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How long can pancake batter keep?

I used to always make a big batch of pancakes on the weekend then freeze the leftovers. They froze very well, with wax or parchment paper in between each one, then I could cook them as needed in the microwave or toaster-oven.

But now my 10-year-old daughter has decided that she doesn't like frozen pancakes anymore. So now I fix the batter and then just cook one or two -- that's all she'll eat at once. So, how long can I keep the batter in the fridge? Two days, I'm sure of. Can I go beyond that? Or, could I freeze the batter? What do you think?

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  1. No disrespect but, who runs the kitchen...you or your 10 year old...?... make the minimum amount of batter you can with one egg... does she eat pancakes every day?..if so, just keep them in the fridge instead of freezing them, the texture may be better...and maybe offer up some new toppings...I wouldn't keep mixed batter for more than a day ...

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    1. re: LenaNE

      I think the question was in reference to Pancake batter keeping in the fridge; not parental advice.

      1. re: LenaNE

        That's a smart 10 year old. There's no way a frozen pancake tastes as good as one fresh from the griddle. I think she's on her way to running a kitchen.

      2. Well, it doesn't do me much good to make pancakes, freeze the batter, re-heat and serve and then throw them away! And no, I don't endlessly cater to a little dictator -- but if it's not inconvenient, I am willing to take into account my family's preferences. Like most people, she doesn't eat the same breakfast every day, and she prefers her pancakes without any topping at all. I guess scaling back the recipe to one egg's worth is a good idea... Thanks for the suggestion!

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        1. re: pixellle

          Like I said, no disrespect..I'm a no nonsense single mom...I had another idea...I've never used them, but how about eggbeaters?..maybe you could mix up just enough batter for 2 pancakes?...

          1. re: LenaNE

            Yes, I was just going to suggest this too-- its super easy to make up a ready mix of the dry ingredients (including powered buttermilk, even), and use an eggbeater-type ready eggs product to make completely customizable amounts. Not exactly the fresh early morning in the farmhouse experience of the old days, but completely serviceable :)

        2. I used to work breakfasts at a high end hotel and we kept our batter refrigerated for a week or so. I think that it actually improves with age to an extent. They end up moister and with a tiny bit of tang.
          I don't know why egg beaters would be any less perishable than fresh eggs or any easier. I think fridge for next time (thats whats done in restaurant kitchens that use natural eggs) . Folks overestimate the perishability of fresh eggs. They can sit on a shelf unrefrigerated for a month with no ill effects (in fact, the U.S. if one of the only countries that I've been to where eggs are refrigerated before sale).
          I guess i dont see why freezing the batter wouldnt work. I've frozen other stuff with baking powder and soda before (muffin mix) and it works fine. Just would take a while to thaw I would think.

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          1. re: bronweneas

            I live in Portugal, and never seen eggs refrigerated before sale, we keep them in a regular self lol

            But i guess the question is not the quality of the batter, but it's quantity..so with my recipe, i make 6/7 pancakes using just 1 egg.
            I never tried it, but maybe with egg-replacer you could use "half" of one egg. =P

            1. re: bronweneas

              the idea of the egg beaters is that the OP can mix up just enough batter for one breakfast..

              1. re: bronweneas


                Thanks for your thoughtful and informative post--hugely helpful! Eggbeaters are evil. Organic whole eggs!!

                1. re: bronweneas

                  You make a very good point about storing eggs on the shelf. However, egg producers in the US perform certain treatments on eggs with the assumption that they will be refrigerated[1]. US eggs can be stored on the shelf, but given that US producers don't control as many factors that could lead to spoilage of room temperature eggs, it is more prudent to refrigerate them. Countries where eggs are meant to sit on the shelf have completely different regulations on processing of eggs.


                  1. re: bronweneas

                    Thanks! Finally Someone speaking words that are practical and helpful! The woman was only asking for PANCAKE ADVICE.Geez!

                  2. My favorite pancake recipes use sour milk, buttermilk, or yeast. I have never had a problem using them after a few days in the fridge. If the batter seems flat you can revive it by stirring in a pinch of baking soda if it is sour, or baking powder if it is not. Yeast revives itself so that may be best for what you are trying to do.

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                    1. re: atheorist

                      My sister in law in Seattle has used the same batter for years. It's a sour dough pancake thing so maybe that is why?

                    2. i did a little experiment. i made pancakes this morning and froze some of the leftover batter for about ten hours, took it out and let it thaw and then cooked up another pancake. The cake was fine - not quite as much rise as i get with fresh batter - but anyone would call this cake light and fluffy. The recipe is slightly modified from one in James Beard's American Cookery
                      1 cup flour
                      1 cup buttermilk (and sometimes a little whole milk to thin the batter)
                      1/2 tsp baking soda
                      1/2 tsp salt
                      2 eggs
                      2 TBS melted butter

                      Beard's recipe calls for 3 eggs for 2 cups of flour and he separates the eggs and folds in beaten whites

                      1. I am the parent of two girls who are particular about their pancakes, which are eaten about five days out of seven. I make a big batch of fresh pancake mix (no store-bought stuff) on Monday, and it lasts ok until Thursday, when the last of the batter is scraped from the container. No complaints. You'll notice a little discoloration w/ time, but the batter is ok. I stir in a little extra milk if the mix gets a little thick after a few days.

                        Re, the child-rearing comments above: To each their own.

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                        1. re: 280 Ninth

                          LOL!! Love it!! She needed help with batter, not raising her kid!! To each their own!!

                        2. Well I hope that I don't get thrown out for my suggestion but, here it is. I am not the biggest fan of pancakes. I don't like heavy, doughy pancakes. But the family does, so I will recommend a product that I think is superior to any batter that I've made from scratch.
                          Aunt Jemima Buttermilk complete pancake mix, just add water. I made them as directed, the only think I did different, I put the batter into the fridge like you would for crepes for about 1 hour, and then I cooked them on my cast iron griddle. They were terrific and that will eliminate your egg problem. You can make it in a plastic bottle with a spout.
                          I purchased one at the Dollar store. in the morning pour what you need to use, if you got a quart size that would probably last the week without issue.
                          From my experience, once the egg is opened it is highly vulnerable to deterioration, and there is evidence of that when I make a pastry dough that calls for an egg. Within 24 hours the pastry darkens, and all recipes say to toss it after that time frame.
                          Even if you made the batter up while the kids were getting ready, it wouldn' take too much time mixing the batter each day. ok, now let me have it!

                          Hope my suggestion is helpful!

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                          1. re: chef chicklet

                            The best Mix i have ever had and better than 60% of the made from scratch i have been served!!

                            1. re: chef chicklet

                              Great! I have used and it's good! Easy too. I like Krustez too

                            2. How long can pancake batter keep? I'll let you know. I made some at 7:00 this morning and it's been sitting out on the counter since then. It is now 3:30 and my son is eye balling it for an afternoon snack. I'll get back to you after he whips up a few pancakes and eats them!

                              1. The Washington Post had an article about how you can keep a premade muffin batter for up to two months in the back of the refrigerator. They said as long as you kept it cold and cooked it fully, it was safe. I'd put this along the same lines. But, I'd rather mix up a big batch of pancake mix and then make enough batter for a day or two in the refrigerator. I'd probably show her how to do it and ler her decide whether it's worth dealing with mixing, cooking, and cleaning a pan/spoon/spatula every morning or making up a batch and freezing.

                                1. Wow -- what great responses! Thank you all for your input! I love knowing that a hotel restuarant keeps its batter for a week. I noticed the discoloration after two days, and wondered whether it was still good... but between the hotel info, the article in the Post and the other mom's experience of keeping the batter for a week, I think it's fine. Thanks for all the other suggestions, too!

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                                  1. re: pixellle

                                    I would like to thank all of you for your posts, I did a search to find out what to do with all these pancakes I made. I tried a new buttermilk recipe and had so much left over batter. I will definitely try keeping the batter in the fridge next time after your suggestions. Thanks Again.

                                    1. re: cmmfox

                                      Thanks for asking the question and thanks all for your replies. I made a waffle bannana batter for waffles and made too much as usual (LOL) so I ran to my pc to look if I can put the batter in the frig for another day. Thanks all

                                    2. re: pixellle

                                      Thanks pixellle, for asking this question. I, too, make from-scratch pancake batter for the kids and have been trying to use it up on the second morning. Tomorrow will be day #3, and I found this thread in trying to decide whether I can use it still. I stir a tiny bit of seltzer in it on the 2nd day and they puff up beautifully. Thanks again!

                                    3. Add cinnamon, it will make them last longer as it slows the growth of bacteria and fungus/molds.

                                      1. I've been using Chowhound for cooking questions forever. It's great to finally add my input although I think the answers previously offered echo my reply. It's been 5 days since I've gone back to my homemade batter in the fridge. I use both baking soda and powder, along with flour, veg. oil, milk, and vanilla. Although the mixture looked hideous due to separation, after a quick stir it was fine and no bad smell. They came out perfectly...and I still have enough batter for one more batch. I'll be back for the 7 day result in 2-3 days!

                                        1. I find that even just an overnight stay in the fridge changes the texture of the batter. The pancakes made from them tend to fall apart as they are more tender. I have tried a couple of times always with frustrating results.

                                          Why not find a recipe for a dry mix and make only the amount that you want?

                                          1. Ummm... tell daughter that it's reheated pancakes or a bowl of cereal, her choice? Seriously, you can probably keep the batter in the fridge for three or four days as long as you started with fresh milk. I'm not sure how well it will puff after that though. (sorry, just noticed that this thread is so old the 10yo daughter is well on her way to college by now! lol... who dug this up?

                                            1. The bigger question at this point, is whether the 10 year old daughter is now making her own pancake batter?