Many people like the taste of pumpkin. Pumpkin becomes abundant in the fall, and sometimes it can be purchased fresh at a very good price. You may have wondered how to store fresh pumpkin.
Actually, if a whole pumpkin isn’t cut open, it can be stored at room temperature for at least a couple of months in the average home. Once a pumpkin is cut open, it must be placed in the refrigerator or freezer if it will be eaten. Cut pieces of pumpkin can be placed in the refrigerator and stored for up to 3 days, or 6 to 8 months in the freezer. Cooked fresh pumpkin lasts about 7 days in the refrigerator, or 6 to 8 months in the freezer.
When you cut fresh pumpkin, you should consider how you will be using it. Remove the skin from the pieces before freezing if you will be freezing it fresh, so that they are prepared for easy cooking later. You can also make cooked puree easily by baking the pumpkin in the shell after the seeds have been removed. Be sure to pierce the pumpkin before baking so that steam can escape.
Once you have learned how to store fresh pumpkin, it’s likely that you will want to buy more of it the next time you see it at a good price.