With the warmer summer weather come a lot of outdoor activities which often also involve outdoor meals. When planning your BBQs and picnics this summer, don’t forget to follow these important rules for storing food to ensure that it maintains its quality and is safe to eat.

• Eggshells are porous, so they take on odors and flavors. Avoid storing them next to other items that have strong smells.
• If you need hard-boiled eggs (such as for deviled eggs) older ones will be much easier to peel than fresher eggs.
• Always wash hands, utensils, and work areas with hot, soapy water before and after using raw eggs.
• Don’t keep eggs out of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours.
• Serve cooked eggs or dishes containing eggs immediately after cooking. Cool and refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours. Use leftovers within 3 to 4 days.

We hope you have a wonderful safe summer and enjoy some egg-celent meals using these tips.