What to Do So Hard-boiled Eggs Don't Smell in the Refrigerator?


Hard boiling is a process that cooks raw eggs at a high temperature for a set amount of time, cooking both the yolk and the white of the egg. When you store the eggs in the refrigerator, you might notice a sulfurlike smell emanating from the eggs. Proper cooking and storage of the eggs prevents the eggs from smelling or picking up other tastes and smells from the refrigerator.

Proper Cooking

  • Arrange the eggs in the bottom of a pan, using a single layer of eggs. When you stack the eggs on top of each other, you risk uneven cooking. What's Cooking America recommends cooking only 24 eggs a time. Once the eggs are in the pot, fill with water until the water reaches 1 inch above the shells. Place on high heat and wait for the water to start boiling. Pull the pot off the stove, place a lid on the pot and let sit for at least 17 minutes. Strain the eggs from the water and peel, if eating immediately.

Peel or Shell on

  • Whether you peel the eggs immediately or leave the peel on is up to your taste preference. If you're making deviled eggs or using the eggs for a dinner salad, then remove the peel after the eggs cool. Both peeled and unpeeled eggs will keep in the refrigerator for up to seven days.

Storing Shelled Eggs

  • If you opt to keep the shell on the eggs, then transfer the hard-boiled eggs back into the refrigerator. Store the eggs in the cooking pot or a small bowl. Save space, by storing the eggs in the original polystyrene or cardboard egg carton. Write across the top of the carton with a marker, identifying the hard-boiled eggs inside.

Storing Unpeeled Eggs

  • Peeled or shelled hard-boiled eggs make a quick snack or add protein to a salad. If you don't have a lot of time to peel the eggs before a peel, then you might want to store the eggs already peeled. Lightly crack the end of the egg on a hard surface, breaking the shell. Peel the shell from each egg and store in a plastic container with a lid. Fill the bowl with cold water or, cover the eggs with a damp paper towel. Place the lid on the container and keep for seven days. Change the water or paper towel once a day.

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