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How long do hard boiled eggs last?

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?

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  1. 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...) :-)

    1. 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. 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

          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!

        2. 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

            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. 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: huiray

                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.....

            1. 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.

              1. 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.