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PUMPKIN, COMMERCIALLY CANNED OR BOTTLED — OPENED

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5-7 days
Freezer
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2-3 months

Tips

  • How long does a can of pumpkin last once opened? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep opened pumpkin refrigerated and tightly covered.
  • To maximize the shelf life of canned or packaged pumpkin after opening, refrigerate in a covered glass or plastic container.
  • How long does opened canned pumpkin last in the refrigerator? Pumpkin that has been continuously refrigerated will keep for about 5 to 7 days.
  • Is canned pumpkin safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided it has been stored properly, the package is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below) - commercially packaged pumpkin will typically carry a "Best By," "Best if Used By," "Best Before", or "Best When Used By" date but this is not a safety date, it is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the pumpkin will remain at peak quality.
  • To further extend the shelf life of opened canned pumpkin, freeze it: to freeze pumpkin, place inside covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long does canned pumpkin last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 3 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - pumpkin that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long does canned pumpkin last after being frozen and thawed? Canned pumpkin that has been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before using; pumpkin that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be used immediately.
  • How can you tell if opened canned pumpkin is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the pumpkin: if the pumpkin develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
  • Discard all pumpkin from cans or packages that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.

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