Easter egg safety tips

THE BALTIMORE EVENING SUN

To many people, spring means Easter and that means eggs. Here are some safety tips for those planning to dye Easter eggs:

* If you hard-cook eggs that are at least a week old, you will find them easier to peel after they are cooked.

* Be sure to refrigerate eggs you plan to dye as much as possible between cooking, cooling, dyeing and hiding. Do not eat cracked eggs or ones that have been out of the refrigerator for more than two hours.

* If you plan to use the decorated eggs as a decoration and they will be unrefrigerated for several days, cook extra eggs for eating and discard the display eggs.

* Use food coloring or specially made food-grade egg dyes dissolved in water that is warmer than the eggs. Washing eggs in a mild detergent helps remove their oily coating so that color adheres more evenly.

* When hiding eggs, be sure to avoid places where eggs could come in contact with pets, wild animals, birds, reptiles, insects or lawn chemicals.

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