I boiled eggs late last night & fell asleep waiting on them to cool so I could peel them & refrigerate. When i woke up this morning the water was cool. Are they ok to eat?


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The FDA does not consider this safe. Here are their relevant recommendations for serving and storing cooked eggs:

  • Serve cooked eggs (such as hard-boiled eggs and fried eggs) and egg-containing foods (such as such as quiches and soufflés) immediately after cooking. Cooked eggs and egg dishes may be refrigerated for serving later but should be thoroughly reheated to 165° F before serving.

  • Never leave cooked eggs or egg dishes out of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours or for more than 1 hour when temperatures are above 90° F. Bacteria that can cause illness grow quickly at warm temperatures (between 40° F and 140° F).

What You Need to Know About Egg Safety

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    so we've been poisoning ourselves every easter then, when eating cold easter eggs for days?
    – ths
    Commented Jun 23, 2022 at 8:10
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    @ths You’ve been violating the FDA’s recommendations, yes. Those recommendations are intended to be simple and conservative; they don’t indicate situations which the FDA expects will definitely harm you.
    – Sneftel
    Commented Jun 23, 2022 at 11:28
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    I often bring hard boiled eggs with some other food when I go hiking, often I postpone lunch until 6PM or later, therefore I keep them out of the fridge for almost an entire day and I never saw any sign of spoiling.
    – FluidCode
    Commented Jun 23, 2022 at 15:17
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    @ths and FluidCode, you might consider reading this page about what "food safety" means, here on Seasoned Advice: cooking.stackexchange.com/tags/food-safety/info
    – Juhasz
    Commented Jun 23, 2022 at 16:12
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    that seems absurdly over cautious.
    – ths
    Commented Jun 24, 2022 at 7:37

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