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I have heard that pancake mix & yeast ingredients do not have a long shelf life. Can yeast become a toxic mold that can be dangerous to people with mold allergies? And can it cause issues to others without mold allergies?

November 16, 2008

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There are many people who are hypersensitive to mold and are selective when determining their diet. Mold gets energy from sugar and many people who have been diagnosed with mold allergies watch their sugar intake. Always consult your doctor or dietitian when determining any allergy.

Over time all foods will become moldy. Shop often and buy small quantities, for shelf life read labels of all the foods you buy. And as organic foods are deemed better for you take into account their short shelf life as they tend to mold quicker with of the lack of artificial preservatives.

Thanks for asking this important question, Jeanne!

Pancake mix does not generally contain yeast, the source of leavening in typically baking soda, baking powder or the like. When buying any dry ingredients like pancake mix I will re-package into an airtight container or ziplock bag for freshness.

When using yeast packets for baking I keep them refrigerated to not start the yeast reaction before needed.

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5 Responses to “I have heard that pancake mix & yeast ingredients do not have a long shelf life. Can yeast become a toxic mold that can be dangerous to people with mold allergies? And can it cause issues to others without mold allergies?”

  1. John Says:

    Wow…I never really thought of it that way…time to clean out the spices….

  2. Carolyn Says:

    Great tip…never knew that yeast would go old. guess I should throw mine out…been a few years – they are in sealed packages.

  3. Michael Says:

    Since when do you make pancakes with YEAST!! MY pancakes have sodium bicarbonate in them….

  4. Anne Says:

    Yes Michael, baking soda will help make your pancakes light and fluffy.

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