Egg Safety: 9 Things You Need to Know Before You Start Decorating Easter Eggs
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:

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets/safe-food-handling/kitchen-companion-your-safe-food-handbook/ct_index

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.
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33 Comments

  • Kristina Posted March 15, 2017 10:46 pm

    Hi my name is Kristina I got a elf

  • Darcy Koch Posted March 31, 2017 3:15 am

    Good post. I recall that as a child I would get a hard boiled colored egg in my basket every year. And it stayed in my basket for days. So unhealthy.

    • Kathy Wright Posted March 31, 2017 4:58 pm

      Oh goodness! No sick Bunnies! No sick Children! Thanks for your comments!

  • Deborah Shows Posted March 31, 2017 11:15 pm

    Awesome post loved it

    • Kathy Wright Posted April 1, 2017 12:02 am

      Glad you liked it! More fun, less food poisoning! Always a good plan!

  • Judy Cox Posted March 31, 2017 11:34 pm

    This is a great and informative post. I love coloring eggs.

    • Kathy Wright Posted April 1, 2017 12:03 am

      Thanks! And Hoppy Easter!!!

  • nicole deardorf Posted April 1, 2017 4:36 am

    I didn’t know how long you could keep hard boiled eggs for, so that was really helpful. Thank you.

    • Kathy Wright Posted April 1, 2017 1:19 pm

      Safety first! Then frolic!

  • Mary Cummings Posted April 1, 2017 5:03 am

    Thanks for all the egg safety tips! Happy Easter!!!

    • Kathy Wright Posted April 1, 2017 1:18 pm

      Indeed and Hoppy Easter to you!

  • Amber Ludwig Posted April 1, 2017 1:14 pm

    Oooh I havent heard of a lot of these!! Thanks so so much for sharing!! I am a stickler for food safety but oddly never considered the eggs since they were cooked lol!! Silly me!! Thankfully we hide fake ones 😉

    • Kathy Wright Posted April 1, 2017 1:17 pm

      Always glad to help! #hoppyeaster #eatmorecarrots 🙂

  • Melvin Golden Posted April 1, 2017 2:07 pm

    Thanks for the Safety Tips .Never knew have the stuff.

    • Kathy Wright Posted April 1, 2017 2:09 pm

      A wise Bunny once said “Better safe than sorry…”

  • Vickie Kulp Posted April 2, 2017 2:01 am

    Good tips. I always check the eggs in the carton before buying.

  • Lula Ruger Posted April 4, 2017 1:13 am

    Great info !I did not know about the 2 hour rule

  • natalie nichols Posted April 4, 2017 11:50 pm

    Huh. I never knew about the 2-hour rule. That’s definitely something I’ve been missing.

    • Kathy Wright Posted April 5, 2017 12:48 am

      Glad to help!

  • Darla Peduzzi Posted April 6, 2017 6:04 pm

    Great information! I didn’t know about the 2 hour rule. I don’t usually let eggs set out, but it’s good to know.

    • Kathy Wright Posted April 6, 2017 6:09 pm

      Yes. In many countries, they don’t refrigerate eggs at all! But once they have been refrigerated, it is best to just keep them refrigerated! Thanks for your comment! and #eatmorecarrots

  • Pamela Smith Posted April 8, 2017 12:47 pm

    Thanks for all the tips to keep anyone from getting sick this Easter!

    • Kathy Wright Posted April 8, 2017 7:15 pm

      The one that surprised me was not keeping them in the little dairy compartment on the refrigerator door! Who designs these things?!!… Because most people figure they are there for a reason… Right?

  • gloria patterson Posted April 8, 2017 10:40 pm

    lots of information that we already know BUT it is always good to remind ourself of safety

    • Kathy Wright Posted April 8, 2017 11:25 pm

      Well, some of us already know. But we find it best not to make assumptions, just to be safe. Happy Easter!

  • Andrea Posted April 9, 2017 4:17 am

    Thank you and happy Easter

  • Diane Sabatini Posted April 9, 2017 9:30 am

    Good to know, thanks. I always put out eggs for a recipe but didn’t know about the 2 hour rule, thanks.

  • Dynal Roberson Posted April 9, 2017 2:33 pm

    Thanks for all the tips, this will certainly come in handy this year.

  • Lisa Coomer Queen Posted April 9, 2017 4:14 pm

    This was really helpful. Thank you for all the tips.

    • Kathy Wright Posted April 9, 2017 7:51 pm

      absolutely!

  • Donna B Posted April 9, 2017 10:09 pm

    Interesting article. One that needs to be out there. Thanks

  • Zoey P Posted April 11, 2017 4:53 am

    Good tips

    • Kathy Wright Posted April 11, 2017 1:05 pm

      Wink!

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