These tips regarding human consumption and safe storage of eggs are outlined here. Please take the time to review these suggestions before we get to far into egg handling so that we can ensure everyone stays healthy for the fabulous forthcoming Easter Season!
1. Always check the eggs in the store before you purchase them. If any of the eggs are cracked, return the carton to the shelf and select another carton.
2. Refrigerate Eggs. When shopping, take eggs straight home and store them in their original carton in the refrigerator.
3. Always Follow the 2-Hour Rule: Never allow eggs to be unrefrigerated for more than 2 hours.
4. If any eggs crack on the way home from the store, break them into a clean container, cover tightly, refrigerate, and use within 2 days.
5. Always place eggs in the coldest part of the refrigerator — surprisingly, this is not in the door even though just about every refrigerator has an egg and dairy compartment on the door! We don’t know why things are designed this way as the eggs are exposed to warmer air every time the door is opened if kept here.
6. Keep Easter/Decorated Eggs Refrigerated! Even with egg hunts, the 2-Hour Rule still applies — so make sure all egg hiding and hunting activities occur within this 2 hour window (1 hour if the temperature is above 90 °F), and then either eat right away or put them back in the refrigerator.
7. Storage time: In the shell, hard-boiled eggs can be refrigerated safely up to one week. Refrigerate eggs in their original carton to help prevent odor absorption. Once peeled, eggs should be eaten that day.
8. Piercing shells before cooking or boiling a slightly cracked egg is not recommended. If not sterile, the crack or needle can introduce bacteria into the egg. Also, piercing creates hairline cracks in the shell, through which bacteria can enter after cooking.
9. Never microwave eggs in shells. Steam builds up too quickly inside and eggs are likely to explode. Not only is this dangerous, but it is also a huge mess!
Now, if you have any other questions, or would like more information about the handling and preparation of eggs by humans, we suggest you consult the USDA website at:
Bunny Scout 739 is an egg and food safety research engineer at the Center forFood Safety in Animals. She has an Bunny Degree in Egg Sciences and is currently a scout for Aidan in the United Kingdom.