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This should be simple: How do I soften hardened brown sugar?

asked by Jdblades about 8 years ago

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Amanda Hesser
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added about 8 years ago

Heat it in the microwave (in a dish, covered) -- 15 seconds at a time -- until it's soft.

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Martin69
added about 8 years ago

IMHO I would thorw it away... but! If you put it in a blender it should break it up to where it's usable. Sounds like the moisture is all gone, should still taste okay.

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beyondcelery
added about 8 years ago

Tape a damp paper towel to the underside of the lid, seal it up, and let it sit for about 1-2 hours. The sugar will re-absorb moisture from the paper towel and soft right up.

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mainecook61
added about 8 years ago

Put a few slices of apple in the bag of sugar and seal it up. Works like a miracle.

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Jon Palmer
added about 8 years ago

Syronai's method is good. I was going to suggest a damp kitchen towel.

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Amanda Hesser
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added about 8 years ago

The kitchen towel and apple tricks are the best when you have time because they'll add moisture back to the sugar. The microwave method is for when you're in the middle of making a recipe and need to soften it quickly.

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