It is Easter morning and I have family coming for dinner! When I went to get my sugar from the pantry, I discovered it was hard as a rock. Since I am out in the country far from a store, getting a new bag was not an option. I went to ask.com for info as to how to soften it. One suggestion was to beat the h*** out of it lol and another was to microwave with a small bowl of water. First of all, sugar hardens because of humidity or moisture getting into the bag; so I didn't think the small bowl of water was a good idea.
Therefore, I put the whole bag in the microwave for 3 minutes on medium. Turn the bag over once during this process. I removed the bag and using a cutting board I kept beating the bag on the board first one way and then another (not so hard as to burst the bag). The whole bag was soft within minutes and saved my day! I hope this helps someone in the future