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

asked by Jdblades almost 7 years ago

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Amanda Hesser

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added almost 7 years ago

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

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added almost 7 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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added almost 7 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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added almost 7 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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added almost 7 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 almost 7 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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