Hard-boiled eggs can be prepared in large quantities, and are often used as a side dish for holiday dinners or as an additive for salads. Uncooked eggs can remain safe to eat for up to a month when properly stored, but hard-boiled eggs tend to have a much shorter shelf life. Hard-boiled eggs usually last no more than a week. Store cooked eggs properly to ensure they don’t go to waste.

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Cook the eggs, and allow them to cool down to room temperature. This should take no more than 30 minutes. Leave the shells on the eggs if you are not sure they will be consumed immediately.

Place the eggs in an airtight container. A wide plastic container with a sealing lid works well.

Store the eggs in the refrigerator.

Consume the eggs within one week. Discard the eggs if they develop a strong, unpleasant odor within this time.


  • The yolks of boiled eggs may develop a green color. This is typically due to sulfur or iron compounds from the egg that interacted on the yolk during cooking. Green yolks are safe to eat as long as the eggs are fresh.