Health Tip: Enjoy Hard-Boiled Eggs Safely

Information about cooking and storing them

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(HealthDay News) -- Hard-boiled eggs are a delectable treat, but make sure you prepare and store them properly.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advises:

  • Cook hard-boiled eggs by bringing them to a boil, then cover and turn off heat and allow them to sit for 15 minutes. Then cool in a bowl of ice water.
  • Never leave eggs out of the refrigerator for longer than two hours.
  • Buy eggs before the sell-by date and use them within three-to-five weeks of purchase. Eat hard-boiled eggs within a week of boiling.
  • If you see a green ring around the yolk after hard-boiling, the egg is OK to eat. It's just a sign that the egg was cooked a bit too long.

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