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How Long Do Deviled Eggs Last In The Fridge?

Deviled eggs aren’t just for holidays and parties. They are a perfect cost-effective side dish for busy weeknights as well as a great lunch option! Learn about deviled egg storage.

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Ever wondered what causes the green ring around the yolk of a hard-cooked egg? I’ve got the answer to this and many other deviled egg food storage and safety questions including, “How Long Do Deviled Eggs Last In The Refrigerator?”

Deviled eggs (often called stuffed eggs) are a delicious way to dress up your weeknight meals. Often reserved for holidays and get-togethers, these little bites of joy are a perfect make-ahead side dish for busy weeknights! Home cooks, get ready!

In this article, we are going to talk about how to store deviled eggs, how long they last, and how to tell if they’ve gone bad. I’ll also answer a few other frequently asked questions about these creamy, delicious little bites!

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.

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How To Store Deviled Eggs In The Fridge

Deviled eggs should always be stored in an airtight container in the coldest part of the refrigerator. 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 egg salad in the doors.

To help ensure the yolk mixture doesn’t get dried out and to help your eggs keep their consistent pale yellow color, you can gently cover them with plastic wrap. The plastic wrap gives another layer between your eggs and odors from the fridge.

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 when it comes to 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 look, smell, or taste of the food.

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 most likely not make you sick if ate the produce.

Best Deviled Egg Carriers

If you love deviled eggs or want to make deviled eggs for potlucks, you definitely need a deviled egg carrier to keep your deviled eggs intact and looking good.

For everyday home use, my favorite is this Snapware Snap N Stack carrier. And when I am going to a potluck or serving a holiday or fancier meal, I really like this round platter.

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, 2 hours if the temperature is below 90°F.

Always err on the side of caution and toss any eggs you believe may have gone bad 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?

Whenever dealing with leftovers, you should always remember deviled eggs are usually good to eat within 3 to 4 days. However, it is possible for eggs to go bad 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. What I mean by this is that you should make sure your stuffed eggs look good and smell good before you taste them.

Deviled eggs should be tossed 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.

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 yolk of a hard-boiled egg occurs when hydrogen in the egg white combines with sulfur in the yolk. It usually happens because eggs are cooked too long, but it can also happen from excess iron in the cooking water. Although unsightly, the green rings on eggs are harmless and safe to eat.

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 deviled eggs, make sure they are stored in a freezer-safe, airtight container and use within 1 to 2 months. And then thaw them in the refrigerator. Never thaw them on the counter.

In my opinion, it’s easier to make deviled eggs on an as-needed basis than freezing them, especially since they can be made rather quickly and with inexpensive pantry staples.

How Long Are Hard-Boiled Eggs Good For In The Fridge?

Whether in the shell or peeled, hard-cooked (hard-boiled, uncut) eggs will be good for about a week (7 days) if they were stored in the fridge within 2 hours of cooking.

Just like with deviled eggs, make sure your hard-cooked eggs are stored in an airtight container in the coldest part of the fridge.

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:

  1. Two days before, boil and peel your eggs. Leave the eggs uncut.
  2. One day before, slice the eggs, prepare the filling, and stuff the eggs
  3. Just prior to serving them, top the eggs with any toppings (bacon, paprika, scallions, etc.)

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Final Thoughts From Cost-Effective Kitchen

Deviled eggs are a tasty and versatile side dish that can be served at any time of day. They’re also cost-effective to make with just a few basic pantry ingredients and they don’t require too much work on the cook’s part!

One thing is for sure: if you want to serve delicious deviled eggs every night without going through an elaborate process or breaking out all your pots and pans each day, then make enough deviled eggs ahead of time to last you 3 or 4 days.

Just remember, when making deviled eggs, store them in the coldest part of the fridge as soon as they are made and only pull out what you’ll be eating each meal! Happy Eating!

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