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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

EGGS — COOKED, HARD BOILED

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Tips
  • The precise answer to the question “How long do hard boiled eggs last?” depends to a large extent on storage conditions — always refrigerate within two hours of cooking.
  • To maximize the shelf life of hard boiled eggs, refrigerate in covered airtight containers or a resealable plastic bag.
  • How long do hard boiled eggs last in the freezer? Whole, hard boiled eggs do not freeze well; the whites will become tough and rubbery.
  • The cooked egg yolks of hard boiled eggs may be successfully frozen as follows: (1) Place yolks in covered airtight container or heavy-duty freezer bag; (2) Freeze yolks up to for 3 months for best quality.
  • How long do hard boiled eggs last at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; hard boiled eggs should be discarded if left for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • How to tell if hard boiled eggs are bad? The best way is to smell and look at the eggs; discard any discolored eggs or eggs with an off smell or appearance, do not taste the eggs first.
  • To make the peeling of hard boiled eggs easier: Buy eggs at least 7 to 10 days before using them and peel eggs right after they've been cooked and cooled.

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