Soften Brown Sugar With Bread – Today’s Cooking Tip

Brown sugar is great in recipes but if you don’t use the whole box of it, you will likely find a hardened mess the next time you open the box.   No need to throw it away!  Just use this cooking tip to soften brown sugar easily.

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Use this tip to Soften Brown Sugar

Add a slice of bread to the bag of brown sugar. Within a few hours (longer if it is really hard), the brown sugar will become soft again.

Why does this work?   The slice of bread contains moisture. This moisture will evaporate if the bread is exposed to air.  However, if the only air is in a sealed container with dried out brown sugar, the water vapor molecules will stick to the sugar crystals. This causes them to be surrounded by a thin layer of water, so the sugar softens and crumbles.

Other tricks to soften brown sugar.

  • zap it in the microwave for a few seconds
  • cover it with a damp, clean towel and leave overnight. It will be soft by morning.
  • place the brown sugar in a zip lock bag and add a slice of apple.
  • wrap brown sugar in aluminum foil and cook it in a 300 degree oven for 5 minutes.

What have you tried to soften brown sugar? Please leave your comments below.

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