Does pancake mix go bad and for how long does it last? This is the ultimate guide about storing and using pancake mix
Pancake mix is a convenient way to make pancakes, and it usually lasts for quite a while. But does pancake mix go bad? And if so, how do you know?
In this post, we’ll take a look at the shelf life of pancake mix. And also fo some signs that it might be time to toss it out. We’ll also look at what you can do with pancake mix that has gone bad.
- What is pancake mix
- For how long does pancake mix last
- Does pancake mix go bad
- How long is pancake mix good after the expiration date
- How to tell if pancake mix has gone bad
- Is it safe to eat expired pancake mix?
- Pancake mix after expiration dates
- Does pancake mix go bad in the fridge?
- What’s the best way to store pancake mix?
What is pancake mix
Pancake mix is just a pre-made dry ingredients mix used to make pancakes.
Pancake mix contains things like dry flours, sugars and salt. It can also include other ingredients such as baking powder and flavorings such as vanilla, which may vary from brand to brand or recipe to recipe. Most pancake mixes contain wheat flour as well as a little bit of corn starch and sugar.
For how long does pancake mix last
Bu before jumping if pancake mix can go bad and how to work with it let’s get things straight about for how long does pancake mix last.
The answer is it depends.
I did some research and found out that, unless the package says otherwise, pancake mix can last for about 12 months in your pantry. So, go ahead and stock up—you’ll be able to make pancakes for breakfast all year round!
Does pancake mix go bad
There’s one factor that can affect how long pancake mix lasts
It depends how you store it.
Some store bought pancake mixes have a long shelf life. Others have a shorter one so you need to keep an eye on it to make sure you are following the manufacturer recommendations.
How long is pancake mix good after the expiration date
It is not recommended to eat pancake mix after the expiration date. You should always check the ingredients you are planning to use before using them to make sure they are within guidelines and also look and smell good.
However if your pancake mix is only expired past a couple days and it looks good and smells good (and was properly sealed and stored) you are probably good to use it.
Baking mixes usually don’t go bad (again exercise caution here), they just loose some of their properties like flavors and rising agents.
How to tell if pancake mix has gone bad
If you are not sure about your pancake mix it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
So, look for some signs that indicate that your pancake mix has gone bad.
- Mold, discoloration and any odd smells: The best way is to check for mold and other visible signs of deterioration. Mold can grow on dry mixes, so look closely at the dry mix and the bag it came in for any signs of spoilage. Also check to see if there are any visible changes to the color or texture of the pancake mix itself.
- Holes in the package, which could be an indication of insect infestation, are also a reason to think twice before using your pancake mix.
- It was unsealed: If your pancake mix is unsealed, you should treat it like any other food and toss it out.
- If you find any suspicious signs don’t take the chance and throw it out.
Of course not all foods can last for years on the shelf. But do keep in mind that these mixes were developed to store well for a long time so use safe judgment when deciding its expiration date.
Is it safe to eat expired pancake mix?
It might not be unsafe to eat expired pancake mix, but it’s never a good idea.
If you have any doubts about the safety of your pancake mix after checking for spoilage, don’t chance it! Throw it out and pick a new one. You’ll be able to save yourself from eating something that could have been spoiled.
Pancake mix after expiration dates
I found some references that say you can use pancake mix for about a year after it has passed the expiration date on the package as long as you store it properly and it looks fine, smells OK and there are no mold spots or discoloration of any type indicating spoilage. Again exercise caution with this and ALWAYS stay safe and follow manufacturer recommendations.
If you decide to use expired pancake mix (that’s safe) use 1 teaspoon more of baking powder per 3/4 cup of mix and 1 Teaspoon more of vanilla extract. Flavoring and leavenings are the things that loose more power.
Does pancake mix go bad in the fridge?
It is not recommended to store pancake mix in the fridge and actually most manufacturers advise to store it in a dry and cool place at room temperature (think your pantry).
The temperatures of the freezer and refrigerator are too extreme for pancake mix ingredients that are more sensitive to moisture, heat or light exposure.
You should also remember that many mixes contain baking powder which can loose potency when refrigerated.
What’s the best way to store pancake mix?
You are probably buying your pancake mix in a plastic bag or container.
It is not recommended to store it in either of these as they are permeable.
Some experts recommend transferring the product to an airtight glass or metal canister or jar with a tight-fitting lid for storing on the shelf.
In this case, the pancake mix will keep well for about 12 months or so.
If you are storing it in your pantry at room temperature (which is usually best), make sure to check if it has an expiration date and follow that.
The best way to store pancake mix is in an airtight container at room temperature away from light and moisture sources. If you want to freeze your pancake mix- make sure to do so in an airtight freezer bag, however keep in mind it might loose some properties.