Does anyone have any tips to keep Brown Sugar from drying out?

Danielle - posted on 02/26/2011 ( 109 moms have responded )

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My Brown Sugar always dries out and becomes rock hard before I get a chance to use the entire bag.

Does anyone have any tips to re-moisten the bag, or tip to avoid it from happening?

I'm tired of throwing away money, and I don't have the patience to chip it away from a massive rock-hard heap of sugar.

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Amy - posted on 02/26/2011

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You need a brown sugar stone, its a piece of pottery clay that you soak in water for 3 mins, pat dry, put it in the bottom of your brown sugar container and the moisture from it helps keep your brown sugar from turning into a rock :D Hope this helps

Pam - posted on 02/27/2011

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I stopped buying brown sugar a long time ago. I found out regular sugar with molasses added to it is the same thing. The molasses is taken out when they refine it. Just add a little for lite or a little more for the dark version. Saves time and money.

User - posted on 02/26/2011

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Put it in an airtight container and place a piece of bread in with it. Change the bread once a month.

Jamie - posted on 02/28/2011

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the heel of a piece of bread worked great when my grandmother showed me I never forgot how good the piece of bread tasted too when that bag was gone mmm

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Danielle - posted on 03/11/2011

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Holy Moly!
I haven't been around to check this question in a while, but am surprised by the response. :)
Thank you all for your time and advice.
I feel at this time I am confident there are a lot of suggestions I can try for my dilemma.

Thanks again everyone.

Diane - posted on 03/11/2011

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yes !! put it in your vegetable crisper...stays for months after it's been opened. Or, you can get a piece of clay, they would probably sell then in kitchen stores...you get it wet and put it into the brown sugar bag. But, the vegetable crisper works for much longer...good luck !!

Wai Kee - posted on 03/10/2011

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I keep my brown sugar in a plastic air-tight container. Stays soft for a long time.

User - posted on 03/09/2011

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Don't put it in the microwave as someone suggested. You will burn your microwave right up. Pieces of apples inside the container help making the hardened sugar moist again. To avoid hardening, keep it closed all the time.

Diane - posted on 03/09/2011

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Put it in a ziploc bag and put a slice of bread in there with it, the bread will soak up the moisture

Kyona - posted on 03/09/2011

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I keep it in its original box or bag seal it then put it in a plastic bag n seal that. It usually holds its moisture (Dominoes light Brown sugar)

Janet - posted on 03/09/2011

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This may sound nuts but in your air tight container put a piece of white bread at the bottom them pour your brown sugar on top,place lid on it and when you run out of brown sugar replace the piece of bread with a new piece. Its so simple AND it really works!!

Rachael - posted on 03/08/2011

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Hey Danielle,
I use to have the same problem then someone told me to cut a piece off of an apple and put it in your dish of brown sugar. It works great. Just remember now and then if you don't use it a lot to replace the older piece of apple with a new one once it dries up. I have also seen in some places that you can buy these little things to put in your dish. The one I saw was in one of those little magazines you sometimes get in the mail with all kinds of wicked stuff for good prices but the shipping and handling is crazy...LOL I never did try one though cause the apple works.
Good luck, let us know how ya get along

Carla - posted on 03/08/2011

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Hi Danielle,
Have you tried storing your brown sugar in Tupperware. Tupperware not only seals in the freshness but keeps the brown sugar from going rock hard and keeps out any little creepy crawling bugs that might be lurking about. I store all my pantry goods (salt, sugar, flour, baking soda, etc.) in Tupperware modular mates, which I call "legos for adults" because of how well they fit your cupboards. Yes, before you ask I do sell Tupperware and would be glad to help you solve your hard brown sugar and other pantry problems. Take care, Carla Brice

Cindy - posted on 03/08/2011

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put a piece of bread into the bag,this will keep the sugar from drying out.....bread will get stale too,so change it periodically!!

Rachael - posted on 03/08/2011

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all u gotta do is put the bag in the microwave open with a cup of water next to it for 2 or 3 min. if u don't have a turntable after each min. turn it. with this trick u can do it over and over each time u need it.

Patricia - posted on 03/08/2011

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Just got this tip the other day. Place brick of hard brown sugar on piece of aluminum foil; wrap it up and place in a 300* oven for 5 minutes. Hope you like it.

Kelley - posted on 03/08/2011

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I saw this on TV today. You can put the brown sugar in a ziploc bag and then insert a damp paper towel, careful not to touch the sugar. Let it sit overnight, and it should moisten the sugar. At least that is what was said today on TV.

Summer - posted on 03/08/2011

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If you take just the peel of a lemon wedge and place in the bag of brown sugar it will keep it moist

Giuliana - posted on 03/08/2011

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One put a piece of bread in it, but the best results I have had has been an airtight container and I do not use plastic wrap and it stays fresh.

Gaela - posted on 03/08/2011

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I usually freeze my brown sugar if I think it will be a while before I use it. I also keep some in an airtight jar. If the brown sugar gets hard, you can heat it for a few seconds in the microwave or just add an apple slice to the jar and in a day or two, the sugar will be soft again.

Misty - posted on 03/08/2011

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I have a clay brown sugar stone. It's the easiest and least ecpensive method around. I soak in cold water for a few minutes and put it in my container with the sugar and TahDah!! That's what my 2 year old would say. I keep mine on top or in the middle and every 2-3 months I repeat. If I am using it is when I usually will repeat. I don't use it that often except thru the holidays. Hope I helped

Gisela - posted on 03/08/2011

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I leave it in the original packaging and once I open it I put it in a ziplock bag and squeeze out as much air as possible and its worked for me.

Leng - posted on 03/08/2011

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Hi Danielle. I don't know if this will work in your country, by the way, I'm from Philippines. About the sugar, I always put my sugar in the refrigerator. You can try it, though. Hope it will work.

Melissa - posted on 03/08/2011

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I put my brown sugar in a ziplock bag in the freezer, and it stays soft even though its in the freezer. Got that tip from my chef friend

Tina - posted on 03/08/2011

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Keep it in an air tight container in the refrigerator. You can also purchase a little stoneware piece that you soak in water for like 5 minutes, dry off, and keep it in the brown sugar. It keeps it moist, and you just resoak it as needed. I do both of these things, and mine lasts forever.

Kelly - posted on 03/08/2011

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I keep it in the orignal bag, but make sure that it is packed well, the bag folded several times and use a clothespin to keep the air out. It seems to work for me.

Danielle - posted on 03/07/2011

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I was always told to put a slice of bread in with your brown sugar, that will soften it back up and help keep it moist.

Lisa - posted on 03/07/2011

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Best if placed in a ziploc bag, but will work in a Tupperware too...just take some fresh orange or lemon peel and place in for a day or two. The sugar will soak up the moisture from the peel and you'll be good to go!

Lorie - posted on 03/07/2011

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i always keep mine in an air tight container (perfect use for empty plastic coffee "cans"). i tend to buy the ziplock bag instead of the box too. also, you can try keeping a slice of bread (change it when the bread gets too stale) or a slice of apple (change when too brown) in the container with the brown sugar.
and worst case, you can microwave the sugar in a safe dish for a few seconds at a time to soften it up.

Estela - posted on 03/07/2011

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The clay piece works for me. I bought it a few years ago at Bed Bath & Beyond. It is in the shape of a bear. ;))

Krista - posted on 03/07/2011

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A zip-lock bag will do the trick. I have been keeping mine in them for the last 6 years and it stays soft.

Jennifer - posted on 03/07/2011

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Put a couple of marshmallows in with the brown sugar. I'm not sure why but it works like a charm.

Linda - posted on 03/07/2011

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I always place a fresh slice of bread in mine and for double measure, I squeeze all the air from the bag and place that bag into a ziploc with all air removed. Works perfectly.

Lori - posted on 03/07/2011

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Put a piece of white bread in the bottom of your container. I'm not sure if wheat works.. Bread will get hard, but the sugar will stay soft! Cheaper than the clay piece... That's all I use!

Nancy - posted on 03/07/2011

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After I am done using brown sugar I seal up in a Ziplock and put into the freezer. Take out of freezer and get to room temp and it's still soft

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