How Long Can You Keep Hard-Boiled Eggs?

The old ads for “the incredible edible egg” were so catchy they still live rent-free in our brains, but exactly how long are hard-boiled eggs good for? The quick answer is: They last a shorter period than raw eggs. 

The exact amount of time depends on whether or not they’re refrigerated. Hard-boiled eggs left at room temperature will go bad faster than ones that go straight into the icebox.  

So if you’re looking to meal prep your huevos for the week or get the most out of your creative Easter egg ideas, be sure to chill them right away. Because it turns out, the last one in the fridge could turn out to be a rotten egg. 

If you're wondering if it's safe to eat those eggs that've been left out at room temperature, you should know that hard-boiled eggs outside of the refrigerator won't last for more than two hours 

How long do peeled hard-boiled eggs last in the fridge? Just like unpeeled hard-boiled eggs, peeled eggs can last up to seven days in the refrigerator if they are kept in an airtight container

Spoiled eggs are at increased risk for bacteria which can cause salmonella symptoms, so it is really important to know if they've gone bad. Just like with fresh eggs, you should check to see if your hard-boiled eggs have any foul odors; 

if they smell like sulfur or give off any other rotten smells, you should definitely discard them right away. And of course, if you're ever not sure, play it safe and throw them out. 

For maximum freshness, you should also leave them unpeeled in their shells until you are ready to eat or prepare them.