Use safety guidelines with Easter eggs this holiday

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If you are dyeing eggs for Easter this week, keep your eggs safe for eating by following these steps.

Wash your hands with soap and warm water before and after handling eggs.

Keep eggs refrigerated until use. Discard any cracked or dirty eggs.

To hard-cook eggs for dyeing, place a single layer of eggs in a saucepan. Add water to at least one-inch above the eggs. Cover the pan, bring the water to a boil and remove pan from heat. Let the eggs stand: 18 minutes for extra-large, 15 minutes for large, 12 minutes for medium. Immediately run cold water over the eggs until they are cool enough to handle. Place in an uncovered container in the refrigerator to dry.

Use food-grade dyes for dyeing — commercial egg dyes, liquid food coloring or fruit-drink powders.

Handle eggs carefully. After dyeing, return eggs to the refrigerator within two hours.

When hiding eggs for a hunt, choose hiding places that are protected from dirt, moisture, pets and other possible sources of bacteria.

Do not leave eggs out of the refrigerator more than two hours.

Eggs found after an Easter egg hunt should be washed and either eaten returned to the refrigerator within two hours. Use hard-cooked eggs within a week of cooking.

Source: Partnership for Food Safety Education.  Eggs-tra Care for Spring Celebrations, http://www.fightbac.org/safe-food-handling/safety-in-all-seasons/130

Cooking with herbs

We will have a special program on cooking with herbs Tuesday evening, April 22 at the Extension office.

Cooking with herbs is an excellent way to enhance the flavors of ordinary foods without adding extra fat or sodium.

Experimentation with different combinations of herbs will enable you to use less salt and experience unique flavors.

Herbs are not meant to replace the flavor of the food, but to enhance natural flavors.

Join us as Patty Poor, Grant County Extension agent for family and consumer sciences, teaches this program at 6 p.m. This is an Extension Homemakers “Learn with Us!” lesson, but interested residents are invited. Call the Extension office at (502) 732-7030 if you can, so we have enough materials. 

Learn about ‘glamping’

At 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 29 join us to learn about “glamping” or, simply, glamorous camping. 

Leave your tents and sleeping bags at home: there’s a new type of camping that promises adventure and fun while not having to pitch a tent or camp. 

“Glamping,” short for “glamorous camping,” is the fast growing trend that allows you to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors while residing inside a luxurious accommodation. Guests get to feel close to nature and enjoy all the same outdoor activities like hiking, horseback riding, and kayaking, but at the end of the day fall asleep in a luxury heated tent.

Whether it’s a family vacation or a romantic get-away for two, glamping is a great way to relax and have fun while still outdoors, even right here in Kentucky. Call the Extension office we have enough materials for you.

Date of interest

April 17: Diabetes Support Group, 10 a.m-noon, Extension office. 

April 22: Cooking with Herbs, 6 p.m., Extension office.


Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to gangotti@uky.edu.