How long are eggs good for?

How long are eggs good for? Eggs are a big part of my weekend breakfasts. During the week I will eat oatmeal, all Bran, or a bagel just because they are fast and easy and good for you but on the weekend I can get a chance to make myself a bit more breakfast so I will. I usually like to make a three egg omelet with a bit of veggies and some ham if we have any in the fridge.

So How long are eggs good for?

How long are eggs good for?

How long are eggs good for?

I was wondering how long eggs are good for and after searching around a bit found out that eggs are good for week hard boiled in the fridge. Raw eggs are good for 3 to 5 weeks in the fridge but if you take them out use them right away as they will spoil in 2 hours on the counter.

One thing that may have you thinking is how can eggs be good on a farm for so long but not on the counter? Well apparently there is a special coating that the hen has on the egg is washed off in processing. Good for us but not so good for protecting the egg.

A few more egg facts?

  • There are no nutritional differences between brown eggs and white eggs.
  • Eggs contain all nine essential amino acids, making them a complete protein food.
  • Eggs are one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D.
  • The egg yolk is the major source of the egg’s vitamins and minerals.

Egg Nutrition

Calories per egg 80
Protein 6.30 g
Total Fat 5 g
monounsaturated 2 g
polyunsaturated 0 .07 g
saturated fat 1.50 g
cholesterol 213 mg
carbohydrates 0.60 g
sodium 63 mg



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EDIT:

I had a comment asking how  long eggs are good when out on the counter so I did a bit more digging and found that there is not a good consensus on this. I found the following comment:

If you want to eat the eggs, I believe they are only good for about a week, or so I think I remember reading, but on the other hand, the tried and true method of checking an egg for eating purposes is to put it in a glass of water. If it sinks, it is OK to eat. If it floats, it’s disposal food except for the shell which if baked or microwaved can be crunched up and fed back to the laying hens

following this a farmer in a farmer said they would be good for three weeks or maybe even more. I think however that the water floating test is good and also if you are not sure and still really want to use that egg then crack it in a seperate bowl and smell for any putrid smell that would lead you to believe that the egg may have gone bad.

I certainly hope this helps you understand how long are eggs good for.



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  1. If you think eggs are only good for a week, well then you should not eat them over that. If you thik they are only good for 4 weeks, then do not eat them over that. I raise chickens for eggs and sell them. And if you think the eggs in the grocery store are any less then a monthold you have another thing coming to you. Eggs are generally good for about 12 weeks kept at the proper temperatures. This is from the time they are laid of course.

    1. Thanks for the great input Adam. I searched high and low for this kind of info and was never sure except for the expiry date on the carton from the store

  2. I alse have eaten aggs that have been sitting in the basket for a four weeks, not refregerated at all. They were still good. What’s more my mother never put eggs in the fridge. She used to say that they are even better for baking when they are room temp. Perhaps because they were from naturally raised hens? I am not sure…

  3. Hi Bill,

    My wife an I buy the 24 pack of eggs (it’s cheaper). We store half in the fridge and the other half out of the fridge. Where did you find out about that ’2 hour rule’ regarding eggs? I’ve eaten eggs that have been sitting out of the fridge for weeks without any side effect to speak of!

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    I looked deeper and found the following:

    If you want to eat the eggs, I believe they are only good for about a week, or so I think I remember reading, but on the other hand, the tried and true method of checking an egg for eating purposes is to put it in a glass of water. If it sinks, it is OK to eat. If it floats, it’s disposal food except for the shell which if baked or microwaved can be crunched up and fed back to the laying hens

    Bill