Surprising ways your leftover Easter eggs can save you money

Go thrift mode this Easter, and repurpose your leftover dyed eggs to make creamier soups, lighter baked goods and more. Easter eggs pose no risk of foodborne illness if you follow USDA guidelines for safe egg storage.

Just remember: Place cooked eggs in the refrigerator right after dying them. Don't eat hard-boiled eggs that have stayed at room temperature for longer than two hours. Store unpeeled leftover Easter eggs in the refrigerator for up to one week. And if the eggs were hidden outdoors, don't use them in a recipe.

With that said, click through to see how you can make the most of your leftover Easter eggs.

Boost Your Baked Goods

Egg yolks play such a prominent role in baking — emulsifying, creating steam for leavening, contributing to a lush mouthfeel — you'd think you know all they can do by now. But they still have a lesser known use: They shorten gluten strands, helping maximize tenderness in baked goods.

Like butter and vegetable shortening, cooked egg yolks disrupt the formation of the gluten network that gives breads and cakes stability. Baked goods need structure and stability tempered with a tender crumb, and cooked egg yolks help make that happen.

This technique works best for quick breads such as scones, cornbread and muffins, and light pastries. You can use one or two yolks per recipe. Simply press the egg yolks through a fine-mesh sieve with the back of a spoon to crumble them and mix them in with the dry ingredients.

Prepare a Better Pâté

Regardless of the main ingredient, all well-made pâté has something in common — creamy texture. If you can detect pieces of ground meat in pâté, it isn't smooth enough.

For extra smoothness in any pâté recipe, add one or two hard-boiled egg yolks to the main ingredient when processing. If you need an excuse to make a pâté, the Easter bunny has something special for you in a hard-boiled egg pâté recipe.

Whip 7 ounces of mascarpone or soft cream cheese until aerated, and fold in four roughly chopped, hard-boiled eggs, chives, salt and pepper to taste. Chill the pâté for 30 minutes before serving.

Pickle Them

The same subculture that resurrected penny-farthing bicycles, flannel shirts and circa 1970s Mick Jagger hair — hipsters — have made pickled eggs a "thing" again. Once a staple of saloons and pubs, pickled eggs sort of went into hiding, mainly because of restaurant health codes regarding room-temperature foods.

Today's pickled egg recipes have more of an artisanal touch, giving them a lot more uses than beer-chasing. Whatever secondary ingredients you use to flavor pickled eggs --miso and scallions, garlic and curry, and bourbon and mustard are a few ideas to get you started — or if you just want to go classic, you must use a 1-to-1 ratio of water to 5 percent vinegar, and process them in a hot-water canner to prevent bacterial growth.

Make Meatloaf 'Surprise'

Germany has a historic love for hard-boiled eggs, particularly colored Easter-style eggs — you can buy dyed eggs in Germany and bordering countries year-round. In fact, German immigrants brought the pickled-eggs-as-bar-food culture to the U.S in the mid-19th century and introduced meatloaf to Brazil, where the variation of including whole, hard-boiled eggs in the center likely started.

Hard-boiled eggs add a pleasing textural contrast to regular meatloaf and a unique aesthetic. To add eggs to meatloaf, place them in a row in the center of the ground-meat mixture as you pack it into the pan.

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Make Scotch or Mexican Eggs

Tracing food origins can prove difficult. Scotch eggs likely didn't originate in Scotland, but rather made their way there via France via North Africa during the reign of Elizabeth I. Or, they might have come to England by way of India. Or, they originated in England as a hard-boiled egg covered in fish paste. Or, they originated in Mexico as "albondigas rellenas de huevo," or egg-filled meatballs, and somehow made their way to the U.K.

Confusing in origin but tasty in conclusion, Scotch eggs are simply breaded and fried hard-boiled eggs coated with a sausage stuffing. If Scotch eggs don't really do it for you, give the lighter Mexican version a go.

Coat whole hard-boiled eggs in a quarter-inch-thick mixture of ground beef, chipotle peppers in adobo, garlic, onions, cooked rice (as a binder) and spices. For smaller portions, slice the eggs in thirds before wrapping them in the meat mixture.

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1. Clothing

Chances are that you and your loved ones have clothing that's collecting dust in a closet. If these items are gently worn, you might be able to cash in by selling them. One of the easiest ways to unload your used clothing for cash is to sell items on consignment.

I've been selling clothes through a local consignment store for years and regularly receive 50 percent of the selling price for items I unload. To earn top dollar, look for upscale consignment stores that enjoy a lot of foot traffic. Additionally, you should find out what brands and items the store accepts and make sure your clothing meets the store's standards.

You can also sell to an online reseller such as ThredUP.com, which will send you a prepaid package to ship your items. ThredUP sellers can earn up to 80 percent of the marked price of their items.

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2. Designer Shoes and Handbags

If you paid big bucks for designer shoes or a handbag that you now rarely use, you can reclaim some of your money by selling these items online. Frugal living expert Lauren Greutman said she has sold shoes through Poshmark for up to 50 percent of the retail price.

You can snap a picture of the items you want to sell using the Poshmark app and list them instantly. Poshmark will send a prepaid box to ship items that sell and take a $2.95 commission for sales less than $15 and a 20 percent commission for sales above $15.

Read: How to Sell Used Clothes Online With Sites Like Poshmark, Threadflip and Tradesy

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3. Jewelry

If you have an inherited necklace that isn't your style, or an engagement ring you no longer wear because you're divorced, you might want to consider selling these pieces for cash. Fine jewelry can be worth a lot, said Denny.

To make sure you get the full value of your jewelry, consider having items appraised beforehand. You can find an appraiser near you through the American Society of Appraisers' site, Appraisers.org, or sell online through an auction site such as eBay.com. You can also opt to sell to a jeweler or pawn shop, but it's important to seek out quotes from several stores before doing so.

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4. Computers

Many households have $400 to $800 worth of cash in the form of unused laptop computers, said Michele Perry, a consumer tech expert at electronics resale site Gazelle.com. Fortunately, sites such as Gazelle and NextWorth.com make it easy to unload these unwanted laptops for cash.

With Gazelle, sellers can request quotes for their devices. They are then sent prepaid shipping boxes.

"You just send it back with your device, and we'll send you cash," Perry said. She went on to remind sellers to erase the data on their computers prior to sending them in.

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5. Cellphones

Used cellphones are another tech item you can sell for cash — even if it's damaged.

"Most devices still have value even if they are broken or damaged, as long as they are fully functional and just have a broken screen or need to replace a battery or button," Perry said. In fact, sellers can net $75 for a broken iPhone 6S on Gazelle.com. Moreover, they can earn $185 if the item is in good condition with normal wear and tear.

Sellers can also unload old cellphones on sites like Kiiboo.com and NextWorth.com or drop their phones into one of the more than 2,000 ecoATM kiosks located in shopping malls across the nation.

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6. Gift Cards

In 2015, $973 million worth of gift cards went unused, according to the professional services firm CEB. If you have gift cards you're not planning to use, you can sell them for cash on sites such as CardCash.com, Cardpool.com, GiftCardZen.com and Raise.com.

The above sites purchase gift cards for less than face value and then resell them at a discount. For example, you can get back up to 92 percent of a card's value at Cardpool.com. You also can exchange gift cards for cash at Coinstar Exchange kiosks in grocery stores.

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7. Books

If you have books you know you'll never read again — or at all — you can easily turn them into cash by selling online. Check to see if you have any first edition books and books autographed by authors to start, said Denny of EBTH, as these items could be good sources of hidden cash.

Greutman recommended selling unwanted books on Amazon. Scan your books using the free Amazon Seller app, which tells you the current value. You can list your books with the app and price them based on Amazon's pricing suggestions, she said. It's important to note that Amazon charges 99 cents per item sold.

Additionally, sellers can unload unwanted books through Half.com, which doesn't charge a listing fee. Start by visiting sites like AbeBooks.com and Biblio.com to see what your books might be worth.

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8. Children's Toys

It's no secret that children outgrow their toys quickly. Luckily, you can make money selling your kids' unwanted toys — especially larger items such as kitchen playsets. I made about $50 on a wooden train set for which I originally paid $75 by selling it through a consignment store.

If you have several smaller toys to sell, Greutman advised requesting a box from Swap.com. You can fill it with items and then ship it back to the company for free. Earning $25 to $50 per box is not uncommon, according to Greutman.

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9. Collectible Dolls

If you inherited a collection of porcelain dolls from your grandmother, it might be time to dig them out of storage. In fact, according to Denny, people are willing to pay top dollar for collectible dolls.

Additionally, individuals whose children have old American Girl dolls might be sitting on cash cows. These toys command a high price on eBay.com, said Greutman. For example, a 2014 American Girl Doll of the Year recently had a list price of $399.99 on eBay. This listing is $285 higher than that of the current Doll of the Year sold by American Girl.

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10. Furniture

Make some extra cash by selling unwanted furniture that's occupying space in your garage, attic or storage unit. Along with selling items in consignment stores, which offer owners a percentage of the final price, individuals can opt to advertise locally on Facebook, Craigslist.org or OfferUp.

BudgetsAreSexy.com blogger J. Money has made more than $1,000 selling items on Craigslist, including furniture. When listing an item on the site, he recommended posting several pictures, providing all of the dimensions, using keywords such as brand names in your description and researching prices of similar items. Additionally, you should make yourself available by phone or email to respond to interested buyers.

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11. Musical Instruments

That guitar or drum set you bought years ago, because you thought you were going to start a band, can be turned into cash if your dreams of rockstardom never materialized. In fact, J. Money reported selling an electric guitar, amps and accessories on Craigslist for $225. You also can sell musical instruments online through sites such as Reverb.com, which charges a 3.5 percent fee on sales, or at a physical retailer such as Guitar Center.

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12. Sporting Goods

Denny said that outdoor sporting goods, such as bicycles, canoes and fishing gear, tend to sell well on EBTH. If you have sporting goods you bought for yourself or your kids, you can sell them on your own through Craigslist or OfferUp.

Additionally, you can take sports gear — such as skis, golf clubs, baseball bats, gloves and football cleats and helmets — to a Play It Again Sports store and receive 30 percent to 50 percent of the selling price.

Learn: 45 Ways to Make More Money in 2017

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13. Sports Memorabilia

If you collected baseball cards or sports jerseys as a child, you might be able to exchange these items for much-needed cash. Signed sports memorabilia, in particular, can be a big source of income.

"The more famous the player, the higher the prices demanded," Denny said. For best results, consider having your items appraised to determine how valuable they are.

You can find an appraiser through Appraisers.org or have trading cards professionally authenticated through the Professional Sports Authentication at PSACard.com. One of the best places to sell sports memorabilia is eBay, which many sports enthusiasts use to find collectibles.

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14. Antiques

If you have antiques you're willing to sell, their value will hinge largely on their condition and whether they are rare or have historical significance, Denny said.

"With antiques, small scratches and evidence of light wear and tear can actually increase the value slightly, but structural damage and other repairs can be costly and dissuade sellers," she said. "All these complicating factors are part of why it's important to work with a reputable appraiser."

The best way to secure top dollar for antiques is to sell them through an auction house, according to Consumer Reports. You can also sell to antique dealers, but be sure to get quotes from a few services before doing so. Additionally, you can sell antiques at EBTH, which offers appraisers who will value individual items or an entire estate.

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15. Artwork

Whether you have inherited artwork that isn't your taste, or pieces you purchased are collecting dust in the attic, you can opt to sell these items for cash. In fact, I've sold numerous pieces of art at consignment stores.

For fine art, consider having items appraised before selling. Regional artwork sells particularly well in EBTH sales, said Denny. You can also sell your fine art through auction houses.

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16. China Sets

If formal dining isn't your style, you can unload that china set you inherited or received as a wedding gift at a local consignment store. Denny said china is a popular item sold on EBTH — especially sets made by Spode, Lenox and modern designers, such as Ralph Lauren. Additionally, sellers can list china sets on Craigslist.

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17. Silver

If you inherited some sterling silver trays, serving spoons or other items you don't use, you might be able to earn cash selling them "as is" or for scrap.

"If the silver holds any sort of historical significance, or has any brand association, it will offer a much greater return than if you were to sell it to scrap," Denny said. However, she acknowledged that the current market for silver is a difficult one.

At the present time, buyers might get more money selling silver pieces for scrap than at a consignment store or through an auction house. For best results, secure quotes from several metals dealers — both online and storefront. 

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18. Savings Bonds

You might have received — or even purchased — savings bonds decades ago only to forget about them completely. In fact, billions of dollars' worth of matured savings bonds have never been cashed in, according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

You can use the Treasury Hunt tool at Treasuryhunt.gov to discover whether you have Series E bonds issued after 1974 that are no longer earning interest and can be cashed in. The tool can also help you identify bonds you might have lost and claim them.

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19. Appliance Parts

Small appliances that are old or broken can still have value, Greutman said. That's because you can sell their parts on eBay. For example, a used Keurig K-cup holder recently had a list price of $29.90 on eBay.

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20. Video Games

You can cash in on those video games you or your kids no longer play by selling them online or at various brick-and-mortar retailers. Sites such as uSell.com and NextWorth purchase used video games and offer free shipping. Additionally, you can sell used video games at retailers such as GameStop, which will pay cash or give you store credit to buy more hours of fun.

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Make a Sturdier Mayo

You can make quality mayo at home, but why would you want to? Homemade mayo has a tendency to break at the slightest bump or temperature change and has a shelf life of only a few days. Even fine-dining restaurants use store-bought mayo to make stable sauce bases.

Hard-boiled egg yolks remedy the stability problems that plague homemade mayo. They don't extend shelf life, so keep cooked-egg mayo in the fridge for no more than a couple of days.

To make mayo with hard-boiled eggs, boil a mixture of one uncooked egg yolk, 2 tablespoons of flour and a half cup of water for 30 seconds. Transfer it to a food processor along with two cooked yolks, 1 cup of vegetable oil and salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste. Blend everything until smooth.

Marinate Them

Marinated eggs add an extra punchiness to everything from soups to antipasto to ramen. And you have so many ways to go with the marinade — any marinade you would use for meat or fish, you can use for hard-boiled eggs, just omit the oil.

If you haven't tried marinated eggs before, give the super-simple classic Japanese version, "ajitsuke tamago," a try. For each soft-boiled egg, mix 1 tablespoon each soy sauce and mirin with 3 tablespoons of water in a bowl and add the eggs. Cover the eggs with a folded paper towel (keep the paper towel inside the bowl), and marinate the eggs in the fridge for two to 12 hours.

Pump Up Pizza

Done well, hard-boiled eggs on pizza make for a crisp, flavorful addition that complements just about any topping. First, slice the eggs crosswise into quarter-inch-thick slices and coat them in olive oil.

Bake the pizza according to the recipe or at 450 degrees Fahrenheit just until the cheese melts, about 5 minutes. Add the sliced eggs, adding a pinch of cheese on top if desired, and continue baking them pie until he crust browns.

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Pan Bagnat

Like salade nicoise, another Provencal classic, pan bagnat uses ingredients sourced from the nearby Med. In fact, pan bagnat is essentially a salade nicoise on toasted pan de champagne, a crusty French country-style bread.

To make a pan bagnat, build a sandwich using the basic salade nicoise ingredients — in-season vegetables, quality tuna, olive oil, tomatoes, basil lemon juice or vinegar — and add sliced hard-boiled eggs.

Make Mimosa Sauce

Mimosa sauce has little to do with the classic brunch mixer other than that you can probably drink a mimosa along with any food you pair with mimosa sauce. Sauteed or steamed asparagus pairs exceptionally well with mimosa sauce.

Separate the yolks from the egg whites, and chop them separately as finely as possible. Push the chopped eggs through a fine-mesh sieve with a spoon, and add them to a jar along with a classic vinaigrette and fresh herbs to taste. Shake the jar vigorously to emulsify the sauce and spoon over the asparagus.

Make Eggs Goldenrod

First published in Fannie Farmer's "The Boston Cooking School Cookbook" in 1896, eggs goldenrod's name references its resemblance to the yellow leaves of the goldenrod plant. The dish itself, a variation of the American classic creamed eggs on toast, calls for boiled eggs and makes a fitting Easter-morning breakfast.

To make four servings of eggs goldenrod, separate the yolks from the whites. Finely chop the whites and press the yolks through a fine-mesh sieve using a spoon. Next, fold the chopped egg whites into 1 cup of simmering bechamel sauce and spoon over buttered toast. Sprinkle the top of the sauce with the sieved yolks to finish.

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Create Creamier Hummus

Homemade hummus tends to feel a bit grainy on the palate no matter how long you process it. But here's a trick to make it smoother: Adding a bit of baking soda to the chickpeas helps resolve this — the baking soda helps break down the fiber in the beans, leading to a smoother final product.

Egg yolks tend to make any puree just a bit creamier, and hummus is no exception. Add one or two hard-boiled egg yolks to each batch of hummus for a richer, smoother consistency and texture.

Make Eggs Masala

The versatility of curry makes it a frugal favorite when it comes to clearing leftover vegetables from the fridge. You can use just about anything in curry, and leftover hard-boiled Easter eggs are no exception.

Eggs masala consists of a basic curry sauce — onions, coriander, garlic, ginger, ghee (optional), tomatoes and your favorite curry spice mix — served over hard-boiled eggs (chopped or halved) fried with masala spice mix.

Spruce Up Salads

Just about any salad can make good use of a hard-boiled egg. Potato, Cobb, chef, California and mixed green salads, for example, all take those straggling Easter eggs off your hands.

If you want to go with a less traditional take on egg salad, add less traditional ingredients — it's that simple. Start with a basic egg salad in a mayo-mustard or vinaigrette sauce and go wild. A few examples to get you going include smoked salmon and fried pancetta, seared tuna and black sesame seed, nicoise olives, tomatoes and peppers, and smoked chicken with toasted sunflower seeds.

Make an Easy Hollandaise

Hollandaise beats mayonnaise when it comes to instability. Like all emulsion sauces, external factors like temperature and humidity can cause a Hollandaise to break.

Unless you need a true Hollandaise to impress your guests, make a faux Hollandaise and enjoy the same flavor without the risk of demulsifying. First, press three or four egg yolks through a fine-mesh sieve using a spoon.

Next, melt a couple tablespoons of butter in a saute pan over medium heat until it foams and pour in about a half cup of stock. Whisk in 2 or 3 tablespoons of heavy cream and the egg yolks, simmer until thickened and season to taste.

For the creamiest texture, process the warm sauce in a blender until it reaches the desired smoothness.

Temper Coffee's Bitterness

Consomme, a light, delicate clarified stock, commonly calls for eggshells in the "raft," a mix of lean proteins that collect impurities and makes the final product "cleaner" tasting and less bitter. Cowboy coffee also calls for eggshells to help clarify it. But how do eggshells make coffee less bitter?

The shells' alkalinity neutralizes the coffee's acidity. So, add one or two rinsed and crushed eggshells to the coffee grounds before brewing.

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Make Silkier Sauces and Soups

Like with hummus, egg yolks make cream-based soups and sauces smoother. Puree one or two cooked egg yolks from your leftover Easter eggs into any sauce that needs a kick of creaminess.

Take into account the slight change in color and taste egg yolks contribute before adding. You might have to add a little more cream to balance the color and flavor.

Clean the Kitchen

Want to make your own DIY house cleaner? Leftover Easter-egg shells make an effective abrasive for removing the food debris on all those pots and pans you used while making dishes with the leftover Easter eggs. Crush the eggshells and use them in combination with dish soap to scrape away burned-in fats and caramelized bits of food.

To make an eggshell cleaner for porcelain surfaces like bathroom sinks, grind the shells in a coffee grinder to a fine powder and add just enough water to moisten them.

Clean Kitchen Drains

To clean out your kitchen drain, use more eggshells. Crush the shells to a coarse texture, and add them to the kitchen sink strainer. The shells act as a filter. As they break down, they help clean the pipes.

Make Green Eggs and Ham

Like the Grump in Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham," this playful culinary take on the classic book might delight your little ones.

Peel the leftover eggs, and dye them green using food-grade green dye. Slice the eggs and serve alongside a few slices of quality, thick-cut fried Virginia ham.

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This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com: Surprising Ways Your Leftover Easter Eggs Can Save You Money

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