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Old 11-18-2012, 12:51 PM
 
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Costco has a great deal on my favorite Krusteaz Pumpkin Quick Bread mix. Can I buy 5-6 boxes now, and use some of them in the spring? Or does cake mix go bad after a fw months?
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:09 PM
 
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Check the expiration date (or rather, sell-by date) on the box. Cake mix and bread mix - anything with flour, or made with flour - can get weevils. You could store them in the freezer to get a few more weeks out of them. I'd put them in a plastic zip bag with as much air as possible pressed out.
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:40 PM
 
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^^^ this. I have some that are older than a year... still great.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:10 PM
 
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If you feel it has gone bad, don't toss it in the trash. Spread it on your lawn. Those are tiny grains of nutrition for your grass.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:21 PM
 
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It'll be fine. However the leavening agents effectiveness can lessen over a few years at optimal storage conditions. Quicker with more exposure to heat and moisture.
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:29 PM
 
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All mixes that have flour will also have a percentage of insect eggs (won't harm anyone since the eggs are super small size source of protein) This is allowed by law since it's impossible to avoid. These eggs will hatch into weevils that will ruin the product if to old.

That said, I'f you open a mix that has flour and there are no weevils it's still good. If there are weevils...pitch it.
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:08 PM
 
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Also, don't freak out if you see the weevils. They're too drunk with the heady flavor of cake mix to be of any harm to you personally. They won't try to crawl out of the box and onto your nose or anything like that.

However, if you DO see them in a box, check the boxes that one was standing next to. They might be affected too. And always keep your baking flour in a sealed jar or canister. Just slip the whole bag right in there. That way if there are weevils in the flour, they're contained and can't infect anything else in your cabinet.
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:31 PM
 
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If you use mylar bags and oxygen obsorbers you can store it for years .
visit the survivalist forums.
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:40 PM
 
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Most dry ingredients don't "go bad," per se (i.e. become rendered unusable), but over time, the freshness/quality can decline. And, obviously, weevils can hatch. But those were already there, anyway,even if you used it immediately. Sorry.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:58 PM
 
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Costco has a great deal on my favorite Krusteaz Pumpkin Quick Bread mix. Can I buy 5-6 boxes now, and use some of them in the spring? Or does cake mix go bad after a fw months?

It is usually good for a couple of years. I would store it in the freezer IF you have the space available.
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