With the warm weather approaching, more gatherings, picnics, and barbeques are also on the horizon. Sounds great, but the jump in temperature can increase the risk when it comes to the safety of perishable foods, like eggs, especially when meals are kept and served outdoors.
Why not use the change in season to brush-up on your food safety skills, because nobody wants to end the perfect pool party with tummy troubles!
Here are a few tips to make sure your eggs are always the life of the party:
- Location! Location! Location!
Eggs are perishable and should always be stored in their original carton in the main body (not the door!) of the refrigerator. This will ensure the eggs are kept at a cool, consistent temperature. The carton protects the eggs from absorbing strong from your fridge and also keeps the best before date handy.
- Keep it clean!
Always wash hands, work areas, utensils and equipment with hot, soapy water before, during and after food preparation – even when reusing for other egg dishes.
- Timing matters
Eggs and egg dishes should not be kept at room temperature for more than two hours and if that time has been exceeded, they should be thrown in the garbage.
- Best Before
The date stamped on the end of the egg carton, called the “Best Before” date, indicates the length of time your eggs will maintain their Grade A quality and freshness. Eggs close to their Best Before date should be used in thoroughly cooked egg dishes. Sounds like a great excuse for Devilled Eggs!
No matter what you are serving, by keeping things fresh, cool and clean, you will be sure to enjoy delicious foods, safely.