I travel a lot for work (4 days per week, every week) and so I spend a lot of time in hotels without kitchens and grabbing pre-cooked meals and snacks from wherever I can. Recently I started buying bags of organic peeled hard boiled eggs from Whole Foods. They're relatively inexpensive, super convenient, and eggs are one of my favorite foods. However, they do consistently have something of an off flavor. It's not like they've gone bad - they just taste...off. I think that in the bag they are sitting in some sort of brine or solution that imparts that flavor.
Does anyone know about this? Does anyone else eat (or avoid) pre-cooked/pre-peeled hard boiled eggs? Is there a particular reason? I hate to give up such a convenient source of fat and protein, but I also don't want to consume anything unsafe while trying to eat paleo on the road.
I found the brand name and a [fair, in my opinion] review online.
Eggs that have been boiled can last in the fridge up to a week in their shells... if these are pre-peeled, have they had something added to them to preserve them? I think I'd make my own, if I were you, and shell hem in the morning before leaving...
Do you travel by car? If so, You could buy a little travel refrigerator to keep your eats cool in your car. It just plugs into your cigarette lighter. I think you can find them for less than $50. The one I have has worked great for about 5 yrs now.
For catering, we would store hard boiled eggs in water with a pinch of salt, and it does impart an "off" flavour that you describe. There's nothing bad or wrong about it, but I agree that flavour is not optimal. Doesn't mean there's any kind of preservative or weird treatment. If you don't mind the flavour, it is really convenient, but if not you might have to juggle a way to make your own and bring them. At IGA here you can buy those omega-3 eggs hardboiled in the shell in packs of two. I've grabbed those on my way to school on busy days around exams, and they taste just like the ones you hard boil at home because they are not pre-peeled.