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Have you ever wondered what causes the green ring around the yolk of a hard-cooked egg or how to stop egg whites from slipping around when traveling? If so, I’ve got the answer to these and many other deviled egg food storage and safety questions. So let’s get started, shall we?
Deviled eggs (often called stuffed eggs) are a delicious way to dress up your weeknight meals. Usually reserved for holidays and get-togethers, these little bites of joy are a perfect make-ahead side dish for busy weeknights!
In this article, we’ll answer the question, “How long do deviled eggs last?” and how to store and travel with them and tell if they’ve gone bad. I’ll also answer a few other frequently asked questions about these creamy, delicious little bites!
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How Long Do Deviled Eggs Last?
Because a deviled egg usually contains many of the same ingredients as egg salad, FoodSafety.Gov recommends consuming deviled eggs within 3 to 4 days when stored properly in the refrigerator at 40°F or below.
How To Store Them In The Fridge
Deviled eggs should always be stored in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap in the coldest part of the refrigerator, at or below the USDA’s recommended temperature at or below 40°F. This will ensure the yolk filling keeps its soft texture while maintaining a consistent pale yellow color and doesn’t pick up foul odors from the fridge.
While the coldest part of the refrigerator will vary by model, the warmest part is always in the door. Air temperatures fluctuate dramatically in the doors of the fridge. This is due to the doors being opened and closed multiple times a day. Therefore, never store eggs in the doors. Improper storage can affect how long eggs last.
Why You Should Store Deviled Eggs At Or Below 40°F
According to the USDA, bacteria grow more quickly between the temperatures of 40°F and 140°F. This range is known as the “Danger Zone” and should be avoided.
There are two kinds of bacteria you need to be concerned with regarding food safety.
The first kind of bacteria is pathogenic bacteria. These bacteria are the ones that can make you sick. They grow most quickly in the temperature “danger zone.” They are the sneaky ones because they usually don’t affect the food’s look, smell, or taste.
The second kind of bacteria you need to know is spoilage bacteria. These are the ones that make produce turn slimy or mushy and rot. Spoilage bacteria deter you from eating the food and would likely not make you sick if you ate the produce. So, be sure your finished deviled eggs are properly handled and stored.
Safely Transport Deviled Eggs
If you travel with deviled eggs, you must keep those slippery curved whites from sliding around when traveling to their destination. The solution is simple. Invest in an inexpensive carrier. You won’t regret it!
How Long Can Deviled Eggs Be Left Out?
Ideally, you want to keep deviled eggs refrigerated until you’re ready to eat them, but that doesn’t always happen, especially at holiday gatherings and parties.
So, don’t leave your deviled eggs out for longer than 1 hour if the temperature is 90°F or above, and 2 hours if the temperature is below 90°F.
Always err on the side of caution and toss any deviled egg you believe may have spoiled or eggs that have been left out for more than two hours. Never risk getting your family or friends sick.
Remember, you’ll spend more time and money going to the emergency room than you would spend remaking the deviled eggs!
How Do you Know If Deviled Eggs Are Bad?
When dealing with leftovers, you should always remember that deviled eggs are usually good to eat within 3 to 4 days when properly stored. However, it is possible for eggs to spoil before the 3 to 4 days are up.
So it’s best to rely on your sense of sight and smell before relying on your sense of taste. This applies to the egg filling as well as the egg whites. What I mean by this is that you should make sure your stuffed eggs look good and smell good before you taste them.
You should toss deviled eggs if they have an unpleasant odor or visible mold. They also need to be thrown out if the color of the dish changes or if they taste bad.
As with other foods, unpleasant or “off” odors, color changes or mold, and an “off-putting” taste are all signs you have spoiled eggs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Causes The Green Ring Around The Yolk Of Hard-Cooked Eggs?
The green ring around the yolks of the hard-boiled eggs occurs when hydrogen in the egg white combines with sulfur in the yolk. It usually happens because eggs are cooked too long or at too high of a temperature, but it can also occur from excess iron in the cooking water. Although unsightly, the green rings around the egg yolks are harmless and safe to eat.
Pro Tip: Avoid the green ring by always starting with cold water when boiling eggs and putting them in an ice-water bath as soon as they are done.
Can You Freeze Deviled Eggs?
Yes, you can freeze deviled eggs. But you don’t want to. Trust me on this. Hard-boiled eggs get tough and chewy once frozen. And no one wants to eat rubbery eggs. But if you insist on freezing, make sure they are stored in a freezer-safe, airtight container and used within 1 to 2 months. And then thaw them in the fridge and never on the counter.
How Long Do Hard Boiled Eggs Last?
Whether in the shell or peeled, uncut hard-boiled eggs will be good for about a week when stored in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap in the coldest part of the fridge within 2 hours of cooking.
How Far In Advance Can I Make Deviled Eggs?
For best quality, you can start making your stuffed eggs up to two days in advance.
Here’s a timeline for you:
- Two days before, boil and peel your eggs. Leave the eggs uncut.
- One day before, slice each hard-boiled egg, prepare the yolk filling, and stuff the eggs with the yolk mixture using a piping bag, a storage bag, or a couple of spoons. Then, refrigerate the deviled eggs immediately.
- Before serving them, top the eggs with any toppings (bacon, paprika, scallions, etc.)
Final Thoughts From Cost-Effective Kitchen
Deviled eggs are a tasty and versatile side dish that is cost-effective, requiring just a few essential pantry ingredients.
If you want to serve them on a busy weeknight, it makes sense to prepare your deviled eggs ahead of time and be sure to make enough to last you three or four days.
Don’t forget to purchase a deviled egg carrier for your deviled eggs. You’ll be glad you made the investment!
When making deviled eggs, make sure you use unspoiled, fresh eggs, store them in the coldest part of the refrigerator immediately after they are prepared, and only pull out what you’ll be eating each meal!
Until next time…