How Long Do Easter Eggs Last?

April 3, 2013 — By


Hard boiled eggs can be fun to eat and even more fun to decorate, but it is wise to avoid keeping them around for too long.  If the Easter Bunny left those eggs out at room temperature for more than 2 hours, it’s best to sneak them into the compost when wee ones are looking the other way.  For eggs that made it safety back into the fridge after receiving their colorful jackets, you can keep and use them them safely for about a week.

In addition to the safe storage, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) offers these tips for avoiding salmonella poisoning from eggs:

1. Like other foods, keep eggs refrigerated at ≤40° F (≤4° C) at all times. Buy eggs only from stores or other suppliers that keep them refrigerated.

2. Discard cracked or dirty eggs.

3. Wash hands and all food contact surface areas (counter tops, utensils, dishes, and cutting boards) with soap and water after contact with raw eggs. Then disinfect the food contact surfaces using a sanitizing agent, such as bleach, following label instructions.

4. Eggs should be thoroughly cooked until both the yolk and white are firm. Recipes containing eggs mixed with other foods should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F (71°C).

5. Eat eggs promptly after cooking. Do not keep eggs warm or at room temperature for more than 2 hours.

6. Refrigerate unused or leftover egg-containing foods promptly.

7. Avoid restaurant dishes made with raw or lightly cooked, unpasteurized eggs. Restaurants should use pasteurized eggs in any recipe (such as Hollandaise sauce or Caesar salad dressing) that would result in consumption of raw or lightly cooked eggs.

8. Consumption of raw or undercooked eggs should be avoided, especially by young children, elderly persons, and persons with weakened immune systems or debilitating illness.

9. Consumers can consider buying and using pasteurized shell eggs, which are available for purchase from certain stores and suppliers.

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  1. Dusty Arnaudet says:

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