Welcome to thebackpacker.com
create account login
How long does a hard boiled egg last?
To add this thread as a favorites, you need to first login.
“How long will an unrefrigerated, hard boiled egg still be edible?”
“wouldn't trust it more than a few hours after it got warm...”
“Did it taste bad or something?”
Depends on how hard you bounce them
“They can last for a couple of days. I've taken them on hikes in my trusty little egg container and used them for breakfast with grits
for a couple of days.”
“It's always devilish to add a "raw" egg to someone's batch of hard boiled eggs. The neat thing is that hard boiled eggs will spin & raw ones won't.”
“I'll go with the couple days :). They must be hardy if you can, paint them, hide them, clunk them together in a basket with a bunch of other colored eggs, then eat them.
“Maybe the other board will give you a useful response.”
“Pickle the egg and it will last for a lengthy time 2 weeks+. Raw eggs will last longer than hardboiled I believe?”
“Im reading a book called,Appalation Trail Hiker 3 The New Appalation Trail .By Edward B Garvey who thru-hiked the trail at the age of 75 in 1990
he ate alot of hard boiled eggs on the trail.He even took some into the 100 mile wilderness so they last ate least a few days.
Heres a tip I got from a book by Sports Affeild mag, To keep eggs fresh without breakage-fill a thermos with crushed ice the nite before your trip.In the morning pour out all the ice,break the eggs one at a time into a cup,making sure not to break the yoke.Then pour them into the thermos and seal.The eggs will stay fresh for about a week and can be poured out one at a time as needed.
theres also another way to preserve eggs by putting them in boiling water for something like 30 or 60 seconds(im not sure how long)and it forms a skin that will keep the raw eggs good for up to 3 weeks. So hard boiled eggs must last a good while. Streamweaver”
“Hmmmmmm learn something new every day!”
“If you can stand the extra weight of a thermos...
I take powdered eggs.”
“I just want boiled eggs for my pickie eater daughter and don't want to burn fuel for 20 minutes each night. She doesn't eat much, but she will eat boiled eggs.”
“i know if you do the quick boil thing it makes a membrane around the egg that keeps it good for a while. so, i'd have to guess a hard boiled egg would last up to 5 days, depending on how hot it is. if it goes bad you'll know.”
“You don't have to boil eggs that long. 10 minutes is all you need. Also, if it's warm enough, and have a cozy, you can boil the eggs for less time and then let them steep in the hot water thus saving fuel.”
I don't know
“ask Mrs. Egg
“hard boiled about a week in cool weather, boiling kills the bacteria and the shell prevents it re-entering
soft boiled about a day....
raw can be stored for about three weeks if turned on a daily basis. They can last longer but the rate of rotten ones goes thru the roof, crack each one separately in an extra dish and sniff before adding to main one.”
A Dab Of Salt And They're Gone
“They don't last long with me around.”
“Good advice, people. Budur, you sound like my daughter. Your name wouldn't happen to be Savannah, would it? :)
Stumprider, I don't have a real stove. For now I am using a catstove so boiling for an extended period is a bit of a pain. Plus, I am just not comfortable with having raw eggs inside my pack :).
Ductape and DOM, all I need is 48 hours so your estimated times fit just fine.”
“I have heard that just leaving them out overnight (easter egg hunt) renders them inedible, or shall I say possibly bad. Of course, growing up we ate* every single easter egg we found outside with Easter dinner.
*I also had salmonella as a kid.
They last longer raw, in the shell.”
“I remember the same thing Sassafras. We ate our eggs even a day later without any harm. I don't ever remember having salmonella. My wife wants me to get a doctors note verifying how long a hard boiled egg is safe to eat before she will let me feed them to my daughter on the tyrail :). The worry wort. Next thing you know she'll tell me to not let her climb rocks. ;)”
“Here's what I found from the FDA: 2 HOURS!
I didn't get Salmonella from easter eggs, I got it from my pet turtle. ;)”
“You ate your pet turtle????”
Turtle soup is mmm-mmm good
“doesn't everyone? ;)”
“If your worried about raw eggs in your pack just ziplock baggie them, the cases work ok but I have had a few crack. the normal cartons work if you dont over stuff your pack.”
“Shhhh, I told my daughter that it had escaped and was living free in the woods.”
“I just read more of the book I posted about and the author did an experiment ,he took 3 eggs and put them in boiling water for 5-7 seconds and then stuck them in his attic and cooked and ate the first one after 2 weeks and it was fine the second after 4 weeks or so and it tasted fine but the yoke was kinda flat when cooking it.the third he left in the attic for 7 weeks and it still tasted fresh but it also had a very flat yoke.
he also said that he boiled 6 eggs at almost every resupply stop and he ate the his last one on the eighth day out on at least one stint and it was fine.And that was on a Hot and humid trip in PA.
P.S. Ed Garvey didnt manage to finish the entire trail on his 1990 hike(he did the whole trail in 70) but he still finished a lot more than Bryson and Bryson wernt 75!! LOL A good book worth checking out ! He has alot of good trail recepies and tips . Streamweaver”
“Sounds like a job for the Foodsaver Seal-a-meal!”
“It depends on how big of a bite your take.”
“I don't think the chickens/eggs of today are the same as those of the early/mid 1900's.
Too much disease in the chicken factories anymore.
I'll keep doing powdered eggs too.”
“Forget the eggs: if you guys can figure out how to hard boil a chicken I'll be impressed. And as for the foodsaver idea, I tried it.”
just take oatmeal and...
“dehydrated apples...mix together and add boiling water.”
“Here the hard boiled eggs would last a really long time. I can't stand the texture. Texture is like what I imagine eating dirt would be like.”
“Gawd, not the Biohazard Chicken Experiment again! LOLOL”
“lol I had forgotten about that! This should be very interesting! lol!”
“stikmon, do you have kids? My kids are pretty clear on what they will and won't eat. she doesn't like oatmeal. won't eat it. will starve nearly to death first and then would never go backpacking with me again. Your milaage may differ.”
“Chief your right, eggs now days have thinner shells to start with.
hyway I know what you mean, my policy was - you carry it, you cook it, you eat it..... Figuring out what to take is a good execise in basic planning skills, makes a nice at home project and best of all if they dont like it they cant blame anyone else for their misteak.....”
“I've heard that the whole chicken/salmonella thing is 'way blown up. Some very small percentage of chickens have it and a smaller percentage of their eggs do.
It is part of this obsessive/compulsive thing about germs that is sweeping the nation. Could someone explain to me why windex has an anti-bacteria version? Do people think their kids lick their windows?”
“As if that anti-bacterial stuff actually works to start! (It doesn't work any better at killing germs than regular soap)”
“Worse after a while the little critters become resistant to the stuff...”
“Birch is right. It's just a marketing angle anyway.
I think the recommended "safe" time limit for any cooked food at room temperature is 2 hours. Personally, I have eaten boiled eggs after a couple of days and they're ok as long as they haven't been sitting in the sun and aren't cracked. I don't think I'd pack them in really warm weather.”
“Good thing the FDA wasn't around when we were still on the savannah...
Ugh: Og, look! Wildebeest carcass!
Og: Good Ugh! How old?
Ugh: <sniff sniff> Two, maybe three days...
FDA Inspector: Now boys, you know that's not safe to eat!
Ugh: Guess we starve then...
Og: Damn federal government...”
“You can store anything perishable in a nearby stream in sealed plastic bags ...the cold water acts as a refrigerator. I've done this with raw eggs many times. Take 'em out of my kitchen frig right before leaving the house ...keep 'em in a cooler until I hit the trail ...they'll keep well until I get to the campsite ...then submerge 'em in the stream ...gingerly place some rocks over 'em in the water to keep the critters out ...and hope no big racoons come by.”
“For two days you can feed the kid pringles and candy and she won't die.”
“lol MP....like I used to say when my kids were little, there's no such thing as empty calories if that's all you can get in 'em...”
“Well, I hard boiled 4 eggs friday morning, put them in the egg carrier to cool before putting them in the sack with the frozen oranges with the intention of packing them away at the trailhead. Of course, I left them in the car, but they were a nice treat when we got back on Sunday :).”
“You can freeze oranges?!”
“hyway-thats how it ALWAYS works. I hope you had a good trip with your Daughter.”
“Hi Sass, Was talkin about you this w/e. Bout you ash keeper container. Did you not say you got that at rei? Say hey to Birch fer me. Yo bear!”
“Sass, well they froze on my South Mountains trip in January and were very tasty when they finally thawed enough for me to eat them. They did give me a brain freeze like a convenience store slushy :)
Jerbear, we had a blast. My 50 lb, 9 yo daughter carried her 10 lb pack the entire way without complaining. We have done most of our hiking along the coast on flatland. I discovered something about my daughter in the mountains. She really flies down downhills. I can't beleive how many times I had to tell her to slow down and not leave me behind LOL. BTW, thats her new trailname - Downhill.”
“I love frozen oranges. Frozen grapes, too.”
Post a MessageIn order to post a response to this thread you must first be logged in. If you do not already have an account, you must first create a new account.
Ready to Buy Gear?
Great Outdoor Sites