“I have a brand new bag of dark brown sugar which has become nearly rock hard. Do you have any ideas for what to do with this – I hate to throw it out!”
Don’t throw it out! Place your brown sugar in an air-tight container and add a slice of bread to the container. Place the bread on the top of the brown sugar. By the next day, you should find your sugar softened and your bread should be hard. I like to use whole wheat bread for this task. If no one in your family likes the heel, this would be an excellent use for the heel of the loaf. Many times, half a slice will work but in your case, I’d put the entire slice into the container. This same technique works for cookies that are getting hard in your cookie jar. Add it to your cookie jar and the bread will keep your home-made cookies nice and soft. I wish I could explain the science behind this (because I’m sure there is some!) but this method does work. When the bread is completely solid, I feed it to my chickens. They’re pretty happy with any people food!
What’s your trick for keeping brown sugar soft?
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