How Long Does Frozen Pumpkin Last?

A reader asked how long frozen pumpkin lasts on my how to cook a pumpkin post and I figured if one person asks there are probably ten more who are wondering but don’t ask.

As I said in the pumpkin post, I freeze my pumpkin in Ziploc bags, but I always use it within a month. If you are planning on storing for a longer period of time I would recommend storing in food saver (sealer) or freezer bags.

Most people say that frozen pumpkin (made from fresh pumpkin) lasts about one year before it starts to affect the taste of your baked goods. I’ve read about people using it up to two years after being frozen, although I wouldn’t.

I also read that people don’t like to use pumpkin that has been frozen for a long time in pies because it is too watery, but it works great in breads, muffins, pancakes, etc… I think using my crock pot pumpkin method might solve the water problem, but I’ve never tried it to be sure.

Do you freeze your pumpkin puree’ and if so, for how long?


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Comments

  1. FishMama says:

    I just finished writing a freezer cookbook — and did A LOT of research about freezer safety. :)

    The general rule of thumb is to use anything within two to three months, particularly those items that are in a refrigerator freezer. If you know that you don’t open your deep freeze that often and that the temperature remains constant, you can go longer. It won’t go “bad,” it just loses taste and texture.

  2. Karen says:

    I’m using frozen pumpkin from two years ago (frozen in freezer zip bags with all the air sucked out) in bread and muffins and it’s just fine – no change in taste or texture.

  3. Christine E. says:

    My mom always cooked her own pumpkins and froze it. To use it she would thaw it in the refrigerator in a sieve with a bowl under it. That way her pies would not be watery when she used it.

  4. Beth says:

    I froze pumpkin last year in freezer bags. I just finished using up the last of it, so it was pretty well 1 year from when I had frozen it. I used it to make pumpkin pie and it was the same texture and taste as we were used to. I had cooked the pumpkin in the oven and stored it in my deep freezer. Hope this helps. :)

  5. Nancy says:

    Thanks for your information about freezing fresh pumpkin. You have been a big help in making a decision about my frozen pumpkin !!
    To eat or not to eat… I defrosted the pumpkin and it doesn’t taste bad at all, just watery.. It has been in my freezer for 2 years…
    Thanks for your webpage !!

  6. Bernie says:

    I have 2 pumpkin pies left from Thanksgiving. Is it to late to freeze them?

  7. food police says:

    Froze fresh pumpkin a little over two years ago and I was wondering if anyone else had any sucess using it after two years in deep freeze. At this point there are no more sugar pumpkins in the market, so fresh is no longer an option. Thanks for this web site! And please keep it going. My little twist for the Holidays is to make pie filling and use puff pastry and make pop-overs. Add a little icing to each of them and those little tri-angles pack wholesome flavor that will get a yum from everyone!

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