Whether you have homemade pumpkin puree or canned pumpkin puree, you may be wondering, how long does pumpkin puree last? In this article, I will tell you exactly how long it is good for in the fridge, in a can, fresh, or frozen, so that you know when it’s good and when it’s time to throw it out!
When it’s pumpkin season, you need loads of pumpkin puree for pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, and all your favorite recipes. What type of pumpkin puree do you prefer? Homemade or canned? Either way, once you have a lot of pumpkin puree on your hands, you likely want to know the best way to store and preserve it for the longest possible time.
If you came upon this post, wondering, “how long does pumpkin puree last?” you’re in the right spot!
In this post, I will give you a complete breakdown of how long pumpkin puree is good for in the fridge, signs of spoilage, as well as how to freeze and store it so that you can enjoy your favorite pumpkin recipes all season long!
- How long is canned pumpkin puree good for in the fridge?
- Does canned pumpkin go bad?
- How do you know when canned pumpkin has gone bad?
- How do you know if an opened can of pumpkin has gone bad?
- How long does homemade pumpkin puree last in the fridge?
- Can you freeze pumpkin puree?
- How to Freeze Pumpkin Puree
- Ways to use Leftover Pumpkin Puree
- Final Thoughts
- Pumpkin Puree Recipes!
How long is canned pumpkin puree good for in the fridge?
According to the USDA, canned goods that are low in acid, such as pumpkin last for up to 4 days after they are opened when stored in an airtight container in the fridge. However, it’s probably still safe to use within 7 days of opening as long as it is not an old can of pumpkin puree past its best-by date.
It is important to note, that you never want to store pumpkin puree or any canned good for that matter in your refrigerator in the can itself. It’s not because it is not safe to do so, but because storing food in a can affects the taste and flavor of the food. You are much better off storing your pumpkin puree in a sealed glass container to retain its flavor. Use a sticky note to write the date you placed your canned food in the refrigerator to help you remember the good-by date.
Does canned pumpkin go bad?
Yes, unopened canned pumpkin puree does go bad eventually. It should be stored in a cool dry place. The first thing to look for on your canned pumpkin is the best-by date which should be stamped on the top of the can. If the best-by date has not passed, it is good to eat. However, it is important to note, that the best-by date is a guideline set by the manufacturer, but does not indicate how long canned goods are safe to eat. Canned foods are safe to eat for a long time. Usually several years past the best-by date. If you have a can of pumpkin that is past its best-by date, it is likely still safe to eat. But look our for signs of spoilage.
How do you know when canned pumpkin has gone bad?
There are several signs of spoilage to look out for when it comes to an unopened can of pumpkin. Immediately toss it out if you notice any of these signs, even if the best-by date has not yet been reached.
How do you know if an opened can of pumpkin has gone bad?
While you can tell if an unopened can of pumpkin has gone bad by observing the can itself, you should also look out for these signs of spoilage if you open a can of pumpkin that is past its best-by date before using it in your recipe.
- Mold-If you notice any signs of mold, toss it out immediately. The puree should have an even color and texture. Any change in the consistency or color and it should be tossed.
- Bad Smell-The puree should have a distinct pumpkin smell. If it smells sour or foul, it is no good.
- Bad Taste-If you didn’t notice any mold, and it smelled okay, but it has a sour taste. It’s no good. If the puree is past its expiration date, taste it first before using it in your recipe.
- Open Too Long: If you’ve opened an old can of pumpkin puree and stored it in the fridge for over a week before using it, it’s no longer good. Toss it. While it might be fine to use, it’s better to be on the safe side.
How long does homemade pumpkin puree last in the fridge?
So far we’ve covered how long a can of pumpkin purée lasts, but what about homemade? Does it follow the same rules?
In general, homemade pumpkin puree follows the same guidelines as an opened can of pumpkin puree. Fresh pumpkin puree is good within 7 days of refrigeration, but it’s best within 4 days.
Can you freeze pumpkin puree?
Yes, you can easily freeze leftover pumpkin puree to use in your favorite recipes later, whether it’s canned or homemade. If you don’t plan to make another pumpkin recipe within the week, the best option is to freeze it!
How to Freeze Pumpkin Puree
Step 1: Using silicone ice cube trays, spoon the puree into the trays. Cover and place the tray in the freezer until solid, about 3-4 hours.
Step 2: Remove the trays from the freezer. Pop the pumpkin cubes out of the trays, and place them in freezer bags. Make sure all of the air is out of the bag.
Step 3: Label the bags with the date and contents, and keep them in the freezer.
Storage: The frozen pumpkin cubes will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Ways to use Leftover Pumpkin Puree
If you have a small amount of pumpkin left, and you don’t want to go the trouble of freezing it, here are a few of my favorite recipes that use a small amount of pumpkin
While canned pumpkin puree can last well past its best-by date, it’s best to play it safe when it comes to food consumption. Look for any signs of spoilage, and only keep your pumpkin puree in the fridge for up to 7 days. If you don’t plan to use it within 7 days, go ahead and freeze it to reduce food waste.
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