Do eggs keep in the fridge?
Small question: in the supermarket, where do you find the eggs, fresh or just on the shelves? Are they usually at room temperature? So you have your answer. Once at home, follow the same principle. Even if your fridge contains rounded trays specially designed for eggs, we do not recommend using them. Better to keep them in their box and keep them in a corner in the shade of the heat.
You have no place to put them and you really insist on to refrigerate your eggs? In this case, you should immediately put them in the refrigerator as soon as you get home. Remember, during the hot months, the temperature in the fridge should be a maximum of 4ºC. Warning: never wash the eggs before storing them, otherwise you risk destroying the protective membrane and you will encourage the accumulation humidity.
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What is the shelf life of a hard-boiled egg?
Generally, eggs are stored in an environment above 20°C. That’s why you’ll always find the boxes on shelves in stores, not in refrigerators. But what about hard-boiled eggs? Once cooked, if you want to keep them for later, how best to store them? Here are two leads:
Let them cool to room temperature first. Then, put them in an airtight container and there you can quietly store them in the refrigerator for a few days.
You will need it to decorate the salad of the dinner or to prepare deviled eggs? In this case, once peeled, let them cool to room temperature, put them in an airtight container and cover them with a damp cloth. If you keep them like this in the fridge for a while, don’t forget to change the cloth every day. Otherwise, it is also possible to keep them in an unsealed container filled with water (change the water every day).
Noticed : hard-boiled eggs (in-shell or peeled) should be eaten within three to four days of being cooked. Cooked yolks can stay intact for up to 5 days.
So, preferably, keep them in the fridge at 7°C maximum. Let’s be clear, the compartment dedicated to them in the refrigerator door is not really suitable for your hard-boiled eggs, because of the constant openings and closings. Inevitably, they will be exposed to temperature fluctuations and therefore risk being damaged. Also, as they tend to absorb strong smells, it is better not to install them next to fish or cheese. Important point : the eggshell should never touch other foods to avoid possible transmission of salmonella (toxic bacteria). Before throwing away the cardboard box, take a look at the instructions. This packaging gives useful information about storage : some manufacturers advise to put the eggs in the refrigerator immediately, while others specify the date from which the eggs must be refrigerated.
Good to know : if desired, it is possible to freeze raw eggs. How ? Either break the egg open to mix the yolk with the white, or you can freeze the two separately.
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Usually, we mostly rely on our own judgment before eating an egg. Color and smell are often obvious signals. If the inside of the egg is gray or watery, it is probably spoiled. If you find that the shell is slimy, it is surely contaminated with bacteria or mold. Likewise, a brown shell is a sign of rotting. After cooking, do you notice that the yolk is pale, even greenish? It just means the egg was a little overcooked. If you forgot it in the pan, the yolk mixes with hydrogen sulfide, which is what leads to that gas smell. And if you notice a well-marked gray ring or one that turns squarely green, it is quite possible that the egg is rotten.
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