Blowing out easter eggs - beware, salmonella danger!

Blowing out easter eggs - beware, salmonella danger!

Easter without colorful eggs? This is inconceivable for most families with children. The blowing out and painting of the raw eggs is simply part of Easter for them. However, you should also follow a few hygiene rules in this tradition, otherwise serious diseases threatened by Salmonella. In the following guide, we give tips on how to avoid unpleasant surprises when blowing out easter eggs.

Blowing out raw eggs - is there a health risk?

If you blow out raw eggs at Easter, you should know that the salmonella is harmful to your health Everything is located on the shell of the eggs. Inside the eggs, they rarely occur. If eggs are blown out with the mouth, the Salmonella can be taken up and lead to an infection. It is characterized by severe diarrhea, which is often associated with headache and vomiting.

Children under the age of five, the sick and the elderly are at particular risk. A so-called salmonellosis can be more severe and in some cases even fatal.

Although the number of reported Salmonella infections in Germany has been declining for several years, nevertheless over ten thousand people still suffer from salmonellosis per year. The number of unreported cases is probably many times higher.

Blowing out eggs without salmonella danger - how it works

The risk of contracting salmonellosis can be reduced by simply blowing out clean and fresh eggs. First wash the eggs with lukewarm water and detergent. Then you can blow out the eggs and proceed as follows:

  1. Drill with a big needle or a nail on the tip and at the blunt end a hole in the egg. Gently enlarge the hole at the blunt end.
  2. Hold the egg over a bowl and blow through the thinner hole with a blower from the craft shop or with a straw until yolk and egg whites end up in the bowl. Do not touch the eggs with your mouth to avoid salmonella infection.
  3. Clean the egg from the inside by dipping it in a bowl of warm water and detergent. As soon as water gets into the egg, hold both holes, shake it and then blow out the water again. Repeat this process until the egg is clean from the inside.

The needles or nails used to pierce the eggs should then be thoroughly cleaned.

Before painting the eggs, they must dry completely. For example, put it on the heater overnight.

Wash your hands thoroughly after flushing to remove any salmonella.

How to spot fresh eggs

When you buy eggs, you should take one Look at the best before date. The farther it gets in the future, the fresher the eggs are.

Fresh raw eggs can be recognized by the fact that they remain lying on the floor in a glass filled with cold water, while old eggs float above. The eggs contain an air chamber that grows larger the older the egg is.

Eggs that have exceeded the best before date can usually be eaten well cooked for a few days if properly stored.


Blowing and dyeing Easter eggs is a popular tradition. However, some hygiene measures should be followed to prevent salmonella infection. Ideally you should not touch the eggs with your mouth, but use a straw or bellows.

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