What to do with leftover Easter eggs
Now that the Easter holiday is coming to a close, what do you do with dozens of brightly colored leftover hardboiled eggs?
While the family may quickly get tired of post-Easter meals consisting of a simply sliced hardboiled eggs, there are many more creative uses available. The Egg Safety Center (ESC) recommends the following ways to put the decorated eggs to good use:
• Add chopped eggs to a green or spinach salad.
• Top crispy, buttered toast with sliced eggs.
• Fold halved eggs into a curry sauce and serve over rice.
• Add quartered eggs to a white sauce and serve over toast.
• Add chopped eggs to potato, macaroni, ham, or tuna salad.
• Place whole, peeled eggs in a container in the refrigerator with either beet juice or strong tea. After a couple of days, the eggs will turn pink from the beets, or golden from the tea.
One factor that should be considered, however, when using leftover eggs is food safety. All foods have the ability to carry microorganisms or toxins that can potentially cause illness. If microorganisms or toxins are introduced to food or if bacteria are allowed to grow in or on food, foodborne illness can result. According to ESC, the following are tips to avoid a sour stomach:
• If your eggs have only been out of the refrigerator for a few hours, they are safe to consume. However, if they’ve been rolling around in the back yard for a day it’s best to discard them. One thing you can do is refrigerate the newly-colored eggs after the kids go to sleep the night before Easter, then hide the eggs early in the morning so that they stay at a cooler temperature.
• Always discard cracked or dirty eggs.
• Hardboiled Easter eggs can be safely stored in the refrigerator for 7-10 days, if they were not out of the refrigerator for more than a few hours.
• Discard all egg leftovers that have been refrigerated more than three days.
For more interesting uses for leftover easter eggs, or to learn about egg food safety, visit http://www.eggsafety.org.
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