When it comes to food, Easter is one of those holidays that gets less attention than Thanksgiving and Christmas, but it’s still a celebration that brings together family and friends around a table of seasonal treats.
Of course, it’s no secret that eggs are at the forefront of this annual celebration and colouring Easter eggs is a tradition in many households. While hard cooking eggs may seem like a simple task, sometimes it’s tough to get the inside just right while ensuring that the eggs are safe to eat.
The first hint here is that the eggs need to be hard cooked, not hard boiled as many people think. This means that the water needs to come to a full boil, but the pot is then removed from the heat so the eggs cook gently in the water instead of boiling vigorously. The result is tender eggs instead of their rubbery counterparts. This method also helps to minimize cracking, which later helps to prevent dye and bacteria from getting past the shell and onto the edible parts of the egg.
If you’ve found in the past that your hard cooked Easter eggs are just as hard to peel, it could be because they’re too fresh. To avoid this, we suggest purchasing and refrigerating the eggs a week before you plan to cook them so that the membrane has time to separate from the shell.
If you plan to decorate your hard cooked eggs in celebration of Easter, and later eat them, be sure to use food grade dye. And if you plan to host an Easter egg hunt, don’t hide any eggs that may have cracked in the cooking process, lest outside dirt gets in. You might consider hiding plastic eggs for the hunt instead.
While hard cooked eggs can be hidden for a fun, Easter morning hunt, the eggs shouldn’t be out of the fridge for longer than two hours; and once found, should be placed back in the fridge until they’re ready to be eaten.
Hard cooked eggs can be stored in the fridge for up to one week. If that’s not long enough for you to eat them individually, then consider using several eggs in egg salad sandwiches or a protein-rich cobb salad.
Happy Easter – be safe and have fun! Check out our other blog posts for more dinner and party time ideas.