When we buy or are given a pumpkin as a gift, it is not usually an individual quantity that allows us to consume it in a couple of days. On the contrary, we usually get together with a large quantity, and finishing it before it goes bad is sometimes mission impossible.
How long do pumpkins last?
Pumpkins are a variety of winter squash. They are a great source of vitamins A and C, iron, and riboflavin if consumed (and provide adorable Halloween decor whether or not!).
Pumpkin shelf life is tricky because there is no sell-by-date, use-by-date, or even an expiration date attached to the pumpkin. For the purposes of eating by date, the sell-by date is the date they were purchased.
However, this does not mean that we should stop eating it. Pumpkin has a lot of properties that make it a wonderful food for our diet.
We should not see them as a Halloween decoration but as 90% water, few calories, lots of vitamins and minerals, and a high fiber content. It is a great ally for blood pressure and helps us to regulate glucose levels, as well as our intestinal transit.
How do you know if pumpkins are bad, rotten, or spoiled?
Practicing proper food safety and sanitation techniques will help prevent foodborne illness.
When a pumpkin goes bad, it will first begin to soften at the bottom and then begin to leak liquid. This is followed very quickly by mold in multiple colors, please throw it out before it gets to this point!
They degrade very quickly once they start to soften. If you have turned your pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern, expect it to start this process in 3-5 days from the point it was stabbed. So, if you want your pumpkin to last longer, paint a face instead because a cut pumpkin won’t last as long.
Of course, there are certain health risks associated with spoiled food, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your food before its shelf life has expired.
Do you know how to store it correctly? We bring you 4 infallible tricks to keep the pumpkin for much longer in perfect condition and without spoiling easily.
From now on you can enjoy this delicious food on multiple occasions without having to consume it quickly. Let’s see it!
Tips for keeping pumpkin in perfect condition
1 Keep it raw
To keep the pumpkin in the best conditions, it must be protected from heat and light. Therefore, it is advisable that they are not in the refrigerator but rather in a pantry or cool place, with a temperature between 10 and 16 degrees, and preferably whole and not cut. If we are forced to put it in the refrigerator, it will be better to refrigerate it with a film.
2 Freeze the pumpkin
Freezing is one of the best options since it allows us to keep it in the freezer for months and not worry about it. In this case, we will keep it raw (although later we will tell you how to freeze it already cooked).
What are the steps to follow? Peel the pumpkin and cut it into squares of an acceptable size.
Think if you prefer small squares so you can make several bags or larger ones so you can defrost directly the piece you want.
After this, clean the pumpkin and make sure there are no seeds left. Finally, put it in different freezer bags and that’s it!
When you want to use it, take out the piece or pieces you want and let it thaw in the air a few hours before.
Having a vacuum sealer at home is wonderful for when we want to preserve some foods for a longer period of time. In this case, we recommend peeling and cutting the pumpkin into small cubes.
Wash it well before storing it and distribute the pieces in different bags according to the quantities you want.
Keep in mind that once you open a bag you will have to use it up, so it is a good idea to plan the amount you are going to distribute in each bag, and then vacuum-pack them.
4. Freezing pumpkin puree or pumpkin cream
Another option is to cook pumpkin dishes and then freeze them. Both pumpkin puree and pumpkin cream withstand freezing very well and if you see that the texture changes after defrosting, pay attention to the trick we are going to tell you.
To begin with, we will put the diced pumpkin in the microwave with salt to cook for 10 minutes. Then we will beat them and eliminate the excess water so that it does not become too watery.
When it has cooled down, we pack it in a bag or in a Tupper. When you want to consume it just let it thaw and if you see that the texture has changed a little, pass the pumpkin through the blender again and you will have a perfect texture.
Also, after defrosting, you can add a boiled potato or cheese to give a touch to your puree.
That’s it! Now that you know how to preserve pumpkin perfectly, all that’s left is to enjoy this tasty food.