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Check those expiration dates on pancake and cake mixes

submitted by Vickie Glaser
Danger in Expired Cake Mixes- Who Knew?
I always thought that “old” mixes that were past their expiration date would just not rise/bake correctly.  This is scary!  Note that it’s confirmed on Snopes. Before my surgery I bought quite a few Duncan Hines cakes mixes that were on sale.   A couple of months ago I decide to use one, I checked the expiration date and found it past, all the boxes were passed the expiration date.  I phoned Duncan Hines to ask if the one that was only two months passed if it was OK.  She told me in no uncertain words to throw them all out, she even said to open the boxes and throw the mix in the garbage, just in case someone picked it up and used it.

This is confirmed on Snopes =""

A student at HBHS (high school) had pancakes this week and it almost became fatal. His Mom (registered nurse) made him pancakes, dropped him off at school and headed to play tennis. She never takes her cell phone on the court but did this time and her son called to say he was having trouble breathing. She told him to go to the nurse immediately and proceeded to call school and alert the nurse. The nurse called the paramedics and they were there in 3 minutes and worked on the boy all the way to the hospital. He came so close to dying. Evidently this is more common then I ever knew. Check the expiration dates on packages like pancakes and cake mixes that have yeast which over time develop spores.

Apparently, the mold that forms in old mixes can be toxic! Throw away ALLOUTDATED pancake mix, brownie mixes, Bisquick, cake; cookie mixes, etc., you have in your home.

4 Responses »

  1. Everyone knows I love to bake. I use Duncan Hines cake mixes except for the Blueberry Cup Cakes. I agree that we should not use the mixes past the date shown on the bottom of the box. I am not sure how the dates on Bisquick pancake mixes or cookie mixes or other brands like Betty Crocker, but Duncan Hines indicates "Best if use by the date shown as oppose to "Expires by".

    Duncan Hines cake mixes usually has 8 to 10 months window to be "best if use by" at the time you buy them. Of course it's better to check the date on the bottom of the box before you purchase especially if they are on sale which may only have 2 to 3 months left to use. Thanks for the heads up. It's good for everyone to be aware of such situation.

    I am still glad that mine still "rises up to the occasion".

    • I'm just one of many who appreciates your baking, Ben.

      After going to the snopes article, I was less concerned about cake mixes, which remain sealed until used, than pancake mixes, which after opening may linger on the shelf. Probably better to be safe than sorry though....

  2. It seems only prudent to use ALL packaged products within their expiration date, but according to Snopes, the real danger in cake and pancake mixes is only to people who have an allergy to mold. If the mix hasn't been opened, it should be just fine. But opening the mix and leaving it on the pantry shelf can be dangerous if it stays long enough, as the mold can grow. " WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT!" And might I add, keep an eye out for bulging cans, and throw them away immediately!

  3. So much for convenience!! We never used to have these problems because cakes, cookies, pancakes, muffins and biscuits were all made from scratch! TECHNOLOGY. . .blame Betty Crocker!!

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