How Long Do Hard-Boiled Eggs Last?

Last one’s a rotten egg! But how long can eggs stay out, exactly?

We love making hard-boiled eggs in advance for snacks or salads, but we find ourselves wondering about how long they last. There's a reason why the phrase "smells like rotten eggs" is associated with a pesky, sour odor—the overwhelming stench of sulfur and spoiled eggs is not a pretty one. But do we have to rely on a stinky smell to indicate when they've gone bad? Here's everything you need to know about how to store and safely consume hard-boiled eggs.

What's the Shelf Life of Hard-Boiled Eggs?

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, hard-boiled eggs last for exactly one week, peeled or unpeeled, if refrigerated. Not bad, right? It's safe to cook a batch of hard-boiled eggs during your weekly meal prep. Always store them in a sealed, airtight container for maximum protection. Dishes that are made with hard-boiled eggs (like egg salad sandwiches) can safely last three to four days if covered in the refrigerator. It is not recommended to freeze hard-boiled eggs, as the texture will take a turn for the worse. If you're purchasing a pre-made salad that is topped with hard-boiled eggs, check the packing date (not the sell-by date) to tell when the eggs were likely prepared.

What if They're Not Refrigerated?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend eating eggs that have been left out at room temperature for more than two hours. So, don't wait too long to dig into your aunt's deviled eggs.

Need some creative ways to use up your hard-boiled eggs? Try French-inspired duxelles deviled eggs, a deconstructed Niçoise salad, and kid-friendly English muffin egg pizzas.

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