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How to Soften Hard Brown Sugar

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Brown Sugar

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Has your brown sugar turned into a hard and useless mass? Soften it back up with one of these simple tricks.

If you have a day or two:

  • place a few apple slices or a slice of bread in an air-tight container with the brown sugar. Then, remove the slices once the sugar has softened
  • place the brown sugar in a bowl, and cover it with a damp cloth. Let it sit over night

If you need it now:

  • place the brown sugar in a microwave-safe bowl, and cover it with a damp paper towel. Microwave in 20-second increments, until the sugar is soft. Use your fingers or a fork to soften any clumps that remain

Warning: The sugar will be hot, so handle it with care

Why These Tricks Work:

Over time the moisture in brown sugar evaporates and the sugar hardens. To remedy this problem, you have to find a way to put the moisture back, and that's just what these tricks do.

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