Tips about Boiled Egg Safety

Q: How long do boiled eggs last?

A: It is wise to toss boiled eggs after one week—that's the advice of the USDA and the American Egg Board.Here's why boiled eggs last about this long: Cooking eggs in water washes away an egg's protective coating, and this leaves tiny pores open in the shell through which bacteria can enter and contaminate the egg.

Uncooked fresh eggs last longer because they retain their protective coating—either the natural coating (called the cuticle or the bloom) produced when the hen lays an egg, or a mineral oil that egg producers spray on after the eggs are washed at processing plants.

Keep in mind, hardboiled eggs should be refrigerated at 40°F or below within two hours of cooking.

Source: Originally published in The University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter (April 2011)

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at

Published: 04 Apr 2011

Last Modified: 05 Jan 2015