Lent begins Wednesday and the Easter season is almost upon us. If you have kids, here's a question for you.

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Can you eat dyed eggs after your Easter hunt is done?

The short answer is yes, you can eat hard-boiled eggs that have been dyed, according to The Daily Meal.

As long as you use food-safe dyes or food coloring in your decorating, the coloring itself will pose no health risks. If you are treating your dyed eggs just like normal hard-boiled eggs, putting them in the fridge after dyeing and then using them for egg salad, you’re good to go.

Hard-boiled eggs stay fresh in the shell for about a week in the fridge, so make sure you eat them within that time frame.

But if you are hiding and hunting for those dyed Easter eggs and don’t want to come down with a case of food poisoning, some basic precautions should be put in place.

First, make sure that you wash your hands before dying your eggs. The Egg Safety Center recommends refrigerating your hard-boiled eggs if you don’t plan on dyeing them right away, and discarding any eggs that develop cracks before, during or after the hunt. You should also make sure to discard any eggs that have been left unrefrigerated for more than two hours.

Because eggs that have been boiled are more porous than ones that aren’t, it’s easier for bacteria to enter. So if the eggs have spent any time outside on the ground, it’s recommended that you throw them away as well.

In short, there’s nothing inherently dangerous about eating dyed Easter eggs, as long as you use an edible dye and treat them as you would any other hard-boiled egg you intend to eat.

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