How to Store Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard boiled eggs are an immensely popular food and one of the great things about them is that you can make a whole batch at once. They cook quickly and easily, and they are a highly nutritious food that is popular with kids and adults alike.

If you want to make boiled eggs in advance and then store them properly, you’ll be wondering about the best ways to do it. While it’s not surprising to learn that hard boiled eggs need to be kept in the fridge, you may be wondering how long you can keep them for and how you can tell when they are no longer edible.

We are going to cover all of those things to ensure you get hard boiled eggs you can truly enjoy, time and time again!

First, if you’re wondering why hard boiled eggs often smell a lot worse than they taste, JessicaGavin explains that the yolks release iron when being cooked, and the whites expel sulfur and hydrogen. The combination makes hydrogen sulfide which, to put it mildly, stinks!

How to Store Hard Boiled Eggs

How To Store Hard Boiled Eggs Properly

You must not keep hard boiled eggs at room temperature for long. If you’re taking them on a picnic with you, they should survive a little transportation time, but they should still be kept as cool as possible for the duration of the trip, and then consumed promptly. Room temperature cooked eggs are vulnerable to bacteria and could make you ill.

When you have finished cooking your eggs, it is standard practice to plunge them into cold water, and then refresh this water and allow them to sit in cold water for a few minutes. This helps the eggs to cool, making them easier to peel, but it also means you can put them into the fridge more quickly.

Boiled eggs take quite some time to cool down to the center, and you shouldn’t put hot food in the fridge, but once the eggs have cooled, put them straight in there. You do not need to peel them first.

In fact, they will keep much better if you leave the shells on in the fridge. The shell still protects the inside of the egg from bacteria and mold, and also prevents them from drying out.

If you have already peeled them, that’s fine; you can cover them with a damp paper towel to keep them fresher. However, they will need to be eaten more quickly than eggs with intact shells.

One of the challenges of leaving the shells on is that a boiled egg looks the same as a raw egg, and almost every household has run into amusing incidents as a result of this.

You can get around it by marking boiled eggs with crosses, or you could buy a NadoNado ND-EG32 Egg Holder, which has two drawers. Simply dedicate one to boiled eggs and the other to raw, solving the problem!

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Alternatively, put your marked eggs in a Totally Kitchen Plastic Egg Holder, or color code a number of the cups for boiled eggs only using a marker pen. This should prevent any mix-ups, provided you can get the family to adhere to the system!

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How Long Can Hard Boiled Eggs Be Stored For?

Most hard boiled eggs can be stored for about a week in the fridge, but you should reduce that time if they get left out for several hours or more. While they won’t become instantly inedible if stored at room temperature, you are constantly increasing the chances of them turning into breeding grounds for bacteria.

Most people recommend putting them back in the original carton or placing them in an airtight container. Remember that eggshells are porous and do permit air to flow through them, so even with the shell on, the eggs are not sealed.

You may find that peeled eggs become rubbery after a few days in the fridge. While still safe to eat, this is not particularly appetizing, so you should try and use them up quickly before this happens. A damp cloth can help to avoid it, but if left too long, may result in mold.

You should keep all hard boiled eggs inside the fridge, rather than in the door, to reduce the changes in temperature, especially if you open the fridge a lot.

Hard boiled eggs can be frozen, but it’s not recommended as it spoils the texture and often makes them watery.

How to Store Hard Boiled Eggs

How To Tell If Hard Boiled Eggs Are Not Safe To Eat

These are one food where you can’t depend on the smell for an answer (necessarily). As mentioned, even fresh eggs can release an unpleasant odor when they are cooked. However, this should disperse after a few hours, whereas the smell of rotten eggs will continue.

It’s best to mark shells with the cooking date so you know how old they are, but if you forget or you’re feeling doubtful, inspect the shells. Any sign of chalkiness or sliminess means that the eggs are no longer good to eat.

If you’re still unsure, you can peel the eggs and take a look. If the white feels slimy or it is showing signs of blue or green mold, discard the eggs and wash the container and your hands. However, the yolk being dark green or blue-ish in color on its exterior isn’t a sign of mold; it just means the egg got over-cooked.

Mistakes To Avoid When Storing Hard Boiled Eggs

  • Don’t eat eggs you aren’t sure about; they can carry a lot of bacteria and food-borne illnesses and could make you very unwell.
  • Don’t peel your eggs before you’re ready to eat them if you can avoid it.
  • Don’t leave hard boiled eggs at room temperature for extended periods; put them in the fridge or store them with a cold pack if you’re traveling.

Keep Your Hard Boiled Eggs Fresh

Hard boiled eggs are undoubtedly a great, versatile, and nutritious food, and they are easy to eat while on the go as well as at home. However, if you are going to make them in advance, ensure you have space to store them in the fridge, and mark them so that they are easy to distinguish from the raw ones!