Can you freeze 100 pure pumpkins?

In this brief guide, we’ll address the query: “Can you freeze 100% pure pumpkin?” Also, we’ll explore how 100% pure pumpkin can be frozen,  what 100% pure pumpkin is, how it is canned, what its nutritional content is, and if it’s healthy to eat. 

Can you freeze 100% pure pumpkin?

Yes, Libby’s 100% pure pumpkin, along with other canned pumpkin purees, can be frozen 

Once the canned puree has been opened, it must be stored, either refrigerated or frozen, to prevent the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms. 

Frozen pumpkin puree can keep for up to one year, while stored in subzero temperatures. 

How can I freeze 100% pure pumpkin?   

Freezing 100% pure pumpkin, or any other brand of canned pumpkin, for that matter, can be achieved simply by placing it in a zip-sealing freezer bag and squeezing out all the air (to avoid freeze burn) before closing it, and storing it at a subzero temperature.  

Once frozen, canned pumpkin will keep for up to one year, but peaks before three months. It will not spoil, only lose its texture past this period. 

When it’s needed, 100% pure pumpkin can be defrosted overnight at a refrigeration temperature of 5°C, but the process can be sped up by placing it in cold running water or heating it at a high microwave setting, at which point it must be wholly used, and cannot be stored for later use, at the risk of microbes growing on its surface and spoiling it. 

If spoiled, pumpkin puree will have telltale signs such as bacterial colonies, mold, and give off odd, unpleasant smells, at which point it must be discarded. 

What is 100% pure pumpkin

Libby’s 100% pure pumpkin is a brand of canned pumpkin, or pumpkin puree, which has been packaged in a tin can, sealed, and pasteurized to preserve it for an extended time. It is harvested from a unique squash variety called Dickinson’s.

Additionally, fresh conventional pumpkins are seasonal; they’re harvested in the fall and perishable; unopened, they wilt and begin to decompose within 3 months, and once they’ve been cut open, they’ll keep for up to five days, if they’re hastily refrigerated. 

Sugar pumpkins, which are a type of squash (although, technically, so are traditional jack-o-lantern pumpkins) are better suited to baking and cooking than traditional pumpkins, as they are sweeter, have more consistent flesh (that is less stringy) and are also more colorful. It is from these sugar pumpkins that canned pumpkin is extracted from.

Canning, as a process, greatly extends the shelf life of a product and economizes space.  In the case of sugar pumpkins, it provides a convenient approach to offering pumpkin puree all throughout the year. 

How is 100% pure pumpkin canned? 

Libby’s 100% pure pumpkin puree is canned by first processing Dickinson squashes, cleaning off any debris, vines, or imperfections from their surface, and then chopping them into quarters so they can be checked for any signs of subpar quality. 

Substandard sugar pumpkins are discarded, and the remaining quality ones are then mashed using a wilting machine. Once they’ve been ground, the surplus water is removed, and the ground pumpkin is strained to remove the peel and seeds. 

Once the fine, creamy sugar pumpkin puree has been strained, it can be packaged into cans without any preservatives, sealed, and then pasteurized, after which it will have a shelf life of up to two years.

What is the nutritional content of 100% pure pumpkin

A 122 gram serving of Libby’s 100% pure pumpkin contains; 

  • 50 calories
  • 1 gram of protein
  • 0.5 grams of fat
  • 10 grams of carbohydrates of which 3 grams are dietary fiber, and 4 grams are sugar,
  • And 5 milligrams of sodium.

Additionally, it contains vitamin C, iron, calcium, and vitamin A. 

Is 100% pure pumpkin healthy to eat? 

Libby’s 100% pure pumpkin on its own is healthy to eat, as it is a source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, iron, calcium, and vitamin C. However, when stacked up against fresh pumpkin puree, the vitamin C content maybe a little less in canned puree, on account of being cooked. 

Pumpkin 

As a general rule when shopping for canned pumpkins or any other canned products, it’s important to note that each brand has its own recipe and may add preservatives such as additional sodium or sugars. 

Patients looking to moderate their sugar and sodium intake should beware of added sugars and salt, as some brands may be more consumer-friendly in this regard.   

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Conclusion

In this brief guide, we’ve addressed the query: “Can you freeze 100% pure pumpkin?” Also, we’ve explored how 100% pure pumpkin can be frozen,  what 100% pure pumpkin is, how it is canned, what its nutritional content is, and if it’s healthy to eat. 

References

https://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/18126

https://www.treehugger.com/how-freeze-leftover-pumpkin-puree-4868696

https://greatist.com/eat/canned-pumpkin-puree-is-actually-squash#So,-What-Is-the-Difference-Between-Pumpkins-and-Squash?

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/what-happens-if-you-eat-too-much-salt#:~:text=The%20bottom%20line,left%20untreated%2C%20can%20be%20fatal.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/pumpkin/faq-20058106#:~:text=Fresh%20foods%20generally%20have%20a,and%20heavy%20for%20their%20size.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/added-sugar/art-20045328

https://www.heb.com/product-detail/libby-s-100-pure-pumpkin/119584

https://www.today.com/food/how-libby-s-canned-pumpkin-puree-made-t167095

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