How Long Do Eggs Keep? USDA Recommendations

By: Susan Harris
Staff Writer
Published: Aug 20, 2021

How long to keep eggs in the refrigerator, and do they have an expiration date?

How long do eggs keep? Eggs kept in the refrigerator should be stored at 40-degrees Fahrenheit, and some states require an expiration date. The USDA recommends 3 to 5 weeks before you should discard them.

The eggs should be stored in a home refrigerator at 40-degrees Fahrenheit. If the eggs are above the recommended temperature for more than 2 hours, they should be thrown away. It is never a good idea to wash eggs after you buy them, only before they are consumed.

Egg cartons with the USDA grade shield will have a pack date printed on them. It will include the day of the year, starting with January 1 = 1. Many states require a "Sell by" or "EXP" date on the carton.

There is also the question about hard-boiled eggs. You should throw them away sooner if uneaten. Always remember that eggs are often kept in cold storage for six months before they are sold.