By Elaine S. from near Cedar Rapids, IA
Take an old broken clay pot that you don't need anymore and break off a piece suitable for the size container that you keep your brown sugar. Make sure it is very clean and then soak it in water for about a half hour. Dry off with a towel and place in the container. This will keep your brown sugar nice and moist. Just repeat the soaking when it dries out, which should not be very often.
By littlegamma from southern, AL
By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, CA
For hard brown sugar, wet a paper towel, wrap it around the sugar and in a few hours or less, it will be soft.
An easy way to soften brown sugar is to simply place it in the microwave for a few seconds! (Not long enough to melt it of course, just to soften it)
Place a piece of bread in with the brown sugar and it will soften, in a few hours.
When finding my brown sugar had gotten hard and not wanting to toss it I put some in the freezer. When I need some to make cookies I decided to microwave it. It turned out fine. It seemed to work better after being frozen. I now freeze my brown sugar once it starts getting hard.
By RoseMary B. from Texas Creek, CO
I chop it up in the food processor if it has gotten hard.
By Gerry B. from Tuscon, AZ
By laramay from Portland, OR
How much molasses do I add to make light brown sugar into dark brown sugar? I have an over abundance of the light. I use more dark brown sugar than light. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.
Mike from PA
How do you keep brown sugar soft and fresh, not hard?
By Van from Pemberton, NJ
I keep mine in the original bag in a tupperware bowl sealed tightly. It will last forever. I have done this for years. No messing with MW or bread. Let me know if this works for you.
What do I do with brown sugar when I make it?
By Gregory from Park Place
Anything to keep the air out of it and dry, yet moist.
When a recipe calls for 'packed brown sugar' what is this? We have ordinary brown sugar and treacle sugar here in South Africa. I'm not sure what the 'packed' is.
Carolyn from South Africa
If your box of brown sugar has hardened over time, don't throw it out. Instead place the box in the microwave on high power for about 20 seconds and your brown sugar will be softened.
By Katie A.
How do you soften brown sugar?
Keep brown sugar soft. Store brown sugar you plan to save for later baking in an airtight container with a fresh slice of bread. The moisture in the bread will keep your sugar soft, moist, and ready-to-use. When the bread dries and hardens, simply replace it with a fresh slice. You can feed the old, dry one to the birds and squirrels.
By Marie from West Dundee, IL
By Cindy H
How do you soften brown sugar that has hardened?
By Louise from Janesville, WI
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