Canned pumpkin is a great ingredient you can use to make a nice hot bowl of pumpkin soup or to add an earthy flavor to all sorts of dishes. What’s great about canned pumpkin is that you can easily buy it from your local supermarket, and you can buy a lot if you it ever goes on sale since it comes with a pretty good shelf life.
But how long does canned pumpkin last? I know that you are aware that most canned goods come with an expiration date label, but that isn’t really accurate at all. Read on to know more about canned pumpkins and how you can make them last longer.
Canned Goods Shelf Life
Canned food usually comes with a date label that either tells you the best before date or the exact expiration date. Though I do appreciate the maker’s effort at including the expiration date, I still do not rely on the labelled date because in my experience, it is frequently inaccurate.
A lot of factors can heavily affect the expiration date of your canned goods. Here are a couple of things that can influence the expiration date of canned food:
Opened VS. Unopened
As with any type of food, the way you store it will significantly affect its shelf life. If you were to put an unopened can of food in your pantry, it may last for months or even years. If you however, put an opened canned food in your pantry, it may only last for days since the food inside the can is open to all sorts of contaminants that can add spoilage causing bacteria to the food.
The expiration date of your canned food can also be highly affected by its environment’s temperature. If you were to store your unopened and opened canned goods in a fridge or a freezer, it will most likely have a longer shelf life than when stored in a pantry at room temperature.
If you have opened your canned food, it would be wise to transfer it into a plastic or glass container. Canned foods usually come in metal cans that can rust when exposed to liquid and air.
So if you were to store an opened can of food for some time, it is not impossible to see rust form in the insides of the can since canned food usually come with liquids that can lead to corrosion. And aside from rust, storing food in an open metal can for a long time can also make your food have a metallic taste.
Once you open your canned food, it is severely prone to contamination. One common cause of early spoilage is the use of used spoons, forks, or other utensils when getting food from the can or container.
Doing so instantly puts spoilage causing bacteria into your food, making it have an earlier expiration date than expected. To avoid contamination, you must only use clean utensils to get food from the can. You should also make an effort to cover the can or any food container with an airtight lid.
Canned Pumpkin Shelf Life
As I have mentioned before, a lot of factors can heavily influence the expiration date of canned foods. When it comes to canned pumpkin, an unopened can stored in a cool dry place like a pantry can last from 1 year up to 2 years.
An opened can on the other hand, can last from 2 days up to 3 days when stored at room temperature, assuming that you placed it in another container. If refrigerated, an opened can of pumpkin can last from 5 days up to a whole week. When frozen solid and put in an airtight container, a can of pumpkin can las from 2 months up to 3 months.
How To Tell When Your Canned Pumpkin Has Gone Bad
When it comes to telling whether your food has gone bad, there is nothing else better to rely on that your sense of sight and sense of smell.
When looking for signs of spoilage, you should look out for molds building up in the surface of your food, rust forming in the can if you didn’t transfer the food in another container, weird food consistencies, changes in color, bad odors, or anything that’s just out of the ordinary.
If you think that there’s something wrong with your food, just throw it away and don’t risk your health trying to taste it just to figure out if it’s okay.
A Quick Recap
Canned pumpkin is a great ingredient that you can instantly use to create all sorts of dishes in your kitchen. If you are a constant user of canned pumpkin, or any other type of canned food, you must be mindful of the proper ways to store it so that you would be able to enjoy an extended shelf-life.
However, even though you have properly stored your food, you should always play it safe and check for signs of spoilage before you eat it or use it with other meals.
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