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How do you dry out brown sugar in the oven?

I like to make a large batch of dry rub to use over time, but the brown sugar always clumps. I have used bread or mini marshmallows to keep this from happening- I like the marshmallows best because no dry bread crumbs end up in the mix. I heard/saw/dreamed that there was a way to dry brown sugar in the oven to keep it from clumping over time. I'd like to know if others have tried this method, what temp/time was used, and if it really works. Thanks!

asked by a Whole Foods Market Customer about 6 years ago

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ChefOno
added about 6 years ago


There are a number of approaches you can take. As anyone who has ever purchased brown sugar in a cardboard box knows, it doesn't take long for it to dry out by just leaving an open container sitting on the counter for a while. You can speed up the process by spreading it out on a sheet tray and popping it in a low oven for an hour or so. The texture will still be loose when it's hot; let it cool before deciding if it's dry enough. The microwave will also get the job done. You can simply purchase granulated brown sugar. Or you can do what I do: I make my rub with dark brown sugar and plenty of kosher salt. Stored in an airtight container, I've never had a problem with clumping. Sometimes the container needs a good shaking before use but that's about the extent of it. Hope this helps.

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cindy914
added over 3 years ago

Is it possible to dry regular brown sugar in the oven to make it granulated brown sugar?

foofaraw
added over 3 years ago

Maybe mixing the brown sugar with some cornstarch to reduce clumps before baking it slowly in the oven?

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