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EGGS - COOKED, HARD BOILED

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  • How long do hard boiled eggs last in the fridge? The exact answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - refrigerate hard boiled eggs within two hours of cooking.
  • To maximize the shelf life of hard boiled eggs for safety and quality, refrigerate the hard boiled eggs in shallow airtight containers or resealable plastic bags or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
  • Properly stored, hard boiled eggs will last one week in the refrigerator.
  • How long can hard boiled eggs be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40°F and 140°F; hard boiled eggs should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • Can you freeze hard boiled eggs? Whole, hard boiled eggs do not freeze well; the whites will become tough and rubbery.
  • You can freeze the cooked egg yolks of hard boiled eggs successfully as follows: (1) Place cooked yolks in covered airtight container or heavy-duty freezer bag; (2) Freeze yolks up to for 3 months for best quality.
  • 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.
  • The easiest way to peel hard boiled eggs: 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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