Storing hard boiled eggs properly and for the right amount of time is important to avoid having the eggs spoil. Although salmonella is destroyed during the cooking process, the porous shells are susceptible to the invasion of odors and bacteria. Taking the necessary precautions when storing the hard boiled eggs will greatly reduce the risk of spoilage.
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Hard boiled eggs
Remove the boiled eggs from the flame once they are fully cooked. Pour the hot water out and refill the pan with cold water. This will stop them from cooking and will help start the cooling process. Let the eggs cool completely, but do not let the eggs sit in room temperature for more than 2 hours.
Place the cooled eggs either back in their original carton or in a covered container. Place the carton or container in the refrigerator. Do not store the eggs for more than one week.
If you have chosen to peel the eggs before storing them, place the peeled eggs in a large bowl of water. Submerge the eggs completely in the water and change the water daily. Use the eggs within one week.
You might notice a strange, gassy smell coming from the refrigerator once you have stored the eggs. This is from the hydrogen sulfide, which is produced when cooking the eggs. It is normal, and will dissipate on its own in time. Keep the eggs cool while serving them, and throw any leftovers away.