Hard boiled eggs are a delicious, nutritious food that can be enjoyed at any time of year for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Although there's no "season" for eggs, with Easter Sunday approaching and annual egg decorating underway, boiled eggs are receiving their yearly renewed interest. If you're using natural dye to color your eggs, you might be tempted to enjoy your festive creations as a post-holiday snack. (And with all the delicious dishes and indulgent desserts being served on the holy day, you're probably even craving a wholesome bite).
But before you go gobbling up your Easter decorations, it's important to know how long hard boiled stay safe to eat—no one wants to spend April 21, or any other day of the year, for that matter, ill over a bad egg. Here's how long hard boiled eggs last.
How long do hard boiled eggs last refrigerated?
The best bet for hard boiled eggs is to keep them stored in the refrigerator, according to The Incredible Egg website. In the shell, hard boiled eggs should last for up to a week when properly stored, but peeled eggs should be eaten the same day. The site recommends stowing all types of eggs at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or less, and to keep them "in their original carton on an inside shelf and away from pungent foods." It is not recommended to freeze hard boiled eggs, whether the shell is on or off.
How long do hard boiled eggs last at room temperature?
Now, when it comes to eggs that are non-refrigerated—which is probably the category most adorned Easter eggs fall under—it's a completely different story. Citing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, LiveStrong.com writes that perishable foods, which includes eggs, only last about two hours outside the refrigerator. After that time, they either need to be thrown out or chilled again. The CDC adds that if it's over 90 degrees in the area in which they're being served, say, at a backyard barbecue or summer picnic, easily spoiled items needed to be discarded after just one hour.
Although this might dash your dreams of enjoying your adorned eggs as a little nibble, it's certainly better to be safe than really sick.
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