Keeping Sugar From Becoming Hard


How do I keep high humidity from hardening the granulated sugar? It seems like I remember seeing rice or something in the sugar container at the local cafe while traveling in the mid-west. The high humidity is a new problem in our home that we need to deal with but in the mean time - what do I do about the sugar hardening in the canister and sugar bowl?
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Lorrie who has hardening of the sugar :(

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Keeping Sugar From Becoming Hard

Put a slice on bread in the sugar container. It will get stale and the sugar will get loose again. (03/15/2005)

By Allison

Keeping Sugar From Becoming Hard

I store my sugar and all baking supplies in an airtight container like tupperware or rubbermaid. The rice will help if your sugar is in a shaker type container. I always have rice in my salt shakers to absorb moisture and keep it from clumping. (My Mom always did this!:) Just make sure the holes of your shaker are small enough that only the sugar or salt comes out. Airtight containers may be your best solution. (03/15/2005)

By Michelle

Keeping Sugar from Becoming Hard

For those who use sugar or salt in shaker containers: if the holes are too large and the rice grains come out with the sugar or salt, use unpopped popcorn kernels instead. Works Great! (03/15/2005)

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By Paula W

Keeping Sugar From Becoming Hard

I live in the Midwest and have this problem also. What I do is place a saltine cracker in my sugar bowl and also in the canister that I store the sugar in. It keeps it from getting hard and becoming one big clump. I've heard of putting rice in your salt shakers to keep your salt from sticking together but never tried it. (03/15/2005)

By tiffany

Keeping Sugar From Becoming Hard

Put a piece of a NEW terracotta in the sugar canister. It will absorb the moisture from the sugar. (You can get a small terracotta pot or plant coaster at garden store or discount store.) (03/16/2005)

By TeresaS

Keeping Sugar From Becoming Hard

We live in Miami now and humidity is a big problem in the south, what has worked best for me to keep white sugar and brown sugar form hardening is that I keep them in those jars that have rubber rings attached to the lids and they have latches that are air tight when you close them, I don't remember where I got them, but my sugars never get hard, especially the brown sugar. (03/17/2005)

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By Ana from Miami

Keeping Sugar From Becoming Hard

I learned that brown sugar needs to "breathe" while it is stored. I keep it in a plastic bag in a canister and when I tie off the bag, I leave an air space so that it has some "breathing" space.
My brown sugar had not gotten hard since.
I live on an island, and we have lots of humidity, and I thought I needed to store brown sugar in an air tight container. Guess I was wrong.
(09/04/2007)

By Sandra Ireland

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