Easter Sunday is right around the corner. This week many families will be coloring and decorating real eggs and filling fake ones for Easter egg hunts.  Plastic eggs can be recycled for next year’s festivities, but real eggs require a lot more attention to how we handle them.

To prevent food-borne illness from spoiling your holiday fun, be sure to follow proper food safety.  Here’s how to keep your eggs safe and enjoyable for the entire week.

  • Do not purchase your eggs months in advance. Fresh shell eggs can be stored in their carton, in the refrigerator and should be used within 3 weeks for the best quality.


  • Once purchased, refrigerate promptly to 40°F or below


  • Refrigeration is necessary for hard boiled eggs if the eggs are not to be consumed within a few hours.  Refrigerated eggs should not be left out more than 2 hours


  • It is preferable not to peel your eggs until you are ready to eat or use in your recipe. Hard-cooked eggs in the shell can be refrigerated up to one week.


  • Peeled hard boiled eggs should be eaten that day.


  • SAFETY NOTE: It is not safe to leave hard boiled eggs (including those in their shell) out at room temperature for long. If you plan on having an Easter egg hunt, it is best to use artificial eggs filled with kid approved coins,  toys and treats.

For more information on Food Safety visit www.homefoodsafety.org

Happy Easter!

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