With the holiday season coming up, many people start thinking and planning all of the delicious food they’ll make. One such holiday staple is the pumpkin pie. Pumpkin pie has been a holiday favorite for many families for years, and for good reason.
While pumpkin pie may be delicious, it’s important to remember that if it’s not store-bought, and therefore full of preservatives, it may not last as long. Because of this, one should always properly refrigerate their pumpkin pie. However, depending on the ingredients and how you store it, your pie may last longer or shorter.
But how long does pumpkin pie last when stored in a refrigerator? How long does it last on the counter?
How Long Pumpkin Pie Lasts?
|Pumpkin Pie Storage||Lifespan|
|On the counter||2-3 Hours|
|Fridge (Covered)||2-4 Days|
|Fridge (Uncovered)||2-5 Days|
It comes as no surprise that pumpkin pie left on the counter won’t last very long. Because of this, the FDA recommends that a pumpkin pie only be left on the counter for 2-3 hours, after that, the pie may begin to grow harmful bacteria and become unsafe. But how long will it last otherwise?
In the fridge, covered: If a pumpkin pie is properly covered and stored in a refrigerator, one can expect the pie to last anywhere from 2 to 4 days. While you may be able to push the time limit by a day or two, it’s probably not recommended, or completely safe.
In the fridge, uncovered: If a pumpkin pie is stored in a refrigerator uncovered, you could probably expect it to keep for about 2 to 5 days. An uncovered pie is more susceptible to bacteria and fridge odors as well.
Overall, a freshly baked pumpkin pie will usually last for about two to four days. Any more than this may be unsafe and unsanitary unless the pie has added preservatives to help it stay fresh longer.
Why Pumpkin Pie Last That Long?
The reason why a freshly baked pumpkin pie will only last up to four days is because of the lack of preservatives. When you buy a pumpkin pie from the store, it’s loaded with preservatives to make the pie stay shelf stable for longer. A store-bought pie will stay good at least up until the date on the package.
If you were to add preservatives to your homemade pumpkin pie, the shelf life would be much longer, just as store-bought pies are. However, this is more difficult and not may not taste as well either.
Homemade pumpkin pies are made with plenty of perishable ingredients, and because of this, the pie will only stay good for so long. As with anything that is perishable, proper refrigeration and storage methods should always be followed to ensure the safety of those who will consume it.
A pumpkin pie will only stay fresh for as long as the ingredients its made with can stay fresh for. Because of this, one should only keep a pumpkin pie for up to four days, five or six maximum if you’re willing to risk your safety.
Be sure to properly store and refrigerate all homemade pies, not only for safety reasons but flavor reasons too. Nobody wants to eat a pie that tastes old and stale.