How long can you store hard boiled eggs? What is the best practice to store them? How long are they good for?
Hard boiled eggs are a very nutritious and versatile ingredient. You can eat them simply as eggs, or you can use them in many different recipes, egg salad being probably the most popular.
So the question is obvious. Can you hard boil eggs ahead of time and store them? What if you cook more than needed? How long can you store them? What are best practices to store hard boiled eggs?
How Long Can You Store Hard Boiled Eggs
According to the FDA, you can safely store hard boiled eggs in the fridge for up to 1 week. Read the linked article for more information on egg safety.
There is no need to worry about salmonella or other bacteria if they are prepared and stored properly. Cook eggs until both the yolk and the white are firm, i.e. do not store soft boiled eggs. Store them right after cooking in a clean refrigerator at a temperature of 40° F (5° C) or below.
Hard boiled eggs are good for 1 week either in the shell or peeled.
Tips On Storing Hard Boiled Eggs
One thing is food safety, and another one is whether you can enjoy your food after one week. Simply put, hard boiled eggs are much more yummy when fresh. But if you have to store them, here are a couple of tips:
- Store hard boiled eggs right after cooking in a clean fridge.
- If stored in their shells, no need for any special container. Chilled hard boiled eggs are very easy to peel by the way.
- If you peel them before storing, make sure to put them in an airtight plastic container or Ziploc bag. This way they won’t absorb any unpleasant odors from the fridge.
- Use your stored eggs chilled in a recipe like egg salad. Let them come up to room temperature if you eat them as eggs.