Canned goods have a longer shelf life than most pantry items, but they don’t last forever. Handy for making pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread, canned pumpkin is simply the vegetable in a pureed form. Canned pumpkin pie mix is slightly different because it already contains pumpkin spice mix. Both have the same shelf life.

Typical Shelf Life

Canned goods retain their nutrients for about two years after the date they are processed. For best quality, the Canned Food Alliance recommends eating canned goods within the two-year time frame, but they should still be safe to eat within five years of the processing date, as long as the can is stored in a cool, dry place. Once opened, canned pumpkin will last about three days.

Check the Date

Canned goods usually have a “best before” date or a code somewhere on the can to help determine the processing date and the can’s total shelf life. Some also include a “best before” date. Libby’s does not recommend using its canned pumpkin after the “best before” date on the top or bottom of the can.

Can Problems

If the can is bulging, rusted, has holes or large dents, you should throw the pumpkin out. Cans that have been pierced in any way may contain dangerous bacteria that could make you sick. Don’t open the can to check it if it has these problems. Throw it straight in the trash.