When sugar gets hard there are ways to make it useful. This guide is about softening hard sugar.
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If you ever have a package of rock hard brown sugar just take it out of the box and/or plastic and wrap it in aluminum foil and place it in a preheated 300 degree oven for 5 minutes. Voila, your brown sugar will be softened again! Just be sure to store whatever you aren't going to use of the remaining softened brown sugar in an airtight container with a slice of bread to keep it from hardening again :-)
By Deeli from Richland, WA
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Here are questions related to Softening Hard Sugar.
I have two 5 pound bags of white granulated sugar that is very hard. How can I soften it for use?
By Aldona S.
By Maggie R. 03/06/2015
Microwave it for 1 minute. That should work. If not, place a piece of bread in the packaging & it'll take a day or so, but it'll loosen it right up.
How do I soften a 10 lb. bag of hard sugar?
By bama03  01/08/2012
Brown sugar can be softened by reintroducing moisture in several ways:
The 1st 2 solutions I list are my fastest solutions. The last solution... #6 I use to SLOW the hardening process in the first place.
1-Heat brown sugar in a 250 degree oven in an oven safe pan. Watch carefully and as soon as it is soft measure the amount you need. It will harden as it cools.
2-Place brown sugar in a microwave-safe container and cover with a damp paper towel. Microwave for 30 seconds. Repeat process until it is soft. Again, Watch carefully and as soon as it is soft measure the amount you need since It will harden as it cools.
3-Place brown sugar in a plastic container with a small piece of plastic wrap or foil over the sugar. Put a damp paper towel or napkin on top of the plastic/foil. Cover tightly. Remove damp paper towel in a couple of days. Keep container tightly sealed.
4-Place a few apple slices or a slice of bread in an air-tight container with the brown sugar. Remove after the sugar has softened in a day or two.
5-Grind hardened chunks in a food processor. Be careful not to ruin your food processor.
6-Soak a piece of clay in water for 30 minutes. Dry the piece so it isn't dripping wet. Place the clay in the container with the sugar and seal. In a few days you should have softened sugar again. Leave the clay in as long as you like. You can actually purchase cute clay bears created for just this purpose.
How do I soften hard sugar?
By Mike from Kensington, CT
By R.Smith 01/05/2012
Put one or two slices of fresh bread in with the sugar and seal. Works every time!
I bought bulk powdered sugar and stored it in plastic containers. Now it is hard and difficult to use. Can I use a piece of bread to soften it like I do with brown sugar? Any ideas are welcome.
Thanks in advance!
By Scrappinmom30 from Ohio
By W. Tina Chase 03/31/2009
I don't know any tricks to soften it. Have you tried one of those clay disks that you can use with brown sugar? One idea might be to try using a hand grater to get it back down to a powdery texture.... You might try a blender or spice/coffee ginder etc., but I am not sure what that would do to it (at the higher speed than manual). You could always try with a small sample and see what happens!
It's been in a glass container on my counter for several months and I rarely use it. Now it's hardened in the glass container and I can't get it out. What can I do without destroying the container?
By susan  12/10/2012
While you may not be able to use it as pourable sugar, you can still use it. Pour water into the container over the sugar and shake it every now and then. The water will melt the sugar and make a syrup that can be used in drinks (tea, lemonade, kool-aid, etc), to sweeten cooked foods, to use in fruit syrups for pancakes or desserts. You'll have to experiment using it since you won't have any actual sugar:water ratio. If you use all the water and still have sugar in the jar, just add more water, shake, and wait until some more is melted.
Sugar that had not been opened is hard. Can it be softed before the bag is opened?
How do I soften hardened granulated sugar?
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I am sure this has been answered before, but cant find the answer. My regular sugar has hardened due to the humidity, and I need to know how to "soften" it again. Thank you for any and all suggestions.
jmz2005 from Illinois
I have a 4 lb. bag of sugar I took camping with us. I only used a small amount from it and it became hard from being out in the moisture. Does anyone know what to do to bring it back to its natural granulated state?
Gina from Kingston, TN
How can I soften granulated sugar which has hardened in the bag in which it was sold?
By Betty from Shoreview, MN
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How do I soften granulated sugar once it's become hard?
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