How to Soften Hard Brown Sugar

Six Methods:Bread sliceMicrowaveDamp clothSlice of appleKitchen foilMarshmallows

Got a lump of hard brown sugar in the pantry? Don't be tempted to toss it.—It'll still be usable after following one of these suggested methods.—Just choose the one that best fits your available pantry items.

Method 1
Bread slice

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    Place the lump of sugar into a plastic bag that can be sealed.
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    Add a slice of soft bread and seal the bag well.
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    Leave for several hours. When you check in a few hours, the sugar should be soft again.

Method 2
Microwave

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    Place the sugar into a microwave-proof bowl and zap it for a few seconds. The sugar will soften quickly.

Method 3
Damp cloth

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    Leave the sugar in a bowl and cover it with a thick, dampened cloth such as a tea towel. Use this method if you have more time.
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    Leave this overnight. By morning, the sugar should be soft again.

Method 4
Slice of apple

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    Place the hard brown sugar in a plastic bag that can be sealed, or into the brown sugar container.
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    Add a slice of apple and seal the bag. This method is similar to the soft bread method.

Method 5
Kitchen foil

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    Chip off a piece of dried sugar. Wrap it in kitchen foil.
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    Bake in the oven at 150ºC/300ºF for five minutes.
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    Remove and allow to cool. The sugar should be soft again.

Method 6
Marshmallows

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    Place one to two large marshmallows in with the brown sugar. Either a bag or a sugar container will work, provided it's airtight.
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    Leave it be. The marshmallows will soften the sugar for you. Leave them in there, and the sugar will stay soft.

Tips

  • Stop the sugar from hardening in the first place by adding a terracotta sugar buddy to the sugar container. These can be purchased from many kitchen stores in all sorts of fun shapes and will keep the moisture in your sugar.
  • Placing one or two saltine crackers into your sugar container will also help keep the sugar soft.
  • Prevent the sugar from hardening in the first place by adding a few peels of carrot. It prevents the sugar from hardening for years, and will also soften hardened brown sugar in about 20 minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Slice of soft bread and sealable plastic bag; or
  • Microwave and bowl; or
  • Bowl and tea towel of similar heavy cloth; or
  • A slice of apple and sealable plastic bag

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Categories: Baking | Food Preparation