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I only need a few pancakes at a time. I would rather cook fresh than freeze cooked pancakes.

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    Does this answer your question? Storing cake batter. Pancake batter or cake batter it's the same thing with the same answer.
    – GdD
    Mar 1, 2023 at 17:33
  • What type of pancake? There’s an older question about British pancakes
    – Joe
    Mar 2, 2023 at 13:25
  • American pancakes: cooking.stackexchange.com/q/13287/67 ; British pancakes : cooking.stackexchange.com/q/12933/67 ; when it’s probably too long : cooking.stackexchange.com/q/52153/67
    – Joe
    Mar 2, 2023 at 13:29
  • You will lose leavening and the batter will make tough pancakes after a day. A better option is to cook a bunch and refrigerate them, they'll keep for several days and they microwave well. Freezing makes them tough.
    – GdD
    Mar 2, 2023 at 15:32

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You could mix the dry ingredients and mix the wet ingredients, but store the mixes separately. When you want to cook some pancakes, take (e.g.) 1/3 of each of the mixes, mix them together, and then cook them. This means you don't lose the leavening power and your main time constraint is how long an egg-milk mixture will last in the fridge.

The question @GdG linked to has an answer suggesting something similar for cakes, but it doesn't work for many cakes since there isn't a clear wet-dry separation up to the last step.

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  • Also storing wet and dry separately helps avoid gluten development in the batter, which can make pancakes tough.
    – FuzzyChef
    Mar 1, 2023 at 21:44
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As long as you refrigerate, it will be fine for 3 or 4 days, though the leavening power will likely reduce over time.

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