Shelf Life of
Pumpkin

How Long Do Pumpkins Last?

How Long Do Pumpkins Last?

How Long Do Pumpkins Last

How long do pumpkins last? Pumpkins are one variety of winter squash. They are a great sources of vitamins A and C, iron and riboflavin if consumed (and provide a lovely decoration for Halloween if not). The shelf life of pumpkin is tricky because there is no sell by date, use by date or best before date attached anywhere to the squash. For eat by date purposes, the sell by date is the date that they were purchased.

So, how long do pumpkins last past the sell by date? When properly stored, the shelf life of pumpkin past its date purchased is approximately …

Unopened Counter Refrigerator
Fresh Pumpkins last for 2-3 Months 3-5 Months
Canned Pumpkin lasts for 1-2 Years 1-2 Years
Opened Refrigerator Freezer
Fresh Cut Pumpkins last for 2-3 Days 6-8 Months
Cooked Pumpkin lasts for 7 Days 6-8 Months
Canned Pumpkin lasts for 7 Days 3-5 Months
Pumpkin Pie lasts for 3-4 Days 4-6 Months


How to tell if pumpkin is bad, rotten or spoiled?

When a pumpkin goes bad, it will first begin to get soft on the bottom and then start leaking liquid. This is followed very quickly by mold in multiple colors, please throw it out before it gets to this point! They degrade very fast once they begin to get soft.

If you’ve turned your pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern, expect it to begin this process in 3-5 days from the point that it was stabbed. So, if you want your pumpkin to last longer, paint a face on it instead because a cut pumpkin won’t last that long.

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness.

How to store pumpkins to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food.
Unopened pumpkin, fresh or canned, keeps great in a cool dark place like the pantry.
Once opened, pumpkin will keep best in an airtight container in the fridge.
Likewise, jack-o-lantern will thrive better outside in a cooler environments.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

How long is pumpkin good for when prepared in a dish?

How long do pumpkins last? That depends. How long does pie crust last? In general, foods will only last as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the prepared dish. In the case of pie, the liquid from the filling will make the pie crust soggy and undesirable. To find out how long the other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date!

What are our shelf life resources?

Our shelf life content for fresh fruits and vegetables incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the how long do pumpkins last.

*An important note about expiration dates …

Although the how long do pumpkins last information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion. So, how long will food last? Let’s find out!