How long can I keep left over hard boiled eggs?

Crab Salad-Stuffed Eggs

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Preparing the egg and crab salad with Greek-style yogurt instead of mayonnaise cuts back on the fat and calories. Serve on a bed of butter lettuce leaves with thinly sliced radishes for a simple and elegant presentation.Click here to learn how to make perfect hard-cooked eggs.Click here to watch how to make deviled eggs. Recipe: Crab Salad-Stuffed Eggs

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Refrigerate leftover hard-cooked eggs in the shell within two hours of cooking them and they should keep well for over one to one and a half weeks. It's best to place them in a container or plastic bag so they don't absorb refrigerator smells and flavors.

If the egg is peeled it won't last as long—keep it no more than 3-5 days, and be sure to wrap it well in plastic wrap and/or store it in a heavy duty plastic bag or container with a lid. See our collection of Egg Recipes if you're looking for ways to use up all your hard-cooked eggs.

Recipe: Crab Salad-Stuffed Eggs

Marge Perry
Apr, 2011

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