Ultimate Guide to How Long Do Eggs Last in the Fridge

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Eggs; it’s something that some of us can’t live without, because what’s life without eggs? But how much do you know about storing these delicious gems? How long do eggs last in the fridge?

Uncooked eggs can be stored for up to five weeks after the purchase date especially if you keep them in the refrigerator due to the cold temperature.

However, what about cooked eggs? How long do cooked eggs last in the fridge?

In Singapore’s hectic society, some of us may prepare our food days in advance, wrap them up in the fridge and then microwave them to save time. Eggs are relatively cheap, contain a high level of protein and are easy to cook. Be it scrambled, fried, hardboiled or whatnot, various types of cooked eggs have different spans of shelf life before it becomes harmful to consume them.

Here’s a rough guide to how long you can keep different types of cooked eggs. But of course, take it with a pinch of salt (pun might be intended), because the best guide is your eyes and nose. Get it?

Hard-boiled Eggs

Hard-boiled eggs are the safest to keep in the fridge and more so if their shells are intact. They last about 7 days in the fridge if unpeeled and 5 days if peeled.

The eggs, however, must be cooked for at least 10 minutes to ensure they are fully cooked without any runny content. Also, they should be placed in the fridge shortly after they have been boiled. As the shell is removed, the eggs lose a protective layer and become porous. This allows bacteria to contaminate the contents of the egg more easily.

Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs only last for up to four days in a fridge and it has to be fully cooked as well before being wrapped and kept. Refrigerating scrambled eggs will affect the taste and texture too. It is best to heat up the scrambled eggs to at least 70 degrees celsius to ensure it is safe to eat.

Other Types of Eggs

Other types of cooked egg delicacies such as casseroles and quiches can also only last for up to four days when refrigerated. All in all, it is best to consume your cooked eggs immediately after they’re done and to ensure the eggs are fresh before you cook them, or you may employ the water test: If you place an egg in water and it floats to the top, it is no longer fresh to eat.

So there you have it, an answer to your woes of how long do eggs last in the fridge.

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