Don’t wait for the smell of rotten eggs to fill your fridge—find out how long hard boiled eggs last.

By Kelly Vaughan
Updated January 24, 2019

We love making hard boiled eggs in advance for snacks or salads but we find ourselves wondering, how long do hard boiled eggs 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. So how can we avoid getting to the point where the smell of hard boiled eggs indicates when they’ve gone bad? Here, we break down everything you need to know about how to store and safely consume hard boiled eggs.

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How Long Do Hard Boiled Eggs Last?

Do hard boiled eggs need to be refrigerated? The short answer is yes. 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? This means 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 3-4 days covered in the refrigerator. It is not recommended to freeze your 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.

Can Hard Boiled Eggs Be Left at Room Temperature?

Is it safe to eat room temperature hard boiled eggs? 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, go ahead and dig into your aunt’s deviled eggs…just don’t wait too long.

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

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