How Long Is Pumpkin Pie Good For?

Here's how long store-bought or homemade pumpkin pie lasts in the fridge, on the counter, and in the freezer. Plus, we share how to tell if it's gone bad.

For many people, Thanksgiving is not complete until pumpkin pie is served. On the day of, you might be tempted to bake the pie early in the morning and then leave it on the counter while you focus on the turkey and delicious side dishes. But is it okay to sit out?

Generally, once cut, all pies should be wrapped and refrigerated. But if you're baking your pie ahead of time, here's how long you can store homemade pumpkin pie, how the rules change for store-bought pies, and how to tell if pumpkin pie has gone bad.

How Long Does Pumpkin Pie Last on the Counter?

Whether you've baked your pumpkin pie using filling from a can or from actual fresh pumpkin, the rules are the same. Because it's made of custard (which includes milk and eggs), pumpkin pie is less forgiving than fruit-filled pies and cannot be left on the counter for too long.

So how long does pumpkin pie last at room temperature? Because bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 F and 140 F, pumpkin pie is only good for two hours sitting out at room temperature. After that, refrigerate your pie.

However, store-bought pumpkin pie is more forgiving thanks to preservatives. Look to the date on the package. If the pumpkin pie was sitting at room temperature in the store, it can continue to be stored on your counter until the sell-by date. In general, store-bought pies last two to four days after their printed date in the refrigerator and about six to nine months in the freezer. Pumpkin pies purchased from bakeries likely do not contain preservatives and, therefore, should be treated like a homemade pie.

How Long Does Pumpkin Pie Last in the Fridge?

Freshly baked pumpkin pie will keep for about three to four days in the fridge. You should cover it loosely with aluminum foil or plastic wrap to store. Because pumpkin pie is delicious cold, you can serve it straight from the fridge (with plenty of whipped cream, if you please). If you prefer, you could take it out of the fridge a couple hours beforehand so it comes to room temperature safely.

How to Freeze and Thaw Homemade Pie

Frozen homemade pumpkin pie will stay good for up to one month if you want your bake your dessert ahead of Thanksgiving. Here's how to freeze it:

  1. Bake the pie in a disposable aluminum pie pan to avoid ice crystals.
  2. Cool it completely to avoid affecting the texture of your crust.
  3. Tightly seal the pie with multiple layers of plastic wrap then a single layer of foil for extra protection.
  4. Place on a level freezer shelf where the pie will stay for up to a month.
  5. The day before Thanksgiving, remove your pie from the freezer and its coverings. You should defrost frozen pumpkin pie in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours. Do not thaw it on the counter as that can result in a soggy crust.
  6. When it comes time to serve, cover up any dips or blemishes with whipped cream.

How Do You Know if a Pie's Gone Bad?

Look for any "off" smell or appearance. And, of course, if mold appears, toss that pie.

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