Q. I opened several cans of pumpkin puree to make pies with, only to realize that I didn’t have enough pie crusts to make as many pies as I had originally intended. I don’t have the time to continue to make the pies any time soon, but I now have leftover pumpkin puree that I don’t know what to do with. I’ve heard that pumpkin doesn’t freeze well, and it would be a shame to see all that perfectly good puree go to waste. I would like to try to freeze it if it’s not a horrible idea. Can you freeze pumpkin puree?
A. Of course you can freeze pumpkin puree! Think about all those frozen pumpkin pies that are sold around Thanksgiving. They’re full of pumpkin puree, and they freeze just fine. There’s no reason you can’t freeze your pumpkin puree until you’re ready to use it to make some pies of your own. The key to freezing pumpkin puree successfully is making sure that it doesn’t get freezer burn, and that it doesn’t pick up any other flavours from foods in the freezer.
How to Freeze Pumpkin Puree?
To freeze pumpkin puree, make sure that it is still fresh and hasn’t been open for too long. Pumpkin puree starts to change flavour quickly, and may taste sour if it has been out for too long. No more than two days after opening for best results. Place to desired amount of pumpkin puree in a freezer bag and squeeze out the excess air. Seal and date the bag and place it in the coldest part of the freezer. If you are going to make pies with the puree, it might be a good idea to freeze the pumpkin puree in bags that are the exact quantity needed for one pie, that way you know exactly how much to thaw when you decide to bake a pie. Then you don’t have to worry about having any leftover.
How to Defrost Pumpkin Puree?
To thaw pumpkin puree, remove it from the freezer and place it in the fridge for several hours or overnight. Once thawed completely, it can be used in your favourite pie recipe. Pumpkin puree that is not spiced is also a great way to make pumpkin soup. Pumpkin puree is best used within about 3 months of freezing, but it can be safely kept for longer although it may lose some of its flavour.