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How long would you keep opened canned pumpkin in the frig?

teriwttteriwtt Super Moderator Posts: 12,525 Super Moderator
edited November 2010 in Parent Cafe
If you've opened a can of 100% pumpkin and put it in a plastic container with a lid, how long would it then stay good in the refrigerator?

As I've mentioned on a couple of other threads, I began making my dog's food a couple of months ago when her prescription food was recalled. She initially had some very soft stools, so the vet recommended adding a tablespoon of pumpkin to each meal as it's a binder. So H picked up a large can and after we went through over half of it, she had a minor setback. I wondered if the pumpkin had maybe gone bad, so I threw it out and we started buying smaller cans. This last can was opened just over a week ago, and again, kept in a plastic container with a lid. Yesterday my dog threw up the meal she'd eaten eight hours later, then began to have diarrhea, which lasted all night long. I called the vet this morning and am waiting for her to call me back, but one of the questions the receptionist had for me was, had her diet changed recently. I told her no, then started thinking about the pumpkin after I got off of the phone with her. When the vet calls me back I will mention the length of time we kept the last batch in the container, but I'd like to know (for future purposes) how long each new opened can should last without worrying.
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Replies to: How long would you keep opened canned pumpkin in the frig?

  • nj2011momnj2011mom Registered User Posts: 2,885 Senior Member
    no more than a week. In my house leftover cooked meat & fish are kept no more than 2-3 days. Vegetables & starches up to a week.

    Pumpkin freezes quite well, so I would suggest freezing it in ice cube trays, storing the cubes in a ziplock and thawing just what you need.
  • archiemomarchiemom Registered User Posts: 1,616 Senior Member
    I have also kept opened canned pumpkin in the fridge for a week with no known consequences (to people); however, I baked with the remainder, so the heat may have helped. I also stored it in a zip-lock bag with all of the extra air squeezed out. nj's ice cube idea is a really good one. I use it for left over tomato sauce.
  • LongPrimeLongPrime - Posts: 5,208 Senior Member
    Our doors used to lick the floors and our faces.
    Our dogs used to eat outdoor dead things.
    I think that canned pumpkin thats stored in a sealed container, in the frig is better than that other stuff,

    Bon appetif
  • teriwttteriwtt Super Moderator Posts: 12,525 Super Moderator
    Oh believe me, my dog has made a habit of eating rabbit poop appetizers, which is why we never allow her to lick us in the face (unless I've just picked her up from the vet after having had her teeth cleaned).

    However, this is a 15 1/2 year old dog with kidney and liver issues. At 5 or 10 her system might not have responded as severely as at this age. The food that I make her also has white rice in it, so she does get a double whammy of 'binders' in her meals.

    Spoke to the vet, and she agrees with me that pumpkin over a week could easily cause the problem, so I will take nj2011mom's advice and start freezing it. Reminds me of the days when I used to make my kids' baby food and freeze it in ice cube trays. She also put her on Flagyl and a probiotic, which is what she was on just over a month ago when she was having this problem... and it took care of it. After getting up every hour and a half to two hours last night, I hope they've started to kick in! I must have cleaned up 20 spots on the carpet at midnight with the Bissel Little Green Machine, then put blankets and towels down around our bedroom floor. Then I only had to pick up a blanket or towel and throw it in the washing machine (I did two loads of laundry during the night!).

    You know... pumpkin in poop is hard to get out of carpet, just in case any of you ever needed to know this.
  • MaterMiaMaterMia Registered User Posts: 1,155 Senior Member
    This would make a great book ... "Everything I needed to know in life, I learned on CC." Chapter One - Pumpkin poop is hard to get out of the carpet!
  • LongPrimeLongPrime - Posts: 5,208 Senior Member
    spit on the poop. rub it in. Do it again - A Big glob of a Spit.

    Human spit has amylase that breaks down starch.
  • SchokoladeSchokolade Registered User Posts: 1,111 Senior Member
    One of my favorite websites is still tasty dot com. It tells how long various foods retain their quality. It says that opened, canned pumpkin, stored in a glass or plastic container in the refrigerator, should last 5 - 7 days. I would go with 5!
  • teriwttteriwtt Super Moderator Posts: 12,525 Super Moderator
    Schokolade - THANK YOU so much... that is very helpful information, not just for the pumpkin. I always wonder about how long to keep things and this site is now bookmarked!
  • teriwttteriwtt Super Moderator Posts: 12,525 Super Moderator
    LongPrime - there is not enough spit in my mouth to cover what I had to clean up last night. Imagine this (not for the weak at heart)... she'd 'relieve herself', take a couple of steps forward, realize she needed to relieve herself again, take another couple-three steps forward, relieve herself again and on and on. Now granted, each 'relief product' was about the size of a dime, but imagine about 20 dimes around your bedroom floor. And there were a few 'just getting started' larger deposits thrown in for fun.

    But tonight the blankets and towels are down so if we have a repeat performance, I'll just throw it in the washing machine and put down a clean one.

    Yea, not enough spit. My Bissel did the trick.
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