How long can cooked eggs be left out?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how long can cooked eggs be left out” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of cooked eggs at room temperature. Moreover, we are going to discuss tips to properly store eggs.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

How long can cooked eggs be left out?

Cooked eggs last for about 2 hours when left out of the fridge at room temperature. 

You should discard the cooked eggs that have been left in open for more than 2 hours as bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between the temperature of 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore there are greater chances of the cooked eggs being already contaminated with bacteria when left out for more than 2 hours.

Moreover, if the temperature of the surroundings is about 90 degrees Fahrenheit, then the process of spoilage takes place at a faster pace and it is recommended to discard cooked eggs that are left out in the open for more than an hour at 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

How long can cooked eggs stay in the fridge?

Cooked eggs last for about 3-4 days if stored at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit in the fridge when stored in an air-tight container or plastic zipper bag. 

Moreover, as eggs are a perishable commodity therefore care should be taken while handling, storing, and cooking them.

It is recommended to store cooked eggs in shallow containers so that they can cool evenly and quickly in the refrigerator. Always store the cooked eggs on one of the shelves of the refrigerator rather than the door as there are a lot of temperature fluctuations at the door of the fridge.

How long can cooked eggs stay in the freezer?

You can store cooked eggs for up to a year in the freezer but it is recommended to use your frozen cooked eggs within 3-6 months for optimum quality and taste.

Thus, keeping the cooked eggs in the freezer will increase their shelf life considerably due to the freezer’s cool temperature that halts the bacterial growth on the cooked eggs.

You can thaw frozen cooked eggs by leaving them in the fridge overnight or you can directly thaw and reheat your frozen cooked eggs in the microwave but the cooked eggs thawed and reheated this way should be consumed immediately.

It is worth mentioning that the figures mentioned above are the estimated shelf life of cooked eggs.

Other FAQs about Eggs which you may be interested in.

How long are cooked eggs good for?

How long can a hard-boiled egg be left out?

How long can beaten eggs last in the fridge?

Can I refrigerate the reheated cooked eggs?

So once you have reheated the cooked eggs, you should never refrigerate them. As when you reheat the cooked eggs, their temperature rises more than 40 degrees Fahrenheit and we know that bacteria grows at a faster rate between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. So the bacteria will find their way to your cooked eggs and you should never refrigerate the reheated cooked eggs.

You can read the health benefits of eggs here.

Tips to properly store cooked eggs

  1. You should always store your cooked eggs at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between the temperature of 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore it is always advised to store your cooked eggs at a lower temperature to preserve their freshness for a long time.
  1. It is recommended to store cooked eggs on one of the shelves of the refrigerator rather than the door as there are a lot of temperature fluctuations at the door of the fridge.
  1. It is always advised to use shallow containers to store cooked eggs in the fridge so that the eggs can cool evenly and quickly.
  1. One thing to keep in mind is to let your cooked eggs cool thoroughly before putting them in the container or the zip-lock bag. If you put steaming hot cooked eggs in these airtight bags or containers, the moisture will build up inside them which can provide suitable conditions for the bacteria to grow.
  1. In case of unpeeled hard-boiled eggs, it is recommended to store them in an air-tight container and afterward store them in the fridge. On the other hand, when it comes to the peeled hard-boiled eggs, it is recommended to wrap them in a damp paper towel and afterward store them in the fridge in an air-tight container.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “how long can cooked eggs be left out” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of cooked eggs at room temperature. Moreover, we discussed tips to properly store eggs.

Citations

https://www.fda.gov/food/buy-store-serve-safe-food/what-you-need-know-about-egg-safety#:~:text=Never%20leave%20cooked%20eggs%20or,F%20and%20140%C2%B0%20F).

https://ask.usda.gov/s/article/How-long-can-you-keep-hard-cooked-eggs

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