How long can a hard-boiled egg be left out?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “How long can a hard-boiled egg be left out” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of hard-boiled eggs at room temperature. Moreover, we are going to discuss the shelf life of hard-boiled eggs in the fridge and freezer along with tips to properly store eggs.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

How long can a hard-boiled egg be left out?

Hard-boiled eggs last for about 2 hours when kept at room temperature. 

You should discard the hard-boiled egg that has been left in open for more than 2 hours as bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between the temperature of 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore there are greater chances of the hard-boiled egg being already contaminated with bacteria when left out for more than 2 hours.

Moreover, if the temperature of the surroundings is about 90 degrees Fahrenheit, then the process of spoilage takes place at a faster pace and it is recommended to discard hard-boiled eggs that are left out in the open for more than an hour at 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Shelf life of hard-boiled egg in the fridge

When it comes to boiled eggs that still have their shell on, they last for about a week when stored properly in the fridge at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Once you remove the shell of your hard-boiled egg and peel it, the clock starts ticking and there is a limited time for which the hard-boiled eggs can retain their quality.

Peeled hard-boiled egg lasts for about 48 hours when wrapped in cling film or wrapped in a damp paper towel inside an air-tight container and stored in the fridge.

Eggs, whether cooked or raw, are extremely nutritious. They contain many essential nutrients that are required for the proper growth and functioning of the body. Not only are they a rich source of protein but they also contain a lot of other important nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. Therefore care should be taken while handling, cooking, and storing them.

It is worth mentioning that the figures mentioned above are the estimated shelf life of the hard-boiled egg.

Can I freeze hard-boiled eggs?

When it comes to hard-boiled eggs, then freezing is not a good idea as the hard-boiled eggs can face textural changes after they get thawed. You can notice that your hard-boiled egg has become crumbly and it will have a rubbery texture after it gets thawed.

Therefore you should refrain from freezing your hard-boiled eggs.

Can I eat a boiled egg that has a greenish-grey ring around the egg yolk?

In the case of hard-boiled eggs, you will notice a slight greenish-grey ring around the egg yolk, but you need not worry as it is not an indication of a bad egg.

The reason behind the appearance of this ring is that egg yolk contains iron while sulfur is present in the egg white. So the iron present in the egg yolk reacts with the sulfur and forms sulfide (along with hydrogen sulfide gas) which is the main culprit of this greenish-grey ring around the yolk.

Other FAQs about Eggs which you may be interested in.

How long are cooked eggs good for?

Tips to properly store eggs

  1. You should never freeze your in-shell raw eggs or else they can burst in the freezer.
  1. When breaking eggs, immediately clean the splashes of the raw egg with the help of a paper towel.
  1. All the utensils and surfaces that come in contact with the raw eggs should be thoroughly cleaned afterward.
  1. If you see any crack in your eggshell then it is better to discard such an egg as there are great chances that bacteria like Salmonella would have already found their way to it.
  1. When it comes to cooked eggs, they should be stored in shallow containers so that they can cool evenly and quickly in the refrigerator.
  1. Hard-boiled eggs should always be stored at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
  1. In case of unpeeled hard-boiled eggs, it is recommended to store them in an air-tight container and afterward store them in the fridge. On the other hand, when it comes to the peeled hard-boiled eggs, it is recommended to wrap them in a damp paper towel and afterward store them in the fridge in an air-tight container.
  1. You should not freeze your whole hard-boiled eggs as they will develop a rubbery texture.

You can read the health benefits of eggs here.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “How long can a hard-boiled egg be left out” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of hard-boiled eggs at room temperature. Moreover, we discussed the shelf life of hard-boiled eggs in the fridge and freezer along with tips to properly store eggs.

Citations

https://food52.com/blog/25058-how-long-do-hard-boiled-eggs-last#:~:text=As%20with%20all%20cooked%20foods,fridge%20for%20longer%20shelf%2Dlife.

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/cooking/a32020400/how-long-do-hard-boiled-eggs-last/

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-long-are-hard-boiled-eggs-good-for

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