The 20-Second Tip to Soften Brown Sugar

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How to Soften Brown Sugar in 20 Seconds from CupcakesAndCrinoline.com

 

In the Kitchen Have you ever had a bag of brown sugar, one that you had never even opened and yet when you went to use it in a recipe it was hard as a rock?  If you answered yes to that I am here to help you.  I had that happen to me the other day.  I was making a Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce for some ribs and my brand new bag of brown sugar was hard…..rock like….hard as a brick.  I was really frustrated but remembered a tip I had come across to make brown sugar soft.  I had nothing to lose so I gave it a try and it worked!

The tip I read said to do this in a plastic bag but I didn’t want to nuke food in plastic so I used a glass measuring cup instead and it worked like a charm.

The Easy Way to Soften Brown Sugar

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1.  Place your brown sugar in a glass, microwave-safe, container.  

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2.  Dampen a paper towel with water.  I wet my towel and then squeezed it out.  You want it damp but not soggy.

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3.  Place the dampened paper towel on top of the brown sugar.

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4.  Cover your bowel with a lid or plate that is microwave-safe.

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5.  Place in microwave on high for 20 seconds.  

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6.  Remove from microwave and stir with a fork breaking up the brown sugar chunks.  This will not be hard to do as the they are now soft chunks, not hard.  

7.  Continue this cycle if necessary until all of the large, hard chunks are gone.   I had to do this 3 times for my container.

You now have soft brown sugar that you can use in your recipe!

Do you have a favorite tip for keeping your brown sugar soft?  

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Comments

  1. great tip! I also do not micro anything in plastic either! I’m always telling my kids not to!

  2. Now that I know the secret it will take the suspense out of who will get the hard knob of brown sugar in their cookie.
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  3. This is a great idea and really does work! A preventive measure that I’ve been using for years now is a small clay disk that I purchased at BBB that you soak in water and then simply keep in your brown sugar container. I don’t use a lot of brown sugar, so this works so well for me. I never have rock-hard brown sugar anymore.
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  4. Yay!! I needed this tip! I have a whole container full of hard brown sugar. I can’t wait to use your tip MaryBeth. Thanks so much.
    Make it a great weekend.

  5. Just tried it!! Worked fantastically–one container of hard brown sugar down, two to go :) Thanks Mary Beth.
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  6. Thanks Mary Beth, I didn’t know this tip!!

  7. You can also prevent your brown sugar from getting hard in the first place. Squeeze the box when you buy it to be sure it’s not hard. Once you open it, keep the remainder in plastic in your freezer.

    No more hard brown sugar.
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