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27,283 11/23/13 1:40 A
I wouldn't eat any egg that had been cooked and left out at room temperature for 4 hrs, even in it's shell. With food I always lived by the adage, "If in doubt, throw it out!"
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17,020 11/23/13 12:18 A
I probably would not have eaten them.
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137,723 11/22/13 10:26 P
I would have eaten the eggs as they were in water and the water initially would have been hot to warm and then end up cooling off, even the eggs to make them easier to peel. I've also eatne the ones that crack while boiling. The ones I'm most hesitant about are the ones that break in the container. I, too refrigerate my eggs. It's apley by play for me as the media tells you things to keep "companies" and "products" in business!
I've left cooked eggs out for quite a while with no problems at all. Once they're peeled, however, I naturally put them right in the fridge. Burst eggs aren't a concern, other than the fact the yolk goes soggy. Piercing the egg before cooking should prevent that, unless you *throw* them at the pot! LOL
I get my eggs from a local producer, and he doesn't wash them (only a wipe-down with a damp cloth), and I don't even have to refrigerate those. I do, just on principle, because they do last longer. But they won't spoil that quickly unless you polish off that protective coating.
For whoever mentioned the piercing device: you don't need a special implement. Just use a push-pin! Works perfectly.
I live on the edge with my food and would not have hesitated to eat them no matter what the FDA says.
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11/22/13 8:09 A
The reason why Americans refrigerate eggs is because, unlike Europe (who doesn't), the US requires eggs to go through a high powered wash which removes a protective coating from the shell. Boiling does the same thing.
I've found I can keep hardboiled eggs at a temperature above a fridge but below room temperature for about 2 days (while backpacking) without them spoiling. After that, it gets dicey. So for your eggs, I'd crack one, see what it looks like and go from there.
11/22/13 8:02 A
I'm not sure about the safety but I'm with you I'd of thrown them away after sitting in the water that long , better safe then sorry
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11/22/13 7:21 A
I would google the question.
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72,744 11/22/13 4:15 A
I have not throw any eggs away unless they were off. I do boil them for 5 to 6 minutes
The only unsafe egg is one that is still raw so I am told.
11/22/13 3:24 A
I have a little device that punches a tiny hole into the raw egg before I boil it. This releases the pocket of air as the water boils so my eggs almost never burst open. I've no idea where you can get them from - I bought mine in Germany on holiday about 30 years ago, and it cost me less than a Deutschmark. Ah, those were the days! That's nothing to do with eggs being safe, but it's relevant to the bursting bit. By the way, there's nothing wrong with what's left of the eggs that burst open, and I'd have risked eating the eggs that were left too long as well.
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11/22/13 2:41 A
I personally would have probably lived on the edge and eaten them... but... apparently that would not be recommended. "Cooked eggs, including hard-boiled eggs, and egg-containing foods, should not sit out for more than 2 hours. Within 2 hours either reheat or refrigerate." - I guess you could have salvaged them by bringing them back to cooking-temperature again, then refrigerating them more promptly.
A few days back I wanted to make a salad with hard boiled eggs in it. I boiled 4 eggs and turned off the burner. I got busy in the house and left the eggs in the water for four hours. I was afraid they were unsafe, so I threw them away. A friend said they were safe, even if I had left them overnight.
Also, whenever I hard boil eggs, sometimes they burst open. The ones that burst open early, I throw them out. The ones that burst very late in the boiling process, I think those are safe.