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Sunday, May 31, 2009

How dangerous is expired pancake mix?

Do you have expired pancake mix and brownie mix in your cabinets? Have you heard that you should throw them all away? Well before you do you should check out http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/pancake.asp for yourself.

It mainly states that while pancake mix (or the yeast in it) does not magically grow spores when it is out of date, but has to be exposed to spores. My take is that it is a good breeding ground for spores (still scary huh)

If it is in "unbleached wax paper, plastic, or a foil pouch within its outer packaging wouldn't have this contact and should still be safe no matter how old it gets" On the other hand if it is sold in just a card board box it might become exposed.

IMPORTANT - If your pancakes taste weird DON"T EAT THEM! If you have a mold allergy a little caution will go a long way! If they are sealed in unbleached wax paper, or a foil pouch they should be okay.

This information was obtained from snopes. Please visit them to read the whole story at
http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/pancake.asp


2 comments:

pam said...

I had no idea...thanks for sharing! The good thing with these people eating me out of house and home is that rarely things expire:)

Kirsty said...

Wow! Who knew? Thanks for the info. I finally took your tag from a while ago btw ;)