If you’re like me, you probably don’t use all of your eggs at once. Instead, you might buy them in bulk so that there’s always some on hand for when a recipe calls for them. But what happens if you have leftover cooked eggs? Can they be stored in the fridge and eaten later? And how long do they last?
How Long Do Cooked Eggs Last In The Fridge?
Cooked eggs can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. To maximize the shelf life of your cooked eggs, make sure you store them properly. Store uncooked eggs in their carton on a shelf away from any raw meat, poultry, or seafood.
If you plan on storing them longer than this, consider freezing them instead. Cooked eggs that have been frozen will remain safe to eat for up to 4 months.
How To Store Cooked Eggs In The Fridge
Place cooked eggs in an airlocked container with a lid or cover. You can use plastic wrap or aluminum foil to cover the top of the container if you don’t have an airtight lid available.
Cooked eggs can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 hours before being refrigerated. After that time, they should be moved into the fridge until they are ready to be eaten again.
You can also freeze cooked eggs as a way of preserving them longer than 7 days – just make sure that they are frozen individually before being placed into containers so that they don’t stick together when frozen solid!
How To Tell If The Cooked Eggs Have Gone Bad
You don’t have to be an expert to tell if eggs are bad. Here’s how to tell if your eggs have gone bad, and what to do about it:
1. Check for Bad Smells
The first sign of a bad egg is a foul odor. If you open the carton and smell anything other than fresh eggs, toss them out. Also, make sure not to confuse rotten eggs with sulfur gas (H2S), which is released when the contents of the egg begin to rot. Sulfur gas has a distinctive rotten egg smell that will only last until the egg ages further.
2. Look at The Shell
Rotten eggs have a wet spot on their shell near where they were laid (the “eye”). If you see this spot, do not use the egg, as it may have bacteria inside of it as well. This can cause food poisoning or salmonella poisoning if ingested by humans or animals alike!
3. Check for Cloudy Whites
If you notice cloudiness in the whites of your cooked egg after cooking, this is another sign that it may be spoiled and should be discarded immediately! This can happen when there are tiny cracks in the shell during storage or transportation that allow bacteria inside the eggs.
Tips To Keep Cooked Eggs Fresh Longer in the Fridge
Eggs are a great source of protein, but they can be tricky to store. They’re delicate and need to be kept in the right conditions. If you want to keep cooked eggs fresh longer in the fridge, here are a few tips:
Keep Cooked Eggs In An Airtight Container
If you have leftover scrambled eggs or fried eggs, transfer them into an airtight container or resealable plastic bag before putting them in the refrigerator. You can also double-wrap the container by placing a sheet of plastic wrap between the lid and container, which will help prevent moisture from getting into the container.
Store Cooked Eggs Away From Other Foods
Cooked eggs can pick up odors from other foods that are stored nearby if they aren’t properly wrapped up first. For example, if there’s something stinky like garlic cloves in your fridge, it could transfer its scent onto your hard-boiled egg whites later on if you don’t store them properly first. To avoid this, store your cooked eggs in a different part of your refrigerator than any other foods that produce strong aromas (like garlic), especially those that may get moldy easily like cheese or bread).
Can You Freeze Cooked Eggs?
Yes, you can freeze cooked eggs. But you should only do it if the eggs are cooked properly. Raw or undercooked eggs may contain salmonella bacteria, which can cause food poisoning. You can cook an egg so that it’s safe to eat and then freeze it in an airtight container for later use.
To freeze cooked eggs, follow the simple steps below:
Step 1: Make sure they’re thoroughly cooked and cooled down to room temperature before putting them in the freezer. This will eliminate any risk of food poisoning that might be present in raw or undercooked eggs.
Step 2: Place the cooked eggs in an airtight container with as much air removed as possible before freezing. If possible, use a vacuum sealer to remove all air from the container before sealing it shut with a lid or other type of sealer (such as aluminum foil).
Step 3: Put the eggs at the farthest end of the freezer. This will help keep your frozen eggs fresher for longer by eliminating air exposure to their surfaces and preventing ice crystals from forming on their exteriors during freezing and thawing cycles in the refrigerator or freezer.
If you have any leftover eggs after cooking them, you can place them in the fridge. Whether it’s peeled or unpeeled, if the eggs are properly stored, they will stay fresh for up to 1 week.
Kate has been in the food business for over 20 years. Worked as a cook at several buffets which include Old Country Buffet, Five Star Buffet, and Ichiban Buffet. Now, I’m mostly at home cooking for my family, caring for chickens and ducks, and tending the garden.