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. There is no question about the popularity of these yummy appetizers, but there is one about their longevity. The deviled egg is bite-size, creamy, and tasty, and you can always play with the fillings – fill them with any ingredients you like.

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 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 fill with a spoon or a piping bag) and served.

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

How far can you make deviled eggs ahead?

You can make the deviled egg 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.

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.

Store cooked eggs or deviled eggs in the refrigerator immediately after making them for best results.

Deviled eggs
Deviled eggs (shutterstock.com)

How long do deviled eggs last in the fridge?

If you store deviled eggs in the fridge, they can last two days. You can consume cooked eggs 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 how long you want to keep them stored, deviled eggs can be refrigerated stuffed. If you’re going to serve them within a few hours, 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.

You can store egg whites in an airtight container or on a plate covered in plastic wrap, while the yolk mixture will keep its consistent pale yellow color if you appropriately store it 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 you properly store them in the refrigerator. If eggs are 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 kept in the fridge can be eaten within four days. Still, 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 common, but you can do it. Note that freezing egg whites is not recommended since they will change their texture and taste once 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 thoroughly 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 put it in another ziplock bag.

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

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

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

Why are eggs so perishable?

Eggs are perishable food, 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.

You should always store fresh eggs in the fridge. Uncooked eggs last in the refrigerator 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 decrease in their quality after a certain period (about five weeks after the purchase)

Type of eggsHow you can store long eggs
Raw eggs in the shellFor about three 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 ten 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
you should always store eggs 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 adequately 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, put them in cold water after cooking. Shell will come down nice and quickly.

How to tell if deviled eggs are bad?

You’ll know that devil eggs are rotten if you sniff them. Bad eggs have a powerful 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.

Any excuse should not consume rotten eggs, 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/