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Old 04-28-2011, 10:07 AM
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I have stored a couple of (5) gallon buckets of Bisquick but I was watching kev's new video on his facebook and wondering what the general consensus was for storing it. I see it talked about on survial video's but it's not mentioned here much.

-Does any know if it will go rancid because of the shorting?
-Is anyone had any experience in storing it?
-Anyone storing the ingredients separately?

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Storing ingredients separately.
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I have some Bisquick that I vacuum packed. Never thought of the possibly of it going rancid.

I have vac-packed other ingredients as well, all about redundancy.
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I stored one 5 gal bucket about a year ago now. I did only one because it was my first test at storing and had heard anecdotal stories about prblems too. So, I sucked i up and did one bucket w/ O2 absorbers and heat sealed in mylar. I put it away and put one bucket on top of it in thre storage room.

About, 3-4 weeks later I went back to my storage room. THe top bucket had been knocked off top and the lid of the bisquick bucket was also on the floor. The mylar bag was FULLY EXPANDED TO ITS MAXIMUM BLOATED CAPACITY! I didn't have the courage to open it up and smell the results. I just pitched it into the trash. Period.

From what I have heard since it is because the mix has everything in it to make it rise during cooking. Once that has risen, it won't rise when you cook it ten years from now. So, your flap jacks will be flat when you go to cook them whenever. My experience!
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I keep mine in the original boxes and freeze them, only bringing one out when I need it. THAT should slow down the chemical reactions!
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I have some Bisquick that I vacuum packed. Never thought of the possibly of it going rancid.

I have vac-packed other ingredients as well, all about redundancy.
Yeah...I've never read about it going rancid, there are numerous video's of people packing it and just using 02's in mylar bags like we all do.

I hope I can get at least 5 years out of it, I might check it in 1-2 years
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We stopped storing Bisquick and switched to Crusteaz "Just Add Water"

Bisquick needed fresh eggs and milk for pancakes. It was sold in boxes.
Crusteaze is sold in durable resealable 5 lb bags at COSTCO. All you need to add is water and pancakes!

Our choice (boy everybody has something to say on this decision, including a pancake contest) was Crusteaz. BTW, a year supply for 5 for us is 6 bags, figuring pancakes 2x a week, using about 1/2 to 2 cups of mix. We store this at all times, and 3 large syrups. Simple, cheap and easy to make.

BTW, hope you are ok in Ohio with this crazy weather. We jsut got your storms here today.
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I keep Bisquick in the freezer and it lasts a long time. But, at room temp, it developes an 'off' taste pretty quickly (I think because of the fat in it)
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IMO the mix that you just add water would have a shorter life. It has pwd eggs, pwd milk and pwd shortening already in it and I would think this would shorten it's life.
It does not take much to make your own from scratch and I'm willing to bet that you already have everything on hand to do it.
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There are several issues with storing any of the mixes like that. The shortening is pretty long lived, but it can go rancid. But the big issue is the baking powder offgassing over time. Since things like biscuit mix, pancake mix and all that is really just flour, baking powder and shortening, I store the ingredients seperately and just mix them up as needed.

Baking powder itself doesn't have a great shelf life. But you can store it's components and make baking powder as you need it. It's just baking soda and cream of tartar. Both of those store well if you keep them dry.
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IMO the mix that you just add water would have a shorter life. It has pwd eggs, pwd milk and pwd shortening already in it and I would think this would shorten it's life.
It does not take much to make your own from scratch and I'm willing to bet that you already have everything on hand to do it.
Its good for 2 years at least. That's about how old we've used it and it was ok.

Yes, we have everything on hand......
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We stopped storing Bisquick and switched to Crusteaz "Just Add Water"

Bisquick needed fresh eggs and milk for pancakes. It was sold in boxes.
Crusteaze is sold in durable resealable 5 lb bags at COSTCO. All you need to add is water and pancakes!

Our choice (boy everybody has something to say on this decision, including a pancake contest) was Crusteaz. BTW, a year supply for 5 for us is 6 bags, figuring pancakes 2x a week, using about 1/2 to 2 cups of mix. We store this at all times, and 3 large syrups. Simple, cheap and easy to make.

BTW, hope you are ok in Ohio with this crazy weather. We jsut got your storms here today.

I have a couple of 5 gallon pails of Crusteaze in storage.
They have been there for a little over a year now.
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OK, see this makes sense and confirms my suspicions about why it died on me in only like a month or so. I also just lost one 5 gallon buckets of self rising corn meal mix...the problem being self rising. Got it, thanks! I'll be storing baking soda and cream of tartar in quantity then. wwohhoo!
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Last weekend I packed a 1 gallon mylar bags of bisquick, and will be bringing it to the camp this weekend. Hopefully in about a year I will open it and see how things worked out.

Video about the superpails and the gallon bag of bisquick.



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There are several issues with storing any of the mixes like that. The shortening is pretty long lived, but it can go rancid. But the big issue is the baking powder offgassing over time. Since things like biscuit mix, pancake mix and all that is really just flour, baking powder and shortening, I store the ingredients seperately and just mix them up as needed.
So the instant pancake mix I put in mylar bags a few weeks ago may not have a very long life span?
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I would be careful about storing Bisquick. It does tend to develop flour weevils in it, also. (When you open the package, you can see all the little black specks in the mix.)
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I would be careful about storing Bisquick. It does tend to develop flour weevils in it, also. (When you open the package, you can see all the little black specks in the mix.)


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2 years ago we got a large quantity of pancake mix in boxs. it has not been repackaged, and we are still eating it on a regualr basis. i've had no problems with it.
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So the instant pancake mix I put in mylar bags a few weeks ago may not have a very long life span?
I don't know, Kev. They pack it in #10 cans for long term storage, but they also don't rate it as long as other foods. I've had cans offgas, bulging the can and making the mix no longer rise. Heat of course makes this happen quicker. I think I'd add it to the rotation and not try to store it more than maybe 2-3 years or so.

It's just too easy to make up the mix from scratch to worry about really.
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There is more risk in Bisquik and Crusteaz Mix. Off-gassing and off taste.

I did an experiment and the cooler the place you store it the better it will be. Preferrably below 60 deg.

After one year of being stored in a regular closet with the variations in the temp that brings, the Bisquik was way off and didn't rise correctly. It tasted weird.

After one year under the house in the coolest spot (right around 63) it was okay.

Temp probably has a pretty big influence on anything self rising.

I'd just store ingredients seperately.
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Last weekend I packed a 1 gallon mylar bags of bisquick, and will be bringing it to the camp this weekend. Hopefully in about a year I will open it and see how things worked out.

Video about the superpails and the gallon bag of bisquick.

YouTube - Homemade 5 gallon superpails - my first attempt




So the instant pancake mix I put in mylar bags a few weeks ago may not have a very long life span?
also , you can use hand warmers, i use them all the time and opened a bucket that was sealed 1.4 years ago, to see if anything was wrong and nothing. they work great and the food is still good to eat
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