Apparently Easter is more dangerous than we thought. Here are five Easter egg safety tips we found online that you might not know about . . .
- Don’t drop them in boiling water. It can splash up and burn you, so you’re actually supposed to put the eggs in the pot first . . . fill it with cold water . . . and bring it to a boil. Then turn the stove off, and let them sit in the hot water for 12 minutes.
- Don’t dye an egg if it cracks while you’re boiling it. You can still eat it, but cracks let bacteria in. So you shouldn’t dye it or handle it too much before you do. And definitely don’t use it for an Easter egg hunt unless you just plan on throwing it out.
- Once you boil the eggs, keep them in the refrigerator. Hard-boiled eggs actually spoil faster than raw eggs do, because they lose their protective coating. Then bacteria can get in through tiny pores in the shell and make you sick.
- Don’t use real eggs if you’re doing an Easter egg hunt outside. They can pick up bacteria from the dirt and grass, and also from animal droppings. So if you’re hiding eggs in your backyard, use the fake plastic ones.
- Don’t wait too long to eat them. Hard-boiled eggs stay fresh for about a week if you keep them in the fridge. But they can go bad in a few hours if you let them sit out. And once you peel an egg, you should eat it that day.