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Jan 29, 2013 11:36 AM

Hard cooked eggs - last longer in or out of shell?

Does shelling hard boiled eggs reduce their post-cooking shelf life - bother in terms of quality and food safety? If I make, say, a dozen eggs to keep in the fridge for a week or so, should I peel, not peel, or does it not matter?

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  1. I find that they get drier and tend to pick up odors from adjacent foods if they're peeled.

    1. Keep them in the shell. Unshelled the texture changes, not for the better.

      1. Thanks - my guess would've been that peeled was better but never really gave it much thought before!

        1. I keep them in the shell

          1. Definitely in the shell, and not in water. They can last close to a week that way. Do not be tempted to peel and cover in water. They will be foul in a couple of days. Possibly peeled would keep in acidulated water but I have not tried that.