How do I keep my sugar from going hard in the bag?
By Shelly from Ashland, KY
Moisture causes sugar to harden. You can avoid that by storing it in an airtight container.
Put a cracker or two in the container, that's what I do.
I had that issue while living in Denver. Use a ziplock bag or a container that has a good seal. Add a slice of bread. You will have to change it every few days. Turn the stale bread into crumbs, make french toast from it, add it to dishes requiring bread, feed it to the birds, etc. I had to do the same thing when I made cookies.
Tupperware brand One Touch Reminder Canisters work great! They have a good seal so moisture is kept out, and they make it easy to scoop and measure ingredients. And, if you order them in January, they're usually on sale! At, $25-39 for a set of four, they're a bit of an investment, but I'd say they're definitely worth it!
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How do you keep a bowl of sugar from getting hard?
By cuddlebug2710 from Sarasota, FL
This is what my grandmother used to do. Put a saltine cracker in the bowl. The cracker absorbs any moisture and leaves the sugar dry. Good luck. (06/11/2009)
I bought some very small clay bears ($1.00 each). They are sold for use in sugar containers. One fits perfectly at the bottom of the sugar bowl. They absorb moisture and the sugar stays soft. (06/12/2009)
With white sugar a saltine cracker works/keep container closed and refresh periodically. I don't know if it works for brown sugar. With rolling tobacco apple slivers moisten it or else it gets dry city, so it might work well with brown sugar. Refeshen every couple days. (06/12/2009)
I keep my brown sugar in the bag and it gets hard when I want use it for the next time. When I tied it and put it up in the cupboard, it still gets hard. What can I do?
My Grandma always swore by a slice of apple in the bag. (02/12/2008)
What works for me is my microwave. Put the whole package in the microwave on top of a pot holder and warm it up a couple of minutes. It will finally break apart and you can work the sugar with a fork while it's warm. Add another minute, etc. until sugar breaks apart easily. (02/12/2008)
Seems for different people different things work. For me I find air causes hardening within 1 week. If I suck out all the air, twist tie the bag and double bag it into a Zip Lock bag that has the air removed, it will last for several months and remain soft. If any air gets to it, I find it goes hard in less than 1 week. When I see my brown sugar starting to go hard, I simply add slices of apple, rebag and within 48 hours I have soft sugar again. (02/13/2008)
I found some Terra cotta bears (made for this purpose) at a local kitchen store. I put one in each of my sugar canisters and salt canister, also. No more lumps or hardening. They're pretty inexpensive, about $2.50 each. It comes with directions too, as sugars and salts differ. Hope this helps. (02/13/2008)
The slice of bread works great I do it all the time. A slice of bread also works if your homemade cookies are too hard. (02/13/2008)
I keep my brown sugar in the freezer. It takes a minute or two to become very soft and then I measure it and pop it back in the freezer. I have been doing this for years and have had no problems. (02/13/2008)
I put mine in a Tupperware container. Stays fresh forever.
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