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Keep eggs safe and delicious

Do you have any egg-buying tips?

Purchase eggs from a refrigerated case. Buy eggs before the "sell by" or expiration date on the carton, and always open the carton to make sure all dozen eggs are un-cracked.

How can I tell if an egg is raw or hardboiled?

To see if an egg is raw or cooked, give it a spin! A cooked egg will spin easily because it is cooked through inside; a liquid egg will wobble.

How should I store eggs to keep them as fresh as possible?

Eggs should be refrigerated as soon as possible after purchase. Store the eggs large-end up in the carton they come in to block out odors. Store the carton in the coldest part of the refrigerator rather than the door.

How long do eggs keep?

Eggs used within a week of purchase will have the best flavor and cooking quality. Hard-cooked eggs should be refrigerated no longer than one week. Egg dishes like deviled eggs and egg salad should be used within three to four days.

Is it safe to use eggs with cracks?

Bacteria can enter eggs through cracks, so check your eggs at the store before your choose your dozen. If eggs break on the way home, break them into a clean container and cook within two days. If eggs crack during hard cooking, they are safe.

How do I hard-cook eggs?

To make hard-cooked eggs, place clean eggs in a single layer in a saucepan. Because fresher eggs are harder to peel, older eggs make better candidates for hard-cooking. Add enough water to come at least 1 inch above eggs. Cover and bring to a boil. Turn off heat, letting eggs stand and cook for 15 minutes. Run cold water over the eggs and refrigerate.

How can I make sure my Easter eggs are safe to eat after the hunt?

Keep the eggs in the refrigerator until just before the hunt. Avoid hiding cracked eggs, which are easier for bacteria to contaminate. Choose hiding places free from dirt, pets and other bacteria. Eggs should be out of the fridge no more than two hours. When the temperature is 85 degrees or higher, eggs should be out the refrigerator for less than 30 minutes.

Deviled Eggs with Prosciutto

3 slices prosciutto

6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and cut in half

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 teaspoon mustard

1 tablespoon pickle relish

Salt and pepper

On a cookie sheet lined with foil, bake slices of prosciutto in a 350-degree oven for about 15 to 20 minutes, until crisp. Break each slice into big pieces. In a small mixing bowl combine egg yolks with mayonnaise, mustard, pickle relish, salt and pepper. Adjust seasoning to taste. Spoon mixture back into the egg whites. Garnish each with a piece of the crispy prosciutto. If you're making the eggs ahead of time, garnish before serving for easier storage. It's like bacon and eggs all in one great bite.

Source: Karen Pryslopski, St. Petersburg Times

Keep eggs safe and delicious 04/09/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 9, 2009 11:41am]
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