If you have a few boiled eggs leftover from breakfast, it makes sense to use them soon – for example, for potato salad, sliced with chives on bread, as soft eggs, or in combination with jacket potatoes and parsley cream or Frankfurt green sauce. But how long can hard-boiled eggs last?
One important rule: boiled whole eggs should only be saved when they are cooked through. Depending on the size and starting temperature of the water, boil hard for 10 to 12 minutes. Another decisive factor for the shelf life is how old the egg was at the time it cooks.
Hard or soft-boiled – which lasts longer?
It also plays a role whether you poke the eggs before cooking – this reduces the shelf life considerably, as this allows germs, such as salmonella to penetrate the inside of the egg. If the egg undamaged, it doesn’t matter in terms of durability, whether it boil hard or soft. Soft-boiled eggs lose a lot of their excellent taste after two or three days if stored for a long time.
Important: The egg should not damage after the cooking process. Otherwise, the door is wide open to harmful microorganisms. NEVER frighten eggs, as this can cause minor tension cracks in the eggshell.
By the way: Long or hard-boiled eggs form a slightly bluish to greenish ring around the yolk. Reason: The egg yolk contains iron, which reacts with the hydrogen sulfide from the egg white and forms sulfur sulfide, responsible for the discoloration. It looks ugly but has no health effects.
This way, boiled eggs can be kept longer.
- Always let the eggs cool in the air before putting them in the refrigerator.
- If you wrap them loosely in cling film, you can store peeled eggs in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. After that, they develop an unpleasant smell of sulfur.
- Hard-boil, quench eggs can keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or only 2-3 days at room temperature.
- Hard-boiled eggs that have not to quench can store at room temperature for up to a month.
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