How long do boiled eggs last in the fridge?

In this brief article we will answer the question, “How long do boiled eggs last in the fridge?” We will also explain how you can possibly tell that hard boiled eggs have spoiled. We will discuss how to properly store them and what to do with any leftovers of hard boiled eggs. We will finally briefly discuss how to store hard-boiled eggs in vinegar.

How long do boiled eggs last in the fridge?

Hard boiled eggs that are properly stored can last for 7 days in the fridge. Keeping hard boiled eggs at room temperature is not safe as they will end up getting spoiled in a few hours usually 2 to 3 hours according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

You should therefore ensure that you refrigerate hard boiled eggs within 2 hours of preparing them. It’s also recommended that you preserve your hard boiled eggs in an airtight container or in a carton.

You might notice an undesirable gassy smell in your fridge when you preserve hard-boiled eggs because of the hydrogen sulfide that is created when eggs are boiled. This should not worry you as it is natural and safe and it will dissipate within a few hours.

Also, ensure that you do not freeze your hard-boiled eggs because this will result in both the egg white and the egg yolk turning watery and tough and will make your eggs much less enjoyable.

You should also peel the shell off the hard boiled eggs as this assists in making them store properly and ensures a better quality as well as guaranteeing a better shelf life. 

Once you have peeled your hard boiled eggs ensure that you store them in an airtight container along with a damp paper towel so as to prevent them from drying out. You should still store them in  a refrigerator so as to elongate the shelf life.

How can you tell if a hard boiled egg is still good enough for consumption?

The tell-tale sign if hard boiled eggs have spoiled is usually the smell. Spoiled hard boiled eggs mostly contain bacteria and can put you at risk of food borne infections as they can contain pathogens such as salmonella which makes it important to be able to know if hard boiled eggs have spoiled.

You should be able to note if your hard boiled eggs have a foul smell. If you notice that they have a sulfur like smell or have a rotten smell you should be able to tell that they have gone bad and immediately discard them.

If you also happen to not be too sure if they are spoiled, don’t take any chances and just sicard them, because it’s better safe than sorry.

How can I properly store hard-boiled eggs?

As earlier mentioned, ensure that you properly store hard-boiled eggs in the refrigerator at temperatures of 40 degrees Fahrenheit and below, just take precaution not to freeze them. Store them in an airtight and covered food container.

If you intend on taking them with you for consumption such as on a trip or picnic, place them in an insulated cooler or put them in frozen gel packs for longer keeping. To ensure maximum freshness of your hard boiled eggs, peel your hard boiled eggs until you need to consume or prepare tem

What can you do with leftover hard-boiled eggs?

Left-over hard boiled eggs are excellent for some snacks or as side-ons for lunch. You can have them as an egg salad sandwich and another great way to utilize your easter eggs is by preparing a giant platter using your eggs recipes for your Easter brunch.

Is it safe to preserve your hard boiled eggs in vinegar?

If you happen to have a lot of hard-boiled eggs that you cannot possibly consume within 7 days then there’s a simple solution to store them. You can pickle your hard boiled eggs. 

If you have peeled and pickled your hard boiled eggs they can last for about 3 to 4 months when refrigerated and they can be a sumptuous snack. 

To pickle hard-boiled eggs, simple place them in a heat-proof and sealable glass jar and throw in ingredients such as garlic, dill or just both if you prefer. Grab some white vinegar and bring it to a boil together with some pickling spices and flavors of choice such as black pepper, cloves, a dash of salt and sugar.

Once the vinegar comes to a boil, sprinkle it all over the eggs and seal the jar, allow it to cool down to room temperature and then refrigerate your hard boiled eggs.

You can learn some facts about hard-boiled eggs here.

Conclusion

In this brief article we have answered the question, “How long do boiled eggs last in the fridge?” We have also explained how you can possibly tell hard boiled eggs have spoiled. We have discussed how to properly store them and what to do with any leftovers of hard boiled eggs. We have finally briefly discussed how to store hard-boiled eggs in vinegar.

Citations

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/cooking/a32020400/how-long-do-hard-boiled-eggs-last/

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