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Old 11-04-2007, 11:51 AM   #1
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ISO help keeping brown sugar soft

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my question is about brown sugar. I buy a bag and then we eat some with our cream of wheat, etc.. and then after awhile in the pantry the brown sugar turns rock hard. how to keep my brown sugar from getting hard? thanks.

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Old 11-04-2007, 12:08 PM   #2
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Store in an Air tight container, not the original container. I use a zip lock in side of a tupper ware container. You can also buy little round disc, (terra cotta I think) that you soak in water, wipe off, and store with the sugar to keep the molasses hydrated. I've never used one, but are said to work. I've heard that refrigeration helps as well...

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I just keep a piece of bread in mine, when bread gets hard - add a fresh one.
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Old 11-04-2007, 12:18 PM   #4
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I do the bread thing too. If your sugar is rock hard, go ahead and add one or two pieces of bread in an airtight container. After a couple of days the sugar should soften. I do this also with cookies that may have been baked too long and are hard. Just add a piece of bread and they soften right up.
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Old 11-04-2007, 12:20 PM   #5
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I put a couple of small, about the size of a vanilla wafer, pieces of broken clay flowerpot through a couple of cycles of the dishwasher, then I keep them in with the brown sugar. My brown sugar has stayed soft for over 14 years using this method.
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Old 11-04-2007, 12:30 PM   #6
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If you have a food saver, the jar sealer feature or canisters work really well.
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Old 11-04-2007, 12:33 PM   #7
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My brown sugar has stayed soft for over 14 years using this method
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Somebody is bound to ask, so it may as well be me! You don't have 14 year old brown sugar do ya?


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Old 11-04-2007, 12:46 PM   #8
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I also have a little terra cotta thingy (it's in the shape of a bear - sold specifically for keeping brown sugar soft) that I soak in water periodically then put back in my brown sugar container - which I keep in the fridge. I hardly ever use brown sugar - baking is not my thing - yet I've only had brown sugar get hard once with this method. It was just last month and the brown sugar was from last Christmas. B4 my terra cotta bear I used a slice of apple. That worked well. You have to change it out frequently tho.
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About ten seconds in the microwave, and you're good to go!
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Old 11-04-2007, 02:01 PM   #10
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Somebody is bound to ask, so it may as well be me! You don't have 14 year old brown sugar do ya?


No, silly boy! Lots of brown sugar has made its way in and out of my storage container during those 14 years.
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