Shelf Life of Hard Boiled Eggs

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Eggs are nutritious. They can be enjoyed as a main dish, in salads, or as a snack. Eggs are an important ingredient in many recipes. They are convenient, easy to prepare, inexpensive and portable when hard boiled.

Hard Boiled Eggs
Hard Boiled Eggs (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Significance

One egg contains about 75 calories, 6 to 7 grams of protein, plus many vitamins and minerals. They are low in fat, low in sodium, and versatile.

They are low in fat, low in sodium, and versatile.
They are low in fat, low in sodium, and versatile. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Considerations

Before preparing eggs in any way make sure to use fresh, refrigerated, clean, sound shelled, Grade AA or A eggs. Store uncooked eggs on a shelf in the refrigerator in the carton, not in the door.

Before preparing eggs in any way make sure to use fresh, refrigerated, clean, sound shelled, Grade AA or A eggs.
Before preparing eggs in any way make sure to use fresh, refrigerated, clean, sound shelled, Grade AA or A eggs. (Image: Adam Kazmierski/iStock/Getty Images)

Hard Boiled Eggs

Eggs that are a few days old make better hard boiled eggs. Put in a sauce pan and cover with 1 to 2 inches of cold water. A teaspoon of vinegar will help if the egg cracks. Bring to boil, reduce heat, remove from heat, then cover for 12 minutes.

Put in a sauce pan and cover with 1 to 2 inches of cold water.
Put in a sauce pan and cover with 1 to 2 inches of cold water. (Image: VvoeVale/iStock/Getty Images)

Shelf Life

Hard boiled eggs should be eaten within one week. Egg shells are porous, and when boiled, the protective coating of mineral oil used by the processor is washed away. Hard boiled eggs can pick up bacteria, odors, and an off flavor.

Hard boiled eggs should be eaten within one week.
Hard boiled eggs should be eaten within one week. (Image: StephanieFrey/iStock/Getty Images)

Handling

Hard boiled eggs should be cooled and refrigerated within two hours of cooking. A rotten egg is easy to spot and smell by its bad odor and off coloring.

Hard boiled eggs should be cooled and refrigerated within two hours of cooking.
Hard boiled eggs should be cooled and refrigerated within two hours of cooking. (Image: tab1962/iStock/Getty Images)

Fact

Gentle boiling makes a better hard boiled egg. Cooking too long or with too high heat can cause a green ring (unsightly but not unhealthy) around the yolk and make the white rubbery.

Gentle boiling makes a better hard boiled egg
Gentle boiling makes a better hard boiled egg (Image: Lynsey Garvie/iStock/Getty Images)

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