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Homemade egg salad. Chicken Salad. Tuna Salad. They’re basically staples down here in the south. We eat them at picnics, cookouts, parties, bridal showers, and baby showers. They even make for a quick weeknight meal and are a great lunch option too!
A cool, creamy delicious egg salad sandwich is perfect on a hot summer day. Serve it on your favorite bread or a croissant or as a dip with celery, carrot, or cucumber sticks. It doesn’t matter. It’s delicious any way you serve it.
If you’re like me, when you cook, you prefer to cook in big batches and eat leftovers or freeze the extra for later. But is this an option with egg salad?
In today’s article, well explore your best options for leftover egg salad. We’ll let you know if you can freeze egg salad and how long your egg salad will last in the fridge.
What Is Egg Salad?
Basic egg salad ingredients in the south typically consist of chilled chopped hard-boiled eggs mixed with mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper. Sometimes a little lemon juice or vinegar and some onion are added as well.
Everyone has their “signature” versions of egg salad which may contain sweet or dill pickle chips, onion, celery, chives, hot sauce, jalapeno pepper, avocado, bacon, or even curry powder. I like to add a little paprika to mine. Not smoked paprika, just regular old paprika.
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- What To Serve With Chicken Salad
Can You Freeze Egg Salad?
Yes, you can safely freeze egg salad for up to a month but be prepared for changes in the texture and quality of your egg salad. For example, hard-boiled eggs get tough and rubbery once frozen, and mayonnaise often separates, so your egg salad will not be the same once thawed.
How Long Does Egg Salad Last In The Freezer?
I don’t recommend freezing egg salad due to the quality degradation but try to thaw and consume it within one month if you try freezing it.
How To Freeze Egg Salad?
If you insist on freezing egg salad, freeze it just like you would chicken salad.
Step by Step Instructions
- Place the leftover egg salad in a freezer-safe, air-tight container (my go-to brand) or plastic zip-top bag.
- Remove as much air as possible and seal the container/bag completely.
- Use within 1 month (use a black sharpie to date the bag or a freezer label/sharpie to label your container).
Tip: If you’re using a plastic bag, write the date on the bag before adding your egg salad. Sharpies don’t work as well when the bag gets condensation on it. 🙂
How To Thaw Egg Salad
ONLY thaw egg salad in the refrigerator. Bateria grow the fasted between 40° F and 140°F, and the last thing you want is to eat bad eggs. Never thaw egg salad on the counter.
How Long Does Egg Salad Last In The Refrigerator?
When properly stored at a temperature less than 40°F, egg salad has a shelf-life of up to about 5 days in the refrigerator. If you’re unsure whether or not your fridge is holding at a proper temp, grab yourself an inexpensive thermometer.
How To Store Egg Salad In The Refrigerator
When storing egg salad in the fridge, you want to be sure to keep bacteria from forming on the egg salad, and you want to ensure it doesn’t pick up any odors from your refrigerator.
Step by Step Instructions To Maximize Quality and Shelf-Life
- Place your egg salad into an airtight container.
- Ensure your container is sealed completely.
- Store the egg salad in the main compartment of the fridge, where it’s cooler.
- Use within 3 to 5 days unless the egg salad develops an odor or you see color changes.
How To Tell If Egg Salad Is Bad?
When dealing with leftovers, you always want to look at them and smell them before you taste them.
If your egg salad has developed an odor or “off” smell or experiences color changes, don’t eat it. Avoid the temptation to taste it. Throw it out immediately.
I’m a firm believer in reducing food waste but remember, a trip to the doctor or emergency room will cost you a whole lot more than a little egg salad. So don’t risk eating it if you think it may have spoiled.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Freeze Hard Boiled Eggs For Egg Salad?
No, hard-boiled eggs get tough, rubbery, and chewy once frozen. Therefore, I would not recommend freezing hard-boiled eggs.
How Long Can Egg Salad Be Left Out Of The Refrigerator?
Because bacteria grow the fastest at temperatures between 40°F and 140°F, egg salad should be kept cold in the fridge until you’re ready to eat it, if at all possible.
Per the USDA, eggs left out of the refrigerator at temperatures above 90°F should be thrown away after 1 hour. For below 90°F, toss eggs if they’ve been out of the fridge for more than 2 hours.
Therefore, egg salad should not be left at room temperature for more than two hours unless the temperature exceeds 90°F, then it should not be left out at room temperature for more than one hour.
How To Prevent Runny Egg Salad?
There are a lot of reasons for runny egg salad. But, most often, it is because too much mayonnaise or mustard was used for the number of eggs used.
A runny egg salad could also be due to your use of vegetables like celery or onions releasing their water. Or, maybe you used too much relish.
Using the wrong mayonnaise could also be the cause of runny egg salad.
Low-fat, lite, and reduced-fat mayonnaises often have water listed as the first ingredient rather than oil.
What Can You Do With Leftover Egg Salad?
There is so much you can do with egg salad.
- serve it on a bed of lettuce
- make egg salad sandwiches on a flaky croissant with bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes
- use it as a dip for raw veggies like celery, carrots, or cucumbers
- serve it up on a tortilla with bacon
- mix it into some pasta
Final Thoughts From Cost-Effective Kitchen
Whether you’re new to the kitchen or an old pro, egg salad is a simple, cost-effective dish you can serve your family. It’s made with only pantry staples and will last up to 5 days in the fridge if stored properly. So egg salad is perfect for those busy weekday nights when you need something quick but want to avoid takeout.
While reducing food waste and eating all of what we buy helps you maintain an affordable kitchen, never risk serving bad egg salad. Remember, a trip to the emergency room will cost you more in the long run.
If you have additional questions about egg salad or other optional ingredients, feel free to contact me! I’m here to help!
Until next time…