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How long do hard boiled eggs last?

cleobeach Mar 30, 2012 06:32 AM

We are doing Easter eggs this weekend and I suspect our son will want to do A LOT of eggs. What is the general rule of thumb on how long hard boiled eggs keep?

  1. greygarious Apr 1, 2013 02:40 PM

    I would not think the dye matters, but cracks sure do. For an unusual, easy, pretty, and tasty use, google Jacques Pepin's recipe for Les Oeufs Jeannette.

    1. greygarious Apr 17, 2012 07:35 PM

      They get slimy and stinky within a couple of days if they have been peeled. Ditto if peeled and submerged in water in a covered container. It's always puzzled me that directions for hard-cooked egg making never mention the difference in storage time, and always include instructions to peel as soon as cooked/cooled. Seems to me that keeping them unpeeled is very common practice but seldom addressed.

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        cleobeach Apr 4, 2012 06:10 AM

        Turns out my 6yo is a hard boiled egg eating machine, he peeled and ate 3 last night after dinner.

        Now I am craving deviled eggs, might be doing more Easter Eggs this weekend....

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        1. re: cleobeach
          huiray Apr 4, 2012 08:23 AM

          Haha. Are mucho and I invited?

          1. re: huiray
            cleobeach Apr 4, 2012 08:37 AM

            Deviled eggs would probably be the perfect food for a "cooking" party!

            I rarely make them because, as much as I love them, I find it to be a chore.

            I'll provide the wine.....

        2. mucho gordo Apr 3, 2012 09:19 AM

          Depends on how many are made. Deviled, I can go through a half dozen in as many minutes.

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          1. re: mucho gordo
            huiray Apr 3, 2012 01:44 PM

            I'll volunteer to help. :-) Between the two of us the OP might not be able to feed us *enough* deviled eggs from all her leftover hard-boiled eggs! :-D

          2. huiray Apr 3, 2012 06:18 AM

            Pickle them.

            Enjoy for months.

            Maybe even years, if one believes the stories about that big jar of 'em on the end of the counter in this ancient and smoke-stained bar. :-)

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            1. re: huiray
              cleobeach Apr 3, 2012 06:37 AM

              Good idea, my husband adores pickled eggs.

              Those jars were in every fire hall and bar where I grew up. Even as a kid, they grossed me out!

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              ferret Mar 30, 2012 11:16 AM

              You could always go the old-fashioned "hollow egg" decorating route (pinhole at one end, slightly larger hole at the other and "blow out" innards, seal holes with wax).

              1. pinehurst Mar 30, 2012 10:17 AM

                I am not a health clinician but I say 5-7 days at the VERY longest, but they are best (to my mind) only for a few days after cooking--think of hard boiled Easter eggs as any cooked food (in a very pretty package though...) :-)

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