Hard-boiled eggs are eggs most probably from a chicken prepared by boiling the eggs at high temperatures. They are cooked until the yolk and white solidify completely. Hard-boiled eggs are a powerhouse of nutrition and an easy to make snack for everyday use.
Unfortunately, boiled eggs go bad and have a shorter shelf life than fresh eggs because cooked things go bad faster. The hard-boiled eggs hardly last for 5 to 6 hours if placed at room temperature. They can last a little longer if placed in the refrigerator. And for the best quality, store them in the fridge without peeling.
How to store hard-boiled eggs?
Hard-boiled eggs are a perfect topping for different kinds of salads. They can also be eaten with a pinch of black pepper and salt. Despite being a delicious snack, they go bad fast. We can prevent this by storing them properly so that they can last a little longer.
It is recommended to store the hard-boiled eggs with their shell on. This makes them prevent the bacteria for a longer time. To keep the hard-boiled eggs properly, we can follow apt measures:
In the refrigerator
When it comes to storing eggs, the answer is always refrigerator. A refrigerator is important to keep the hard-boiled eggs from spoiling. It increases the shelf life of eggs too. But the place to store the eggs should be the main body of the refrigerator.
Make sure to store the eggs in an airtight jar or container. Putting the eggs openly is not recommended because the air allows the bacteria to grow even in the refrigerator. So, put them in an airtight container.
Soaking the eggs in water
If you boil eggs in bulk and accidentally peel them all, you must be more careful while storing them. You cannot just put the peeled, boiled eggs in the refrigerator openly because there is no shell on them to protect them.
To store peeled hard-boiled eggs, you have to soak the boiled eggs in chilled water inside the container. Then cover the lid of the box tightly so that no air goes inside. Don’t forget to change the water daily. This method will also increase the shelf life of hard-boiled eggs.
Keeping the eggs in a damp cloth
It is a method to store the eggs if you do not want to refrigerate them. To keep the temperature constant, soak the eggs in chilled water right after boiling and then save the eggs in a damp cloth or towel. You can keep the eggs in the cloth or towel for a maximum of 2 days.
Can you freeze hard-boiled eggs?
Freezing the eggs is not a good idea as freezing changes the texture of the egg white. The soft white part of the egg turns rubbery, but the yolk remains the same. Technically, we can freeze eggs, but it is not recommended.
However, we can freeze the hard-boiled eggs if we want to do some décor or topping for salads and other various dishes. You can easily cut the frozen egg into different shapes and sizes for décor. Make sure to freeze the eggs by putting them in an airtight container or freezer bags.
How long do hard-boiled eggs last?
The shelf life of hard-boiled eggs is quite short. The lifetime of the eggs depends on storage conditions. Also, it depends on whether the eggs are with or without shell because the unpeeled eggs last longer than the peeled ones.
The unpeeled egg lasts for a week inside the refrigerator if it is kept in proper containers. This is because the egg has its layer of a shell that keeps it protected. Also, the container protects the egg from bacteria, etc. In contrast, at room temperature, and unpeeled egg lasts for 6 hours.
When it comes to a peeled egg, it lasts for 5 to 6 days inside the refrigerator and 2 to 3 hours at room temperature. It has a slightly less life span than the unpeeled egg. This is because it has no shell that protects it from going bad. That why it is recommended to peel the egg just before using it.
How to tell if hard-boiled eggs are bad?
If the hard-boiled eggs have gone bad, you cannot bear their smell. They smell really bad and gross. Following are the signs that show that it is time to waste your eggs:
- If the eggs smell bad, i.e., they smell like sulfur or any bad smell, throw your eggs away because they have gone bad.
- If you see any discoloration in the egg, stop using it immediately.
- Cut the egg in two halves and check if there is any unusual thing. If you found one, then waste your egg.
- Do not use a hard-boiled egg if it is kept in the refrigerator for more than a week.