Does Pumpkin Pie Need To Be Refrigerated?

Whether it's homemade pumpkin pie or store bought, learn if you need to store pumpkin pie in the fridge.

Pumpkin pie in a white baking dish with fluted edges and pastry leaves on top

So, you've baked up a beautiful homemade pumpkin pie from scratch. Or, maybe you just got home from Costco and have carried a store bought pumpkin pie from the car to the kitchen. Now what? Can that pumpkin pie stay on the counter or do you need to refrigerate it? Read on to find out!

Does Pumpkin Pie Need To Be Refrigerated?

The short and easy answer is: Yes, pumpkin pie needs to be stored in the refrigerator. The USDA advises that all "egg rich pies" must be kept refrigerated after baking and cooling. Pumpkin pie falls in this category, along with custard pie, pecan pie, and meringue pies.

This holds true whether you've baked your own pumpkin pie or brought a pumpkin pie home from the store. Both homemade and store bought pumpkin pies need to be stored in the refrigerator, not the kitchen counter.

How Long Can Pumpkin Pie Be Left At Room Temperature?

Your pumpkin pie can safely sit out on the kitchen counter for up to 2 hours, says the FDA. After that, you run the risk of bacterial growth.

How Long Does Pumpkin Pie Last?

The USDA says that pumpkin pie will last safely in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Some store bought pumpkin pies may have preservatives that could affect this, but in general pumpkin pies that are homemade or baked fresh at the bakery or store will follow this general rule.

person putting a whole pumpkin pie in the fridge

How to Store Pumpkin Pie

If you have a store bought pumpkin pie, you can simply place it in the fridge as soon as you bring it home. You can keep it in the box or container that you bought it in, or you can wrap it loosely with plastic wrap. For a freshly baked pumpkin pie, you'll have to cool it properly first.

To store a homemade pumpkin pie after baking:

  1. Remove the pumpkin pie from the oven and place it on a cooling rack.
  2. Let the pumpkin pie cool at room temperature for up to 2 hours.
  3. Once the pumpkin pie is cool to the touch, loosely wrap in plastic wrap.
  4. Place pumpkin pie in the refrigerator and store there for up to 4 days.

An important cooling tip: Ensure that your pumpkin pie is completely cool before covering. If you wrap or cover the pumpkin pie while it is even slightly warm, condensation will occur after wrapping, which will lead to a soggy crust. To avoid this, you can certainly place your pumpkin pie in the fridge uncovered and then wrap it later.

If you know you won't be serving it within a few days, you can easily freeze pumpkin pie so that it lasts longer. You can choose to freeze the whole pie, half a pie, or even a slice or two.

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