How Long Can You Store Leftover Pancake Batter?

Soft and fluffy pancakes drizzled in warm maple syrup, are possibly one of the world's greatest pleasures. Homemade hot cakes are the perfect addition to any weekend breakfast. Crack a few eggs, pour the milk, sprinkle flour, add a dash of vanilla, baking soda, salt, and sugar, and whisk away. Soon the lumps in your pancake batter will be smooth and griddle-ready. Cook your pancakes to perfection, and enjoy!

But what happens if you have leftover batter? You may have opted to toss it out in the past, but wait! Don't throw that leftover pancake batter away. Keep it stored properly to ensure the cakes cook up fluffy and tasty until all the batter is gone. According to Expert Home Tips, pancake batter expires, so ensure you handle that batter with care to prevent foodborne illness. Here's why the ingredients you've used matter when it comes to storing pancake batter. 

Store pancake batter in the fridge for up to four days

The FDA recommends using the two-hour rule when it comes to placing those leftovers in the fridge. The site says never allow perishable foods such as eggs and meat to remain at room temperature longer than two hours. Practicing the two-hour rule is wise with pancake batter, too, since it contains dairy.

Expert Home Tips says that pancake batter containing dairy and flour should last two to four days in the refrigerator. This depends, of course, on the expiration date of the eggs and milk used to make the batter. Pancake batter is best stored in an airtight container or resealable bag to retain freshness.

Are you a vegan baker? Expert Home Tips says most shelf-stable ingredients need to be refrigerated after opening. The USDA says to read the label of these shelf-stable foods — some are not safe when left at room temperature and will be labeled "keep refrigerated." If your vegan pancake batter contains perishable ingredients, refrigerate as you would traditional batter that contains dairy.

Prefer to freeze your pancake batter? A Spectacled Owl says that batter can be kept in the freezer and stored flat in a resealable plastic bag for up to one month without affecting the flavor.