Coloring and hiding eggs for an Egg hunt is a traditional Easter Activity. To make sure you have a safe and happy Easter, follow these guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture.
- Use only food grade dye for coloring and decorating eggs.
- Consider using plastic eggs for an Easter Egg hunt. Using real eggs could be risky, as the shells could crack during the hunt, making it easier for bacteria to enter and contaminate the egg inside. Also real eggs should only remain in unrefrigerated conditions for two hours.
- Take eggs straight home from the grocery store and refrigerate them right away. Check to be sure your refrigerator is set at 40°F or below.
- Store the eggs in their carton and in the coldest part of the refrigerator – not on the door.
- Any colored hard boiled eggs or dishes prepared from hard boiled eggs such as deviled eggs or egg salad, should be consumed within 3 to 4 days.
Eggs coloring tips
For kids and adults
Australian Magazine Notebook shows you how to dye Easter Eggs using food coloring and how to create polkas dots and stripes on your eggs. Another simple and cool ways to get wacky stripes on your eggs, wrap a rubber band around the eggs several times (be gentle so as not to crack the shell) drop it in the dye for 20 minutes and take it out. Quick and easy stripes!
Real Simple shows you how to hard boil an egg and suggestions for storing your eggs in order to make them last longer. You can also find plenty of creative ways to use your Easter Eggs in recipes and dishes.
GoodHouseKeeping.com has tons of egg decorating ideas including using leaves and other nature patterns on eggs and using paper punches to create pretty patterns.
Australian Magazine Notebook has an excellent tutorial on their website on how to make cool and sophisticated, hand -painted eggs
The Martha Stewart Show will show you how to dye eggs with lacy patterns on them. Pretty.
Make sure your refrigerator is cooling correctly in order to safely store your eggs. Keeps your refrigerator cooling correctly with APWagner.com’s Refrigerator Repair Guide. Buy any needed refrigerator parts online and do the repair yourself and save.