Canning pumpkin is easier than most people realize, and it’s a great way to enjoy them all year long. In this post, I’ll show you how to do it step by step, including lots of tips for the best success.
Whether you have extra from the garden or get some from the grocery store, canning pumpkin is a great way to make them last longer.
Canned pumpkin is a nice ingredient to have on hand for making soups, pies, and all your favorite recipes anytime you want.
In this article, we’re covering all you need to know about how to can pumpkin, plus tips and tricks to help you avoid common mistakes.
Best Types Of Pumpkin For Canning
Sugar and pie pumpkins (the small varieties) are the best type to use for canning, because of their natural sweetness, rich flavor, and creamy texture.
Larger more fibrous varieties are less flavorful, and can be quite stringy when cooked.
Preparing Pumpkin For Canning
Preparing your pumpkins for canning is easy. First wash them, then cut them in half and scoop out the guts and seeds.
Slice the halves into strips and remove the skin. Then cube each one into bite-sized pieces. Blanch the pieces in boiling water for 2 minutes before hot packing them into your sterilized jars.
One detail to note, it’s only safe to home-can cubed pumpkin. Puree is too dense for the heat to penetrate and kill all potential botulism spores, even with a pressure canner.
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Processing Canned Pumpkin
The safest, most reliable way to process your canned pumpkin is using a pressure canner.
Since it’s a low-acid food, water bath canning is not a safe option, because it cannot get hot enough to kill all of the harmful bacteria.
Tools & Equipment Needed
Below is a list of items you’ll need, so gather everything ahead of time to speed up the process and make it easier for you. You can see my full list of tools and supplies here.
- Pressure canner
- Pint canning jars OR use the quart size
- Sharp chef knife
- New jar lids
- Slotted spoon
- Canning funnel
- Bubble remover tool
- Jar lifting tool
- Dissolvable labels
- OR Permanent marker
How To Store Canned Pumpkin
In order for it to last the longest, you should store your canned pumpkin in a cool, dry place away from direct light. A pantry or basement shelf are examples of good spots.
As long as you store them properly, they will last up to 12 months. Always check the lid on each jar before using it, to ensure it is still sealed.
How Long Does Canned Pumpkin Last?
In the right conditions, canned pumpkin can last up to 12 months on the shelf. Be sure to write the date on each jar so you know when they will expire.
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Have more questions before you’re ready to embark on your first attempt? Here are some of the common ones that others have asked.
Why can’t you can pumpkin puree?
You can’t can pumpkin puree because it is too dense. Home equipment cannot get it hot enough to kill all of the potentially dangerous bacteria.
What’s the best way to can pumpkin?
The best way to can pumpkin is by cutting it into chunks or bite-size pieces, then blanching them for 2 minutes before packing them into the jars and processing in a pressure canner.
Can pumpkin be pressure canned?
Yes. In fact, pressure canning is the best and safest way to can pumpkin.
How do you process pumpkin for canning?
You must use a pressure canner to process pumpkin for canning, it is the only safe way to do it. Water baths won’t get them hot enough to kill all of the bacteria.
Can cooked pumpkin be canned?
Yes, cooked pumpkin can be canned, but it’s not ideal. Blanching it for 2 minutes works well, but when it’s fully cooked it tends to make become mushy and less flavorful.
Enjoy your favorite fall flavor any time of year by canning your own pumpkin. It sounds difficult, but it’s really a simple method with long-lasting, satisfying results.
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