Deviled eggs are an excellent dish to pass around at any family, friend, or work gathering. They are easy to make and easy to eat. Plus, they are absolutely delicious. But can you freeze deviled eggs?
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Deviled eggs are one of the most popular finger foods for both their taste and simple preparation. They make a great addition to any get together. The soft texture of the deviled egg mixture paired with the light fluffiness of the egg whites is the perfect pairing.
All you need to make deviled eggs are hard boiled egg whites and a deviled egg mixture made of cooked yolks, mayonnaise, and white vinegar. After they are assembled, season with salt, pepper, and paprika, and you’re done!
Another reason to love deviled eggs is that you can adapt the classic recipe to fit your needs. I love experimenting with different flavors and ingredients when I make deviled eggs. Since they are such a staple dish, putting a twist on the recipe adds a fresh spin on the well-loved original.
For a healthier take on the family favorite recipe, use greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise. You can also try apple cider vinegar in place of white vinegar.
Sometimes I like to spice up my delicious deviled eggs recipe by adding lime juice for an extra tangy flavor. If you want spice, hot sauce is also great with deviled eggs. The only thing limiting you is your imagination! Try my Avocado Deviled Eggs, or this Deviled Egg Dip!
The reason I love deviled eggs is because I can make them two to four days before I need to serve them. Dishes I can make ahead of time are great! They save me time on the day of without sacrificing taste the next day.
Though deviled eggs are great make-ahead appetizers, they are also highly perishable. This means that in order to be the perfect make-ahead dish, they must be stored properly in a cool environment.
Proper storage preserves the dish’s flavor and prevents harmful bacteria growth. If you’re unsure of how to properly store deviled eggs, follow along to learn all my best deviled eggs tips and tricks.
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How long will deviled eggs keep in the refrigerator?
Deviled eggs will keep in the refrigerator for up to four days. But, it’s a good idea to eat them within two days for the freshest taste. Fresh eggs are essential to an excellent taste and safe dish.
The best way to store deviled eggs in the refrigerator is to store the hard-boiled egg whites and yolk filling separately. By separating the filling and the egg white, you can prevent the top of the egg from getting crusty.
After separating the filling and the egg whites, store them separately. Egg whites in an airtight container and store the yolk filling in a plastic bag.
When you’re ready to eat the deviled eggs, cut off the corner of the bag. Pipe the filling back into the egg whites.
If you prefer to keep the deviled egg mixture and boiled white halves assembled, store the prepared deviled eggs in a shallow airtight container in the refrigerator.
Once you take the deviled eggs out of the refrigerator, make sure to serve them within two hours. Eggs are highly perishable at room temperature. They can enter the danger zone of spoilage in a short length of time.
Can you freeze deviled eggs?
The short answer to whether you can freeze deviled eggs is “sort of.” You can freeze the yolk filling, but the egg whites do not freeze as well. Cooked egg whites can become rubbery and lose a lot of water in the thawing process. It is best not to freeze them.
If you want to freeze the yolk filling, however, make sure it has cooled to room temperature first. Then, remove the filling from the egg whites and put the yolk filling into a heavy duty bag.
The filling will expand during the freezing process, so make sure not to overfill the resealable bag. After filling the resealable freezer bag, squeeze out the excess air to make it airtight. Removing the air prevents bacteria from growing.
The egg yolk mixture can last up to three weeks in the freezer.
How do you defrost deviled eggs?
There are two ways I recommend defrosting the yolk filling.
The best way to thaw the mixture is to leave it in the fridge overnight. Once it has thawed in the fridge, you can warm the mixture in the microwave on high heat.
To keep the thawed filling moist, add a cup of water to the microwave with the mixture. The steam from the hot water will prevent the yolk filling from getting dry.
If you are in more of a time crunch, you can thaw the bag of frozen yolk filling under cold water, not warm water. Warm water can speed up the growth of harmful bacteria.
After the water has defrosted the frozen egg yolk mixture, you can warm the mixture in the microwave using the same process as before.
How do you preserve deviled eggs?
I recommend preserving deviled eggs in the fridge. In the refrigerator, deviled eggs can last up to four days.
Though you can freeze the yolk mixture for up to three weeks, you cannot freeze the egg whites, so freezing won’t help preserve the whole deviled egg any longer than in the refrigerator.
I recommend refrigerating the egg white and the egg yolk mixture separately.
For best quality, once the yolk filling has cooled to at least room temperature, transfer it to a plastic bag, making sure to squeeze out as much air as possible.
Store the egg whites in a single layer sealed container.
Assemble Deviled Eggs
When it’s time to assemble the deviled eggs, snip off the corner of the egg mixture-filled bag and use it as a piping bag to pipe the yolk mixture into the egg whites.
If you want to keep the hard boiled egg and egg yolk mixture assembled, a great way to do that is to cover the platter with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. You can also purchase a deviled egg carrier or ice cube tray from the grocery store to place the extra eggs in.
Other steps you can take to ensure your deviled eggs are preserved as well as possible is to make sure the eggs make it to the refrigerator within two hours of cooking and to store the eggs in the coldest part of the refrigerator.
Eggs are highly perishable. Raw eggs stay good for several weeks, but once they are cooked, eggs have a short shelf life, so it is important to store any cooked egg dish correctly in a cool place.
Best Deviled Egg Recipes
- Classic Deviled Eggs
- Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs
- Honey Mustard Deviled Eggs
- Muffuletta Deviled Eggs
- Greek Deviled Eggs
For the rest of the list, check out all the best egg recipes!
Can you freeze mashed hard boiled eggs?
I do not recommend freezing hard-boiled eggs because the egg whites turn rubbery. They have a high water content, so when the white part of a deviled egg thaws, it loses a lot of excess water.
It is possible to store mashed hard boiled eggs in the freezer by storing them in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag, but I do not recommend it. Instead, if you are looking to preserve mashed hard-boiled eggs, I suggest storing them in the refrigerator.
Mashed hard-cooked eggs are great for egg salad, egg casseroles, egg sandwiches, and many other egg recipes.
Scrambled eggs, on the other hand, keep better in the freezer because the yolk and egg whites have been combined before cooking. Scrambled eggs can be kept in an airtight container for four to six months in the freezer.
Deviled eggs, when stored properly, are a guaranteed hit at any gathering. Whether you are celebrating a holiday, birthday, graduation, or even just having a dinner party with friends, deviled eggs are an easy dish that will make everyone–and their stomachs–happy.
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Make sure to follow my tips and tricks on how long deviled eggs stay good for the next time you’re looking for an easy delicious dish to share with all your family and friends. Can you freeze deviled eggs? Now you know the answer!