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How long do hard boiled eggs last?

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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?

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  1. pinehurst RE: cleobeach 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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      ferret RE: cleobeach 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. huiray RE: cleobeach 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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          cleobeach RE: huiray 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!

        2. mucho gordo RE: cleobeach 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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            huiray RE: mucho gordo 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

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            cleobeach RE: 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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              huiray RE: cleobeach Apr 4, 2012 08:23 AM

              Haha. Are mucho and I invited?

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                cleobeach RE: huiray 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. greygarious RE: JasonTTerry 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.

              1. greygarious RE: markfifton 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.

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