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Can You Eat Dyed Easter Eggs?

A basket holds colorful Easter eggs.
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Easter is nearly here, and if you celebrate, you’re likely gearing up for egg hunts and brunches this weekend. Let’s be honest, though, we don’t want to waste good eggs with groceries costing what they do at the moment.

Can you eat dyed eggs used for Easter? The answer is yes, but you have to take certain steps to ensure they remain good for consumption. Otherwise, no eggs for you.

First, if you’ve dyed eggs and they have been sitting out at room temperature for two hours or more, you can’t eat them. If you do want to snack on a boiled egg, be sure that whether they’re in a centerpiece or used for a hunt, they fall under two hours from their last time being refrigerated.

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As for the dye, you should only use ones that are made with food-grade dye. Avoid using any hacks or fun dyeing tricks if you plan to eat the eggs (though we do have some fun methods to try if you don’t want to eat them). Toss any eggs that have cracked and use the float test to determine if your eggs are still good.

Not so keen on potentially wasting eggs this year? Don’t worry. There are lots of other Easter dyeing fun you can have, too.

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