Airtight Container to Keep Brown Sugar Soft

I have seen questions on ThriftyFun asking how to soften hardened brown sugar. I believe the secret to keeping brown sugar fresh and soft is storing it in an air tight container.

Several years ago, a friend gave me two containers that are airtight. I have seen them at the Bed, Bath and Beyond store. What I like mostly about these containers is they are clear and I can see what is inside and if I need to put that item on my grocery list.

I use one for bread and it keeps bread fresh for a week or so. It does not mold or get stale.

I keep the brown sugar in the small one. I don't know how long I have had the brown sugar but I looked for an expiration date and it is worn off. The brown sugar is just as soft as it was when I purchased it and I don't know how long ago that was.

The container is called OXO Good Grips Square Food Storage Pop Container. To open it, you press the round button on top. It pops up for you to remove the lid. To seal, you press the button down and it seals the container air tight. The lid can be taken apart and cleaned when necessary.

I have several air tight containers but these clear containers are my favorite.


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May 17, 20181 found this helpful

Those are nice looking containers. It's nice to have something that works. I keep my brown sugar in a glass canning jar. It always stays soft.

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May 18, 20180 found this helpful

That reminds me. I have some wide mouth quart jars up in the attic. They would make great containers for keeping foods fresh. Thank you for your comment.

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May 18, 20180 found this helpful

I think airtight is the secret. A glass jar will also work well. Since I had some space left in the container, I took an opened package of marshmallows, I had left over from Christmas, and put them in the container with the brown sugar hoping they will stay fresh and not get sticky as I have had them to do in the past when left out.


I love marshmallows and like to take a couple out every now and then and just eat for a sweet snack. I don't know if mixing the two packages together will have a reverse effect or not. I will see.

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May 19, 20180 found this helpful

I took the marshmallows out of the container with the brown sugar. I found one that was a little sticky and I don't know if it was that way when I put it in there but I don't think it was. I went up in the attic and got 2 wide mouth quart jars and I'm going to clean them up and put the marshmallows in one of them.


One thing I really like about the containers from Bed, Bath and Beyond is they do not have a lip on them which makes it easy to put food in them.

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May 22, 20180 found this helpful

When I squashed the package of marshmallows down in the container with the brown sugar, they became a little sticky. I took them out and pulled each one out of the package one by one. I shook them with a little powdered sugar. That fixed them right up. I put them in a quart jar to keep them fresh.

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