If you are wondering if you can freeze pumpkin, the answer is yes!
A reader asked how long frozen pumpkin lasts on my how to cook a pumpkin post. If one person asks there are ten more who are wondering about frozen pumpkin but don’t ask.
If you haven’t read the pumpkin cooking tutorial, you need to stop everything and read it now! 🙂 Homemade pumpkin puree’ will change your life.
Here’s something you might not know about me, I NEVER liked pumpkin anything. Even though my family is basically addicted to pumpkin pie, I never liked it. However once I tried homemade pumpkin in a recipe it was a game-changer!
Homemade pumpkin is super sweet and changes the taste of your baked goods for the better! But, the fact that you are reading this means you probably already know it already. So happy baking!
As I said in the pumpkin cooking post, I freeze my pumpkin in regular Ziploc bags. However we end up eating the pumpkin within a month.
How to Freeze Pumpkin
To freeze pumpkin, first puree the pumpkin flesh. Once the pumpkin fresh is smooth measure and scoop in ziploc bags.
I typically put two cups on pumpkin in each bag. Lay the bags flat on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer to set. Once the pumpkin is frozen, remove the pumpkin from the cookie sheet. Stack the bags to store in the freezer.
Tip: If you are freezing pumpkin for more than a few months I recommend straining it through cheesecloth to remove as much excess water as possible.
Frozen pumpkin puree’ lasts about one year before it starts to affect the taste of your baked goods. I know people have used frozen pumpkin in recipes after two years, but I prefer to use it sooner.
I think using my crock pot pumpkin method might solve the water problem, but I’ve never tried it to be sure. We love pumpkin so much, it never lasts long enough to try!
Do you freeze your pumpkin puree’ and if so, for how long?