Salmonella is a very common type of food poisoning and in the United States alone contaminated eggs with salmonella cause over 142,000 cases each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Making sure to keep your eggs refrigerated can help reduce the risks of contaminations.
– What Are The Danger Zone.
Leaving hard boiled eggs unrefrigerated for several hours can cause food poisoning bacteria like salmonella to grow at a rapid pace.
Food born pathogens can grow very quickly at room temperature which is between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit which is known as the danger zone.
Keeping the food under the temperature of 40 in your refrigerator can slow down the growth of bacteria and in return maintaining your food safe for a period of time.
If your refrigerator doesn’t come with a built-in thermometer , you can purchase a refrigerator thermometer to always keep an eye on the temperature of your refrigerator and ensure food safety.
– Hard Boiled Eggs Safety Recommendations.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you should toss away any food that was left unrefrigerated for more than two hours including hard boiled eggs. The two hours guideline applies for both, just cooked eggs or refrigerated eggs that you just taken out of your refrigerator to get to room temperature.
If the weather is hot like in the hot summer months or any time where the temperature is over 90 degrees Fahrenheit, any foods especially animal protein or high protein foods that stay unrefrigerated for more than 90 minutes should be tossed to avoid food poisoning.
– Hard Boiled Versus Raw Egg.
Since hard boiled eggs are fully cooked, you may believe they are safer than raw eggs. However, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Diabetics, hard boiled eggs are more susceptible to bacterial contaminations as the boiling process sheds a protective layer on the outside of the shell of the egg, therefore it is recommended to immediately refrigerate your boiled eggs and eat them within a week at most.
– Safety Recommendations of Hard-Boiled Eggs.
Bad eggs won’t always have a foul smell or float when put in water so always make sure to stick to the expiry date of your egg and throw away any eggs with imperfections in the shell like breakage or cracks. Also make sure to boil the egg until the white and yolk are firm and if you need to present egg in a gathering or a party make sure the egg serving platter based with ice to stay cool.
Set a timer to remind you to refrigerate food within two hours of cooking and any food stays out of the fridge for more than two hours, it is better to be safe and throw it away even if the food looks okay.