How Long are Deviled Eggs Good For?
How Long are Deviled Eggs Good For?

Deviled eggs are one of the people’s favorite appetizers and the star of every party. The deviled egg is bite-size, creamy, and tasty, and you can always play with the fillings – just fill them with any ingredients you like. There is no question about the popularity of these yummy appetizers, but there is one about their longevity.

Many people are unsure how long deviled eggs last? If you’re throwing a party, can you make them in advance, without the risk of spoiling or in the worst-case scenario food poisoning?

The deviled egg is basically a stuffed hard-boiled egg. Egg yolks are scooped out and mixed with other ingredients (sauces, paprika, bacon, spices, cream). Egg whites are filled with egg yolk cream (you can put filling with a spoon or a piping bag) and served.

Having in mind that the main ingredient for deviled eggs is actually eggs, which are prone to spoiling, one must wonder how long can they last? The answer is two days. The deviled egg will retain its maximum quality if it is consumed in two days after you make it.

How far can you make deviled eggs ahead?

The deviled egg can be made two days in advance. Of course, if you’re making this specialty in advance egg yolks could create an undesirable crust on the top of the filling. To prevent forming a crust don’t fill egg whites until you’re ready to serve appetizers.

Simply cut eggs in half and store egg whites in an airtight container (or put them on a plate and wrap them tightly with plastic foil). Store egg yolks filling separately in a resealable plastic bag.

How long do deviled eggs last unrefrigerated?

If deviled eggs are kept unrefrigerated, at room temperature, the maximum time they can be stored is two hours. The same goes for hard-cooked eggs. If temperatures are extremely high (for example during a hot summer), egg safety will be questionable even after an hour, so it’s best to throw them away.

For best results store cooked eggs or deviled eggs in the refrigerator immediately after making.

Deviled eggs
Deviled eggs (shutterstock.com)

How long do deviled eggs last in the fridge?

If deviled eggs are stored in the fridge they can last two days. Cooked eggs can be consumed within four days when kept refrigerated, but, according to USDA, deviled egg optimum freshness last for two days.

How to store deviled eggs in the fridge?

Depending on the time you want to keep them stored, deviled eggs can be refrigerated stuffed. If you want to serve them within a few hours, simply stuff egg whites with yolk stuffing, put them on a plate, and refrigerate.

Use hard boiled eggs to prepare deviled eggs
Use cooked eggs to prepare deviled eggs (shutterstock.com)

If eggs need to be refrigerated for more than two hours, for up to two days, it’s best to separate egg whites and yolk filling. That way you’ll prevent creating a crust on top of yolks and deviled eggs will look fresh when you serve them.

Egg whites can be stored in an airtight container or on a plate covered in plastic wrap, while the yolk mixture will keep its consistent pale yellow color if stored properly in a resealable plastic bag. Stuff eggs before serving and enjoy.

Making deviled eggs right before serving is another option – keep cooked eggs uncut in the fridge.

Can deviled eggs last overnight?

Yes, a deviled egg can last overnight, but only if it is properly stored in the refrigerator. If they’re left at room temperature overnight, you shouldn’t be eating them, or you’re exposing yourself to the risk of food poisoning.

According to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), food safety and inspection service, cooked eggs that are kept in the fridge can be eaten within four days, but their quality decreases with every day that goes by. For best quality aim to prepare deviled eggs no more than two days in advance and to eat them in two days when you make them.

Can I freeze deviled eggs?

Freezing deviled eggs is not a common practice, but it can be done. Note that freezing egg whites is not recommended, since they will change their texture and taste once when you thaw and reheat them.

Still, if you’d like to freeze the deviled egg, here is how you can do it:

Make yolk filling and wait until it’s completely cooled, to store it in a freezer-safe ziplock bag. Put the egg yolks mixture into the bag, squeeze excess air to prevent bacterial growth, and freeze it. If you want to freeze deviled egg long-term, wrap a ziplock bag with the filling in aluminum foil or simply put it in another ziplock bag.

You can also freeze already stuffed deviled eggs. Pick up the filling with a spoon, mix it and seal it in a described way. Once you want to thaw deviled eggs leave them overnight into the fridge.

Deviled eggs will be good for three weeks if you freeze them.

Tip: Never thaw deviled eggs or any kind of dish (for example egg salad) with cooked eggs at room temperature!

Why are eggs so perishable?

Eggs are considered to be perishable food, just like fresh meat, poultry, and fish. Their shell is not bacteria-resistant and if eggs are not stored the way they should be, they can easily get contaminated.

Fresh eggs should always be stored in the fridge. Uncooked eggs last in the fridge for a minimum of three weeks, while the shelf life of boiled eggs is about a week.

Keep in mind that refrigerated eggs rarely spoil – they simply decrease in their quality after a certain period of time (about 5 weeks after the purchase)

Type of eggsHow long eggs can be stored
Raw eggs in the shellFor about 3 weeks after purchase
Raw eggs slightly damagedUp to 2 days
Raw egg whiteUp to 4 days
Raw egg yolkUp to 2 days
Hard-cooked eggs in a shellUp to one week
Peeled hard-cooked eggsOne day
Fresh and cooked eggs shelf-life

Can you eat hard-boiled eggs after 10 days?

You probably won’t get sick if you eat hard-boiled eggs after 10 days, but the official recommendation of the USDA is that hard-boiled eggs last in the fridge for one week. Try to eat hard-boiled eggs, peeled or unpeeled, in a week from the moment of cooking.

Eggs should always be stored in the refrigerator
Eggs should always be stored in the refrigerator (shutterstock.com)

Can you boil eggs in advance for deviled eggs?

You can boil fresh eggs for 48 hours in advance to make deviled eggs. It’s a matter of your preference will you keep them in a shell until the moment of preparation or will you peel and cut them in halves.

Boiled eggs should be stored in the refrigerator and properly handled so that you can safely enjoy them later.

Can you peel eggs in advance?

Yes, cooked eggs can be stored peeled or unpeeled. If you want to peel them perfectly, simply put them in cold water after cooking. Shell will come down nice and easily.

How to tell if deviled eggs are bad?

You’ll know that devil eggs are bad if you sniff them. Bad eggs have an extremely strong and unpleasant odor that smells like sulfur. If eggs smell bad they are spoiled. Also if you see mold or color change on deviled eggs, throw them away.

Spoiled eggs should not be consumed by any excuse, or you’re risking food poisoning. Throw them away and make a new portion of this tasty appetizer.

Citations

  • https://www.canyoufreezethis.com/can-freeze-deviled-eggs/
  • https://www.incredibleegg.org/recipes/egg-tips-tricks/egg-storage/
  • https://www.allrecipes.com/article/how-to-make-ahead-deviled-eggs/
  • https://www.thepioneerwoman.com/food-cooking/cooking-tips-tutorials/a35613973/how-long-do-deviled-eggs-last/