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April 5, 2010 at 9:15 AM

With Easter eggs it boils down to this: be safe — not sorry

Eater Jim Johnson wrote with this query: “Can you tell me how many days it is safe to eat a hard-boiled Easter egg after it has been cooked?” — something I’ve often wondered myself. Here’s the answer I got this morning from the nice folks at the American Egg Board, seconded by the pro on the other end of the helpful hotline at the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, whose Website has plenty to say about eggs and food safety. You may keep hard-boiled eggs for one week, refrigerated. Unrefrigerated, they must be eaten within two hours. In both cases, that time frame begins once the boiled eggs reach room temperature.

Boil, dye, refrigerate — if you want to eat ’em later.

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