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Nov 9, 2003 09:07 AM

Cure for hard brown sugar?

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I went to make cookies yesterday and pulled out my brown sugar (which admittedly was quite old) and it was a hard as a rock block. Any ideas on how to revive this block? Also, I would appreciate any storage tips for opened bags of brown sugar.



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  1. Microwave it! Maybe for about 30 seconds at low power - try that and if it still needs it, try a little more. Your brown sugar will come out soft, just like when you first opened the box.

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      Marion Morgenthal

      Just pulled my opened package of brown sugar out of the freezer to do some baking. After about 15 minutes on the counter it's good as new. If you only use part of it---the rest goes back in the freezer.

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      1. re: Marion Morgenthal

        keep in a storage bag in the fridge. soft, and always ready to use.

      2. the microwaving is not a fix, its a temporary measure for times whenyou are in a hurry. you have to use the hot sugar immediately. the reason the sugar is hard is beacuse the moisture is missing. for a long term solution, you need to add the moisture back. try putting a damp paper towel on top of the sugar in a tupperware or glad plastic box, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and then put a sealing top on it, this should really fix the problem, discard teh papertowel after the problem is gone. usually overnight.
        good luck,

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          Caitlin Wheeler

          A slice of bread left in with the brown sugar for a while will revive it. For long term, I have found that storing the brown sugar in a ziploc bag keeps it softer longer.

          1. i've been able to keep my brown sugar soft for months by just tightly rolling down the top of the bag so that there is no space for air, and wrapping an elastic band around it.