Typical Shelf Life
- According to the Canned Food Alliance (CFA), canned goods retain their nutrients for about two years after the date they are processed. For best quality, the CFA 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, according to the USDA, as long as the can is stored in a cool, dry place.
Once opened, canned goods such as 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. Common brands like Libby's canned pumpkin always include a "best before" date. Libby's does not recommend using their canned pumpkin after the "best before" date on the top or bottom of the can.
Contact the Manufacturer
- To ensure the safety of a can of pumpkin, you might want to contact the manufacturer directly to determine the product's shelf life, particularly if you have a brand of canned pumpkin that does not have a "best before" date.