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mom2 Feb 27, 2007 09:24 AM

Going through my pantry I came across some pancake mix that has probably been in there for a year or so. It is in an airtight container. Is it still good???

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    FrankJBN Nov 14, 2007 09:39 AM

    Pancake mix contains its own rising agents and these will break down and be less effective over time.

    I think you will be safe, but the pancakes might not be as good as from a fresh package.

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      soupkitten Nov 14, 2007 09:31 AM

      i've looked at pancake mixes in the store. don't some of them have dehydrated milk & eggs in them (just add water), and then some of them have you add the milk & eggs? i think that i'd throw it out for sure if it was a just add water pancake mix, and i'd maybe use it if it was an add milk and eggs mix. if it's a wholegrain pancake mix i would definitely toss it, it's almost certainly rancid by now.

      and, i'm not trying to be snooty or anything, but there are loads of pancake recipes that have all of 4-5 ingredients. it takes as much time to make pancakes from a mix as it does to make them from scratch. fewer additives in your food, and you don't have to worry about one more thing going bad in your pantry. down with pancake mixes!

      http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Good-Old...

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        albert williams Nov 14, 2007 02:53 AM

        It is probably safe per the Snopes site. Please go there and read the entire report but especially the bottom couple of paragraphs which explain why THE MIX IS ALMOST SURELY SAFE.

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          riverhound Nov 14, 2007 07:40 AM

          the old kitchen adage..when in doubt, throw it out!

        2. dearborn barkis Feb 27, 2007 12:59 PM

          And here is the link to the Dear Abby article mentioned in the snopes link above:
          http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/...
          Out-of-date pancake mix can harbor mold
          DEAR ABBY
          Friday, April 14, 2006
          Dear Abby: I recently made a batch of pancakes for my healthy 14-year-old son, using a mix that was in our pantry. He said that they tasted "funny," but ate them anyway. About 10 minutes later, he began having difficulty breathing and his lips began turning purple. I gave him his allergy pill, had him sit on the sofa and told him to relax. He was wheezing while inhaling and exhaling...

          1. dearborn barkis Feb 27, 2007 12:49 PM

            I would throw the old mix out. Two physicians authored an article in The American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology 22(3):292-295, Sept 2001 titled "An Unusual Case of Anaphylaxis: Mold in Pancake Mix".
            http://www.amjforensicmedicine.com/pt... containing this in the abstract:
            The authors report the death of a 19-year-old white male who had a history of "multiple allergies," including pets, molds, and penicillin. One morning, he and his friends made pancakes with a packaged mix that had been opened and in the cabinet for approximately 2 years. The friends stopped eating the pancakes because they said that they tasted like "rubbing alcohol." The decedent continued to eat the pancakes and suddenly became short of breath. He was taken to a nearby clinic, where he became unresponsive and died.

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              Kelli2006 Feb 27, 2007 09:56 AM

              I would think that it is safe as long as its dry and there is nothing growing in/on it.

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                Alan408 Feb 27, 2007 09:28 AM

                http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/...

                1. pescatarian Feb 27, 2007 09:25 AM

                  as long as there's nothing crawling in it, I say yes

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