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Apr 1, 2008 10:35 AM

How long are hard-boiled eggs good for?

Specifically, I'm wondering if my Easter eggs are still good for eating. They were cooked the day before Easter, so we're looking at 10 days right now.

Should I toss them? (My four year old had one for breakfast this morning. She's still alive but now I'm feeling guilty).


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  1. Were they used for an egg hunt or table decoration? If so, how long were they not refrigerated? Most food safety sources indicate they should not be unrefrigerated for more than 2 hours. Sources also suggest a week as the extent of keeping them in the fridge. That said, there will probably be many voices feeling that they are fine. Myself, especially if feeding the very old or young, prefer to err on the conservative side. I'd pitch them - eggs are cheap and intestinal issues are not my prefered way of passing time!

    1. I ate a hard boiled Easter egg today too, so don't feel guilty. :) But yeah, I just looked it up myself and it looks like the consensus is to throw out after 1 week.

      1. I've eaten boiled eggs 2 wks out before and have never experienced any side effect, but then, I probably wouldn't feed children or the elderly those eggs.

        1. OK, ya'll convinced me, I threw them out.

          (and my daughter seems no worse for wear, btw :)


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