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.