I love eating but I’m not really that type who likes to bake or prepare food. And pumpkin preserves are just my favorite. They say canned pumpkins, even the Libby’s brand, are not really 100% pumpkin, but I buy them anyway and keep lots of it in the pantry. Can I put canned pumpkins in the freezer?
I think we just have something in common, because I love to eat, too! Canned pumpkins are really the best because you can just eat pumpkin in an instant.
People store canned pumpkin in the pantry or in room temperature because it is processed and packaged in such a way as to extend its shelf life. Canned pumpkins last up to one or two years, depending on the expiry date indicated. But you can definitely freeze the leftover from opened canned pumpkins.
Can You Freeze Canned Pumpkin?
Canned pumpkin maintains its freshness for up to 24 months, probably longer than the quality maintained when you freeze regular pumpkin. On the other hand, the freshness of a frozen raw pumpkin basically lasts up to 12 months.
If you are to preserve the leftover from the pumpkin, you should never freeze or refrigerate with the metal can. Put it in a glass with a heavy-duty lid or an airproof container.
There’s no danger if you freeze an entire can of unopened pumpkin. But freezing is not really necessary for preservation purposes.
In fact, it is dangerous to eat canned food if you thaw it and the seam was broken. Pumpkin is a low-acid food, and if this happens with a canned pumpkin, just throw it out.
You may refrigerate the leftover from a canned pumpkin but you have to consume it immediately within four to five days. Some of the liquid may dislodge from the flesh but you may just stir it right back up.
How to Preserve Canned Pumpkin
An unopened canned pumpkin may last indefinitely if you store it in a stable temperature of zero degrees and below. But its quality and freshness may not be the same after one or two years of freezing.
- Scoop out the pumpkin from the can
- Place the pumpkin cubes in one layer or the puree into a Ziplock freezer bag
- You can also use a rigid container especially if it is in chunky form
- Leave a room of about a half-inch headspace in the container
- You can also contour the puree by putting it into muffin tins or cupcake cups before packing
- Try to press the freezer bags in the sides to let the air out
- Write the expiry date in the freezer bags so you will know when you need to use the pumpkin before its quality deteriorates (Use the expiry date indicated in the can and not the sell date).
Canned Pumpkin Recipes
Who knew that you can turn a vegetable fruit into a latte, too? With this D-I-Y Pumpkin Spice latte, the delicious froth of a pumpkin with spicy flavor is definitely tastier.
In this video, you will learn how to turn a simple can of preserved pumpkin into two mouth-watering creation: Pumpkin Almond Butter and Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Parfait.
Garnished with cream and grated cinnamon, this pumpkin pie with buttermilk flavor promises the easiest way of making the most savory pie out of canned pumpkin.