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How long are hard-cooked eggs safe to eat? Why do hard-cooked eggs spoil faster than fresh eggs?

Hard-cooked eggs should be refrigerated within two hours of cooking and used within one week. Shell eggs have a protective coating that is washed away when they are hard-cooked. This leaves the pores in the shell open for bacteria to enter.

If eggs crack during cooking or are peeled, they should be kept refrigerated and eaten within one to two days.