Does Pancake Mix Go Bad?[The Ultimate Pancake Mix Guide]


You found the expired pancake mix you put in the pantry a long time ago and wonder: does pancake mix go bad? Read on to learn everything you need to know about storage, shelf life, food safety, and going bad of pancake mixes.

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Pancakes are a favorite breakfast food for many Americans. However, some people don’t know how to tell if the pancake mix they have is bad.

This article will help you understand the shelf life of pancake mix. We will also discuss the safety, storage, spoilage, etc. of pancake mix.

Does Pancake Mix Go Bad? Yes, pancake mix goes bad, but the time frame can be anywhere from about 3 months to 2 years. Pancake mix comes with a shelf life of 6-12 months, but their effectiveness usually extends to 2-3 additional months.

How To Store Pancake Mix?

You should store pancake mix in a cool dry place. The refrigerator is not recommended because the humidity may shorten its shelf life. Also, check the sell-by date on the bag and buy only what you need for easy use.

It is better to store pancake mix in an airtight container. You can make up your own batch of mix or follow a recipe in a cookbook. Mixes have an indefinite shelf life if they are stored properly. This makes pancake mix a good pantry staple to keep on hand for breakfast.

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If you plan not to use pancake mix regularly, then you might freeze them into smaller bags if they are unopened or resealable containers if they are opened. It is important to add an oxygen absorber along with the mix in the bag or container, and then tightly seal it closed. This will prevent freezer burn as well as extending its shelf life significantly longer than without using it at all.

Keep pancakes refrigerated once you have opened the package and prepare them right away. But, don’t put the pancake mix directly in the refrigerator because moisture content may make it dry out faster.

Pancakes that are leftover should be refrigerated or frozen for the next day’s breakfast. You can heat them up by grilling them on a pan or place them in an oven to reheat them without drying out their flavor.

If you need to thaw the pancake mix, then place it in the refrigerator overnight to use at your next mealtime. Pancakes that have been frozen will take several hours of thawing time before they can be placed in a pan and cooked. Place an unopened package of pancakes in room-temperature water for a few hours to thaw the mix.

When it comes to storing different types of pancake mix, you should select an area that is cool and dry. The pantry or under the counter in your kitchen are suitable areas for storage. You may even put it in the freezer if you have a tight seal container such as a freezer bag.

Never store pancake mixes next to potatoes because they will spoil faster in that environment. Also, protect it from bright light and heat exposure to prevent discoloration of the packaging.

You should save some room in your freezer if you want to store pancake mix for a long period because freezer burn can happen quickly when it is stored improperly. It is important to keep the area clean and dry when you are storing pancake mix in the freezer.

How To Tell Pancake Mix Is Bad?

How to tell if pancake mix is bad, rotten, or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the pancake mix: if it develops a bad odor, texture changes, and looks suspicious – don’t use it!

If you follow these simple steps, you will be able to determine if the pancake mix is still good or bad:

  • There’s mold or other foreign material on the pancake mix.
  • It smells rotten or spoiled.
  • The package has holes, or the packaging is damaged.
  • The pancakes are spongy or have an off texture and flavor.
  • You stored an open mix unsealed for too long.

What To Do With Bad Pancake Mix?

If your pancake mix has become bad, you should dispose of it properly, so that no other animals or human beings can consume the potentially hazardous mix. Contact your local authorities to find out how you should discard spoiled and expired foods in your area. If you have pets, make sure that you keep the pancakes away from your animals: they should not eat this food either.

To sum up, always remember to check the pancake mix if it is still good and use it as soon as possible!

Is It Safe to Use Expired Pancake Mix?

Is It Safe To Use Expired Pancake Mix? This question may seem like an odd one, but it is important to know whether expired or spoiled pancakes are safe to consume.

Pancake mix does not expire like many other foods because it has a freeze-dried ingredient–egg whites–which doesn’t go bad

Pancakes are also cooked so that the pancake batter sits on top of the heat, and anything at the bottom – including expired ingredients – will cook off. 

Pancakes can be eaten if they’re still fresh but once you’ve mixed them with eggs, you have to cook them or they’ll be gross. 

So while using an expired pancake mix isn’t ideal, pancakes don’t go bad for this reason and people eat raw cake batter too when making cakes without worrying about eating ruined ingredients beforehand.

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Using Expired Pancake Mix

Having the safety aspect out of the way, let’s talk about using a mix that’s passed its date.

Expired pancake mix can be used to make pancakes, cake, or anything else you’d find a normal box of pancake mix. Don’t worry about it being expired!

The basic rule is that if the mix tastes fine (the expiration date on most boxes is for taste rather than safety), then it’s good to use. Just like with many other foods, natural flavors and other ingredients may break down over time, but that doesn’t mean it will make you sick or taste weird!

We recently found a box of pancake mix hidden in our pantry. It expired in 2016–5 years ago! My husband insisted we had better vanquish it. I was skeptical, to say the least.

It turns out, our fearless testers had a collective ‘meh’ over the pancakes made with the expired mix but admitted they were edible and good enough for kids to eat.

We found that when using pancake mixes that are past their expiration date, like any recipe with baking powder and/or soda, we had to add about one additional teaspoon of both baking powder AND baking soda.

Changing the recipe this way is not a bad thing–it’s actually a good thing! The extra leavening agents ensure your pancakes will get fluffy and light.

The flavor was not noticeably different… tasted pretty much like a normal pancake.

In fact, the pancakes made from the expired mix actually got better with age, if you can imagine that! The flavor of these pancakes was light and fluffy, not heavy and dense.

So next time your cupboards are running low on breakfast supplies, see what treasures you can find lurking in your pantry. We are pretty confident that your pancakes will be just fine with a box of mix that has been sitting there for months (years?) past the expiration date!


Can you get sick from pancake mix?

Pancake mix typically contains one or more of the following ingredients that are potential allergens: soy flour, wheat flour, oat fiber, or whey.

The allergic person’s immune system reacts to proteins in these substances that would otherwise be harmless and create antibodies to protect against harmful invaders. Every time a new dose of these substances reaches the cells, the immune system recognizes them as foreign objects invading the body and sets off an allergy response like swelling and hives. Unfortunately for people with food allergies, there is no cure for this potentially dangerous circumstance- although there are some management techniques available to help minimize exposure to potential allergens.

Does pancake mix get moldy?

Pancake mix is commonly sold in containers with an expiration date or can be stored for about six months in the pantry if you use your own container.

A study on pancake mixes by Consumer Reports found that 73% had mold when they tried it after two months.

The first thing to do would be to visually check what’s inside your container of pancake mix and see if there are any signs of mold. If so, discard and replace it.

Second, make sure that you store your pancakes in a cool dry area away from direct sunlight- this will protect your pancake mixes against the growth of mold spores as well.

Does pancake mix need eggs?

Pancake mix does not need eggs to make the pancakes. The egg only serves as an emulsifier for the pancake batter and also to increase the protein content of the finished product.

Pancakes are made with various types of flour, water, baking powder, salt, sugar (optional), and vegetable oil such as soybean or canola oil. Eggs are not needed in a typical pancake recipe. There is a widely replicated urban myth that adding eggs to any type of pancake mix will cause better texture and lighter cakes because it adds more protein, which helps give elasticity when frying them on a griddle.

Why does my pancake batter turn GREY?

There are many reasons why pancake batter might turn greyish, but the most common one is because you’re cooking them too long. Pancakes have milk in them, and that’s what actually gives them their color. If you cook your pancakes for 4 minutes, they should have way less milk than if you cooked them for 7 minutes. The higher heat also changes proteins in the flour, which causes the grayer appearance of your pancakes. This doesn’t mean they aren’t tasty (they still will be!), just not as bright a color as when they are fresh out of the pan! 

Pancake batter turning greasy or black usually means it’s over-beaten or has been sitting on the counter too long.


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