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How Long Are Hard Boiled Eggs Good For
The question “How Long Are Hard Boiled Eggs Good For” is one of the most common questions we get asked by users. If you enjoy eating eggs or if eggs make up a major part of your diet then you want to make them last for as long as possible. We do tend to get this question asked a lot from people on certain protein rich diets such as paleo and also those who people who want to save money on their grocery shopping by making the most of sales.
When you get raw eggs from the grocery store in their raw uncooked state they can easily last for between 4 to 5 weeks as long as they are stored in a refrigerator.
To ensure you keep eggs safe make sure they are purchased from a refrigerated case. As soon as you finish your shopping take them straight home and make sure you store them immediately in your the refrigerator. You should set the refrigerator to a temperature of 40 °F or just below.
By storing the eggs at a temperature of 40 Fahrenheit or below you will slow the rate of any bacteria growth ensuring the eggs are safe to eat. If you have an older refrigerator that does not come with a temperature gauge, then you could easily buy a cheap refrigerator thermometer (click here to see refrigerator thermometers on Amazon).
On the other hand you will find that hard boiled eggs don’t last nearly as long as raw ones. The reason behind this shorter period of time is the increased chance of having bad bacteria grow within boiled eggs. You might ask why? The short answer is that a raw egg comes with a natural protective waxy coating called cuticle that helps to prevent bad bacteria and dust entering the egg through its porous shell.
Although some of this protective coating is removed during the packing of the eggs the final nail for the cuticle coating is the boiling process during cooking. So that leaves hard boiled eggs defenseless. The USDA says “Hard-cooked eggs should be refrigerated within 2 hours of cooking and used within a week.”
How long can boiled eggs be stored?
If you decide on leaving the eggs in their shells and also refrigerating them then they will last for up to a week. If you decide on peeling the eggs before refrigerating them then they should last 3-5 days however they may absorb more flavors and smells from the fridge.
If you want to keep your boiled eggs at room temperature it is recommended that you consume them within 2 hours to prevent bacterial growth to ensure they are still safe to eat. Don’t rely on a visual inspection like looking for mold or doing a smell test.
What do you need to use to store boiled eggs?
So now that you’re ready to store your boiled eggs, what items/materials will you need to make the process work?
- Plastic Container
- Marker Pen
- Plastic Bag
The easiest way to store eggs in a refrigerator is to use a plastic container. You will also need a marker to record the date you placed the eggs into the container. You can just write the date on the egg or use some masking tape that you stick to the plastic container. (Remember the one week time frame).
To prevent any strong flavors and smells affecting the taste of the stored eggs you may want to give them an extra layer of protection using a plastic bag.
Store Eggs with the Quirky Egg Minder
If you want to use a tech solution then you might be interested in the Quirky Egg Minder. It’s a smart egg tray that syncs to a smartphone. The tray allows you to store up to 14 eggs at any time. It will alert you via your smartphone when you’re running low on eggs.
The other bonus with the Egg Minder is that next to each egg in the tray is an LED that lights up next to the oldest egg in the bunch allowing you to quickly find the oldest egg in the tray. You can see how the Quirky Egg Minder works in the following video (click here to see the Quirky Egg Minder on Amazon)
Where in the Refrigerator is best for storing eggs?
Hopefully by reading this post you now know that eggs will last longer when stored in the refrigerator. But where you put them in the fridge will affect how long they may last. Many refrigerators come with an egg tray that is located on the refrigerator door. Don’t put them in this egg tray if you want your eggs, especially raw eggs to last for as long as possible. The constant opening and closing of the door means that the temperature the eggs are exposed to will change constantly, which can result in them going bad quicker.
Your goal should be to keep the eggs at a constant temperature that you will not find at the front of the refrigerator or in the egg tray on the door. The plastic storage container or egg minder should be placed towards the rear of the refrigerator where the eggs will be exposed to a more constant temperature.
- If you want to make eggs last longer then you need to refrigerate them as soon as you get them.
- Set the refrigerator to 40 °F or just below.
- Use the egg freshness float test to find out if raw eggs that you have refrigerated are still fresh enough to eat.
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