Easter is quickly approaching and many households will be continuing long-standing traditions of hard boiling eggs, coloring them and hosting egg hunts and egg rolls.
To prepare for holiday feasts and celebrations, the Ohio egg experts are providing consumers a step-by-step process to cook perfect hard-boiled eggs:
- Step one: As consumers are looking to purchase their fresh Ohio eggs, make sure to open the carton to ensure no eggs cracked while transported to the local grocery store.
- Step two: Store eggs in the refrigerator at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or colder until ready to use; note: eggs can be safely stored in the carton in the refrigerator for up to four weeks.
- Step three: Prepare to hard boil eggs. Place eggs in a saucepan large enough to hold them in a single layer with enough cold water to cover the eggs by one inch. Heat over high heat until the water is boiling and then remove the saucepan from the heat. Cover the pan and let eggs stand in hot water for 15 minutes (for large eggs), 12 minutes (for medium eggs) or 18 minutes (for extra large eggs). Remove the eggs from the hot water and run them under cold water or set them in a bowl of ice water. For a video demonstration on how to hard-boil eggs, featuring Jim Chakeres, click here.
- Step four: Before coloring the eggs, they should be completely cooled and kept in the refrigerator until ready for use. Prepare a table or area for eggs to be dyed and ensure the decorating materials are food-safe.
- Step five: Prepare color dye baths and then color the eggs. (Dye recipe: for each dye bath, combine ½ cup boiling water with one teaspoon of white vinegar and 10 drops of food coloring)
- Step six: Decorated eggs can be hidden and on display for up to two hours, otherwise the eggs need to be kept in the refrigerator. If hiding decorated eggs, put them where they will not come into contact with pets, other animals or birds or lawn chemicals. If un-cracked and stored in the refrigerator in their shell, hard-boiled eggs can be safely consumed within seven days.
And, there’s a good chance your Easter eggs are from an Ohio egg farm! Ohio is ranked second in egg farming nationally, producing more than 9 billion eggs each year.
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