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Can You Eat Expired Cake Mix

Can You Eat Expired Cake Mix

Can You Eat Expired Cake Mix

Cake mix should be used within a specific time of about 6 months to a year. It is safe to use it past the usage date. Cake mix past the expiration date does not have any harmful effects on human health but less in taste and flavor.

Christine odi December 15, 2008 5 found this helpful I really thought if using expired cake mixes was deadly, then they would put up a warning; Do not use any products that are past their shelf life. If you make a pie with expired cake mixes, there is the possibility that you will have food poisoning because the shelf life date on the box is not current anymore. Can you use those cake mixes that have been sitting around gathering dust for years?Cake mixes can get bad, and it typically happens only long after their expiration dates.

As long as you keep your cake mixes stored properly, you can safely eat your cake mixes months or even years past their expiration date. If you keep the cake mix properly, and it goes beyond the expiration date by one to two days, then eating it is not dangerous.

The cake mix will likely not give you any illness if it is months past its expiration date, particularly if stored correctly, but the actual pie may not come out as well as you hoped. If you are okay using a cake mix after it is past its expiration date, you should be looking for signs of spoilage, like mold, or changes in scent or appearance. There is nothing dangerous in using dated cake mix, but it might not taste the way you would like or might not rise as well as you would like.

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Even though a cake mix can be used past itsbest-by date, that does not always mean that it is safe to eat. Using Duncan Hines Cake Mix or Mrs. Butterworths Pancake Mix past their Best By date is not a food safety concern.

While the cake mixes may be good for up to 18 months after they are opened, Duncan Hines does not recommend using their products after they are past the Best If Used By dates, which are located on the outside of the box. The advisory first appeared in 2006s Dear Abby, and has appeared nearly every year since 2013. Then, Duncan Hines responded that it has no problem using mixes past the Best If Used By date. One reason why there is a best by date on cake mixes is that manufacturers know the ages of the ingredients within, when they expire, and when they are going to work their best.

Baking mixes are meant to be used for a period of 6-12 months after they are purchased; however, the best by date on a box can be months (or years) away. Baking ingredients such as powdered sugar, 6 months unopened and 3 months after open, cakes, brownies, and bread mixes, 12-18 months unopened and following the best-by date on the packaging once opened. Cake mixes have shelf lives that range from around 6 months to one year, but you can safely use them several months (or even years) beyond their best-by dates on their labels.

Boxed cake mixes are typically stored in an airtight container, and should be used within six months from the manufacture date. Brownie mixes will last longer when stored in cool, dark places, either in their original bags or an airtight container. This means the packaged mix barely gets used, unless there is a special occasion, and until that time comes, it simply sits on a pantry shelf without being touched for months.

It is important to remember there is nothing inherently toxic about a boxed pancake mix past its expiration date; aging a product does not make it a poison, nor does mold growing inside an opened box of powdered flapjacks make it into something that would make anyone who ingests it collapse. How old the mix is has no bearing on its safety: A mix well within its freshness date but has grown to contain mold spores may prove deadly for anyone with a mold allergy, whereas one that is one to two years past its best-by date, but does not contain any mold spores, would be completely safe. Properly stored, a packet of cookie mix typically stays in great shape for around one year at room temperature.

It is always best to bake your cookie dough immediately after mixing, but if you cannot, then you can store it in a mixing bowl, covered with plastic wrap, in the refrigerator for one or two days. It may also be good to save the wrapper, or simply cut off the instructions, so that you will know how to use any leftovers when you want to bake them.

By Sharon (Guest Post) 12/12/2008 3 found this helpful I am guilty of leaving cake mixes sitting around my pantry too long, and have always had good results adding some baking powder or washing soda, depending on what ingredients are listed on the box. Tell that to your kids, grandkids, nieces, nieces, and everyone else that keeps those kinds of mixes in their cabinets. Get rid of any outdated pancake mixes, brownie mixes, Bisquick, cake and cookie mixes, etc., that you have in the house.

With so many people shopping in warehouse-type stores and buying bulk quantities of pancake mixes, I am hoping that your readers take time to check their boxes for their shelf life dates. Due to consumers inquiries regarding mold growing on expired mixes, we want to reassure you there is no concern about products manufactured by Pinnacle Foods Inc. Pinnacle Foods Inc places the BETTER BY date on its packages in order to guarantee product quality, with respect to the look, texture, and flavor of the finished products.

The CDC advises consumers to avoid tasting or eating uncooked cake mix, either home-made or made with the help of a mix, as it may contain harmful bacteria. If you check your pie, and it has, in fact, gone bad, eating it can expose you to harmful bacteria, which puts you at risk for illness related to food. Raw cake mixes, or even uncooked flour, may seem harmless at first, but uncooked cake mixes may contain contaminants such as Salmonella and E.coli, just a few of the bacteria that can cause you real illness.

Can expired cake mix make you sick?

A cake mix that’s outdated may not taste as good as you’d like, or may not rise the way you’d like. It’s not harmful, but it might not taste as good. It won’t hurt you. When expired cake mix contains mold and has gone bad, it can be harmful for consumption.

How long can you use a cake mix after the expiration date?

It is recommended that cake mixes be used within 4-5 months after the “best by” date. Best before dates and how cake mixes are stored determine the shelf life of cake mixes. Mixes should be kept dry. After the expiration date, the product is still safe to consume, but the flavor may have diminished or the vitamin content may not be as high as it should be.

Is it OK to use Betty Crocker cake mix?

For us, the consumers, the best-by date serves as an indicator of quality. After the expiration date, the food is still safe to eat, but it may not have all the vitamins it claims to have or its flavour or texture may have changed.