Can Pancake Mix Go Bad?

Pancakes are quintessential breakfast food because they are delicious, filling, and versatile. Depending on the add-ons, you can whip up savory or sweet pancakes. While you can make pancakes from scratch, it is much more convenient to stock up on pancake mix. Pancake mix products are widely available in local supermarkets and are quite affordable! They make morning breakfast preps so much simpler! But what if you have too many boxes of pancake mix in stock? Can pancake mix go bad?

Can Pancake Mix Go Bad?

Pancake mix is not impervious to spoilage but it should keep for a long time since it is sold in powder form. The lack of moisture helps extend the shelf life of the mix. That being said, proper storage is still important to stretch the storage life of pancake mix.

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A box of pancake mix must be kept sealed at all times to minimize air exposure and decrease the risk of mold growth. The fact is, pancake mix is prone to mold growth especially when it is kept somewhere humid.

Signs that Pancake Mix Has Gone Bad

What signs should you look for when checking if the box of pancake mix you kept for so long is still safe to eat? Start by checking the texture, color, or flavor of the mix. If the pancake mix powder developed an off odor or it emits a moldy odor, the product is no longer safe to eat. If you see flecks of blue-green spots all over the mix, that’s mold. Toss the pancake mix in the trash when you see signs of mold growth.

How to Store Pancake Mix?

The best way to store sealed, unopened boxes of pancake mix is in the pantry, at room temperature. Since the powdered product is kept sealed in its original packaging, it is safe to keep the product on the kitchen counter or the cabinet. Always keep the product in a cool, dry place away from sources of moisture.

As for opened boxes of pancake mix, it is best to transfer the product to an airtight container then store in the pantry. If you made pancake batter from scratch, you can store it in the fridge. Pour the product in an airtight container or a mixing bowl. Seal the container, write the storage date then stick in the fridge. If you used a mixing bowl, just cover it with cling wrap then store in the fridge.

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When kept in the pantry, sealed, unopened packs of pancake mix will keep for 12 months, maybe longer when storage conditions are ideal. On the other hand, opened boxes of pancake mix will keep in the fridge for six months or less. For homemade pancake batter (liquid), this will only keep for a week or less. Dry homemade pancake mix has a long shelf life than the batter, maybe two weeks or more when kept in a sealed container.

Can You Freeze Pancake Batter?

Dry pancake batter doesn’t require freezing at all. As long as the product is kept in a cool, dry place, the pancake mix will last for more than a year. But for homemade pancake batter, you can freeze it but expect clumping or separation between ingredients once the product has been thawed. Just give the defrosted batter a good mix to incorporate all the ingredients prior to cooking.

Summary

Waking up to a pile of pancakes is the best way to start the day! If you love pancakes, then go ahead and store several boxes of pancake mix in the pantry. Can pancake mix go bad? Pancake mix won’t keep forever but it has a long shelf life. You can use up your supply in no time at all!

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