Deviled eggs are probably one of my favorite side dishes to make and to eat. After assembly, how long are deviled eggs good for?
Deviled eggs will last for four days in the refrigerator, if stored properly, after assembly. Learn some tips and tricks for storing them for optimal freshness!
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I love making them for family gatherings and potlucks because they are such a classic and beloved dish that is so simple to make.
The best part about preparing deviled eggs is make ahead preparation! Preparing food in advance is a lifesaver because it alleviates so much stress on the big day.
You only need a few simple ingredients to prepare deviled eggs: hard boiled eggs, mayonnaise, white vinegar, paprika, salt, and black pepper.
Though deviled eggs are great make-ahead appetizers, they are also highly perishable. Deviled eggs can usually last up to four days stored in the refrigerator, and the yolk mixture can last up to three weeks in the freezer.
Proper storage preserves the dish’s flavor and prevents harmful bacteria growth. If you’re unsure of how long deviled eggs can stay good for or how to properly store them, follow along to learn all my best deviled eggs tips and tricks.
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How do you preserve deviled eggs?
The easiest way to store deviled eggs is in the refrigerator. In the fridge, deviled eggs can last up to four days.
Four days might seem like a short time, so you ask, “Why not just freeze them?”
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.
Since you can’t preserve the egg whites for more than four days, storing the egg whites and the yolk of hard-cooked eggs in the fridge reduces food waste.
For best results, I recommend refrigerating the egg white and the egg yolk mixture separately because refrigerating them assembled can cause the yolk mixture to get dry and crusty.
To refrigerate the deviled eggs separately, follow these easy steps:
- 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.
- When you’re ready to assemble the deviled eggs, snip off the corner of the egg mixture-filled bag and pipe the yolk mixture into the egg whites.
Though I highly recommend storing the deviled egg mixture separately from the egg whites, it’s not impossible to store them together.
If you want to keep the hard boiled egg and egg yolk mixture assembled, follow these steps:
- After you’ve assembled the deviled eggs on a platter, cover the platter with plastic wrap and aluminum foil.
- Another way to store the deviled eggs is in a deviled egg carrier or ice cube tray. You can find both of these items at the grocery store.
- Place the covered platter, carrier, or tray in the fridge
To ensure your eggs are preserved as well as possible in the refrigerator is to make sure you store them within two hours of cooking. And store the eggs in the coldest part of the refrigerator.
Cooked eggs are highly perishable. Raw eggs can stay safe to eat for several weeks. Once they are cooked, eggs have a short shelf life. Because of the short shelf life, it is important to store cooked eggs in a cool place.
How long are deviled eggs good for in the refrigerator?
Uncut Hard-boiled eggs last for 7 days in the fridge if you leave the shell on them.
Deviled eggs, once prepared, will stay safe to eat for up to four days in the fridge. I recommend to eat them within two days for the freshest taste. Fresh eggs are essential for an excellent taste and for avoiding food poisoning.
I highly recommend storing the hard-boiled egg whites and yolk filling separately in the fridge. Separating the filling and the egg white prevents the top of the egg from getting crusty.
After separating the filling and egg whites, store the egg whites in an airtight single layer container and the yolk filling in a plastic bag.
When it’s time to prepare the deviled eggs for serving, you can easily pipe the filling into the egg whites by cutting a corner off the plastic bag.
If you prefer to keep the yolk mixture and boiled white halves together, so you don’t need to assemble them on the day of the party, store the prepared deviled eggs in a shallow airtight container in the refrigerator.
After you take the deviled eggs out of the fridge, they enter the danger zone of spoilage quickly. Make sure you serve them within two hours after taking them out of the fridge. The last thing you want to do is serve rotten eggs to a family member!
How long do deviled eggs last in the freezer?
The egg yolk mixture can last up to three weeks in the freezer, but I don’t recommend freezing them as a go-to method of storage.
You cannot freeze egg whites. When the egg whites freeze, they become watery and lose a lot of water in the thawing process.
Since you can only freeze the yolk mixture and not the egg whites, you will have to boil more eggs to be able to use the filling. This means that not only will you potentially have to discard the leftover egg whites you can’t freeze, but when you boil more eggs, their yolk might also have to be discarded.
Unless you’re able to find a way to use the egg whites and yolks, freezing the deviled egg mixture might end up creating more work and more food waste.
If freezing does happen to work better for your situation, take these steps.
- Make sure the filling has cooled to room temperature before removing it from the egg white.
- Don’t overfill the bag when storing filling mixture. As it freezes, the mixture will expand, so make sure there is room for that process to happen.
- Once the freezer bag is filled, squeeze out any excess air to make it airtight. Removing air from the bag helps prevent bacteria growth and freezer burn.
Making Deviled Eggs
To make a classic deviled egg recipe, cut the hardboiled eggs in half. Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks.
Combine the yolks with the mayonnaise, salt, pepper, and vinegar. Then, fill the white halves with the egg yolk mixture, sprinkle on some paprika, and that’s it!
I also love how adaptable these are. There are so many ways to experiment with different flavors and ingredients. If you like spice, you can add hot sauce or chili sauce on top of the assembled eggs. For some tang, try lemon juice or pickled relish.
If you want to put a healthy spin on them, use greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise.
Got leftover deviled eggs? Make a delicious egg salad!
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Deviled eggs certainly have a stellar reputation for a reason. They are easy to make and so delicious, but heed with caution. With how highly perishable eggs are, extra care must be taken to properly preserve them and ensure the best quality.
Hopefully, this guide helps outline the steps to take to make sure your properly stored deviled eggs will be a hit at your next party!