Why You Should Stock Up on Canned Pumpkin ASAP

updated May 1, 2019
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Canned pumpkin can be found on grocery store shelves almost year-round these days, but it only goes on super sale once a year — and the time is near. Consider this your PSA that canned pumpkin is about to be the cheapest it will be all year. Here’s everything you’ll need to know about stocking up and still having enough pumpkin to bake and cook with come next year.

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Canned Pumpkin Has a Long Shelf Life

Like a lot of canned goods, canned pumpkin has a generous shelf life, keeping well in a cool dry pantry, unopened, for at least a year. Check the best-by date at the grocery store and select cans with the furthest-away date to really bolster the life of your pumpkin purée stash.

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You Can Freeze Canned Pumpkin for Longer Storage

Once you open a can, you can absolutely keep it longer than a few days by freezing it as another way to extend the shelf life of canned pumpkin. Don’t try to freeze the pumpkin in the cans, unless you want budged and busted cans in your freezer.

How to Use Your Canned Pumpkin

Ultimately we think you should stock up on canned pumpkin when it’s cheap and plentiful because it can be baked into bread, added to chili, or swirled into smoothies for extra flavor and nutrition, but pumpkin shortages occasionally happen, and having a few in your pantry means you can enjoy pumpkin baked goods outside their warmly spiced season.