Easter Egg Safety

— Written By Jeannie Leonard and last updated by
en Español / em Português

El inglés es el idioma de control de esta página. En la medida en que haya algún conflicto entre la traducción al inglés y la traducción, el inglés prevalece.

Al hacer clic en el enlace de traducción se activa un servicio de traducción gratuito para convertir la página al español. Al igual que con cualquier traducción por Internet, la conversión no es sensible al contexto y puede que no traduzca el texto en su significado original. NC State Extension no garantiza la exactitud del texto traducido. Por favor, tenga en cuenta que algunas aplicaciones y/o servicios pueden no funcionar como se espera cuando se traducen.


Inglês é o idioma de controle desta página. Na medida que haja algum conflito entre o texto original em Inglês e a tradução, o Inglês prevalece.

Ao clicar no link de tradução, um serviço gratuito de tradução será ativado para converter a página para o Português. Como em qualquer tradução pela internet, a conversão não é sensivel ao contexto e pode não ocorrer a tradução para o significado orginal. O serviço de Extensão da Carolina do Norte (NC State Extension) não garante a exatidão do texto traduzido. Por favor, observe que algumas funções ou serviços podem não funcionar como esperado após a tradução.


English is the controlling language of this page. To the extent there is any conflict between the English text and the translation, English controls.

Clicking on the translation link activates a free translation service to convert the page to Spanish. As with any Internet translation, the conversion is not context-sensitive and may not translate the text to its original meaning. NC State Extension does not guarantee the accuracy of the translated text. Please note that some applications and/or services may not function as expected when translated.

Collapse ▲

For many families, an Easter Day celebration just would not be complete without the traditional Easter egg hunt. Preparing for the hunt can be a fun-filled, family-friendly activity.

But remember, eggs are food, not toys. They must be handled carefully. To enjoy the safest possible holiday, please keep the following tips in mind when preparing Easter eggs.

Buying & Storing

  • Only purchase eggs from a refrigerated case.
  • Always inspect the eggs carefully before purchasing. Eggs with cracked or broken shells should be discarded.
  • Only store eggs in their original containers. They will stay fresher longer. Fresh eggs with undamaged shells can be kept refrigerated for months.

(Note: For best quality, use eggs within three weeks.)


  • Remember for safety reasons; always wash your hands before preparing food.
  • For the perfect hard boiled eggs, follow these steps:
  1. Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan and fill with water until one inch of water covers the


  1. Cover the pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Turn off the heat and remove the pan from the burner.
  3. Let eggs stand, covered, for 15 minutes.
  4. Cool eggs quickly in ice water.

(Note: To ensure the safest possible eggs, do not leave cooked eggs at room temperature for longer than four hours.)


  • For best results, eggs should be room temperature or below when dyeing.
  • Do not color eggs with cracked shells.
  • If the eggs are to be eaten, use food coloring or food-grade dye when dyeing eggs.
  • Refrigerate eggs promptly after dyeing and until they are to be hidden.


  • Keep eggs away from pets, wild animals, insects, or pesticides and other chemicals.
  • Refrigerate eggs promptly after the hunt.
  • Do not eat eggs with cracked or broken shells.
  • Use cooked eggs within one week.