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chilehound Dec 18, 2006 07:20 PM

Any tips on how to store brown sugar so it doesn't turn hard as a brick?

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    munch_kin Dec 28, 2006 03:59 AM

    I microwave it to soften, no big deal.

    1. Pei Dec 19, 2006 07:16 AM

      I use a 99 cent store tupperware container. It's plastic, but it keeps the air out and the sugar fresh. If you leave it in the paper container, it's sure to turn solid.

      If it's already solid, you can microwave it 5 seconds at a time until it's soft. Keep an eye on it, sugar burns quickly!

      1. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Dec 19, 2006 06:08 AM

        I've started doing what some people here do to keep their strawberries fresh: I store it in a glass jar. So far, it seems to be working very well indeed.

        1. Emme Dec 19, 2006 05:05 AM

          To revive it, stick it in the microwave for 15-45 seconds, depending how big your "brick." Works like a charm.

          The bread trick works too, but no worries, the micro is the anti-brick!

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            phoebek Dec 18, 2006 09:57 PM

            I do exactly what rebs does. . .

            1. rebs Dec 18, 2006 08:52 PM

              i've always just folded the bag over, pressing all the air out of the bag, and secured it with a rubber band. i've never had a problem with it hardening this way.

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                Kelli2006 Dec 19, 2006 04:47 AM

                I fold the bag over and secure it with a rubber band, and then place that bag inside of a zip-bag that has all the air squeezed out if it before it is sealed.
                A sealed bag inside a airtight canister will serve the same purpose.

              2. RShea78 Dec 18, 2006 08:41 PM

                I do not buy brown sugar unless I have plans to use the entire bag. Otherwise, I make mine up as needed using plain white sugar and molasses in recipes requiring small amounts of brown sugar. (Seems that stored brown sugar not only gets hard, it seems to no longer have the expected taste, flavor, or charactor, it had at the opening.)

                For a start;

                1- tablespoon (15ml) : 1 - cup (240ml) of sugar ---> yields a basic light brown sugar (adjust for smaller portions)

                I can work myself up the darkness scale by adding a bit more molasses as I go.

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                  RiJaAr Dec 18, 2006 08:27 PM

                  mainly you just have to keep it a bit moist. when it dries it hardens. either a slice of apple, or bread, or you can buy a terra cotta disk that you soak for about 15 minutes and pat dry, then stick in your jar.. you just take it out and resoak it if your sugar starts to dry out again, usually about once a month or so. they are sometimes hard to find so i would just buy a little unglazed base for a terra cotta pot, and use that

                  1. Candy Dec 18, 2006 08:20 PM

                    I have one of those discs and have not used it. I use one of those acrylic cannisters that you cn get a BB&B or TJ Maxx that has a clamp lock on the lid and the lid has a gasket. It is air tight and keeps it fresh.

                    1. pescatarian Dec 18, 2006 07:32 PM

                      my mother bought me this little disk made out of clay that you soak in cold water and then insert in the sealed container of brown sugar (the brown sugar is covering the little disk). Keep it at room temperature this way. It really works. You can buy these things at any good kitchen store.

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                        yagpap Dec 19, 2006 05:13 AM

                        I have one of the clay disks also and it does really work!

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                        emilief Dec 18, 2006 07:30 PM

                        Keep it in the freezer.

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                          rebs Dec 18, 2006 08:54 PM

                          i tried this once before and the sugar was hard as a rock. i thought maybe the moisture in the sugar froze.

                        2. MMRuth Dec 18, 2006 07:21 PM

                          I've read that you can add a slice of apple to the bag to add moisture - haven't tried it though.

                          1. Meg Dec 18, 2006 07:21 PM

                            take it out of the box and store it with a piece of bread in a ziploc or tupperware airtight container. the bread keeps it from hardening. don't ask me how.

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