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Mold on Apple Slice in Brown Sugar Jar

MsJunsu May 17, 2012 06:59 AM

I read that adding a slice of apple to a jar of brown sugar can loosen up hardened chunks of sugar. And it did. Except I accidentally left the apple in there too long and mold started to grow on it. The apple was separated by a small piece of paper towel and plastic wrap but upon removing the expired slice, the jar did smell faintly moldy.. Does this mean I have to throw the entire jar away?

  1. Bacardi1 May 18, 2012 04:30 PM

    Another vote for throwing the sugar out. Check out some of the cookery supply sites. You can buy small terracotta clay disks that you soak in water & put in with your brown sugar. They're not supposed to develop mold.

    1. t
      tomishungry May 17, 2012 06:25 PM

      Put the brown sugar in a ziplock bag, and squeeze the air out. A good squeeze will loosen everything up if it ever turns into a block.

      1. n
        noodlepoodle May 17, 2012 05:35 PM

        Throw the moldy stuff out.

        Start with a fresh box of brown sugar. I put mine in an old Tupperware container made for that purpose (it holds the contents of the box with a little head room) and I top it with a a heel or half a slice of store bread. The bread never molds, just dries out and still keeps the sugar fresh.

        1. m
          MsJunsu May 17, 2012 11:37 AM

          Well, I guess I was wondering if I could scrape the top layer off or something or whether the entire jar was likely to be contaminated (due to spores or whatnot).. I usually use the brown sugar for baking, so would that kill off any potentially hazardous microthings? Or should I just toss the entire (*wince*) jar away?

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          1. re: MsJunsu
            wyogal May 17, 2012 02:53 PM

            How expensive is brown sugar where you live? It's not worth having if it smells like mold. Spend $2 and get some fresh brown sugar.
            Then, put the bag in another bag. If it gets hard in the future, zap it a few seconds in the microwave.

          2. w
            wonderwoman May 17, 2012 08:13 AM

            for the future, i've found the best way to keep brown sugar soft is in a screw top glass jar stored in the fridge.

            1. w
              wyogal May 17, 2012 07:07 AM

              Unless you want to use moldy-smelling sugar...

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