7 Ways To Keep Brown Sugar Soft

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Do you need some ideas on how to soften that hard chunk of brown sugar in your pantry? I have you covered with seven ways to soften it. Have you opened a bag or container with brown sugar and it has some large chunks and you can’t scoop out the 1/2 cup you need? Well here are seven easy ways to soften it.

White sugar may get a few chunks but they break up fairly quickly, unlike brown sugar.

7 Ways To Soften Brown Sugar:

1. The Brown Sugar Saver: it’s a ceramic disk that you soak for about 15 minutes and pat dry and place it in your brown sugar container. This will keep it soft for up to 3 months when kept in an airtight container. When it hardens again, then you re-soak the ceramic piece for 15 minutes, you then pat it dry and place it back in the container! Love this!

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I put the disk in the container and put the lid on for about 4 hours. I then removed the lid and started breaking up the chunks with a fork, easy peasy, it just started crumbling. Yep, I got rid of the large hard chunks. I LOVE this!

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2. You can microwave the brown sugar with a small bowl of water next to it while the water is steaming. Be careful not to melt the sugar. Check it every few seconds. It’s good to go almost instantly.

3. Place a few small chunks in your food processor….keyword…small! Use the Pulse or chop button. It will break them up enough that you could then measure it a lot easier. Please do not overload and burn out your processor.

4. Put a few apple slices in the brown sugar container overnight and remove them the next day. It’s ready to use!

5. Place a slice of bread in your container overnight and remove it the next day.

6. Marshmallows work as well, place a few in the container overnight and remove them when softened.

7. You can also freeze it and thaw it when needed. This wouldn’t work for me but if you only use small amounts this is a great idea.

I try to store mine in FoodSaver Bags or large buckets with the unopened sealed bags inside. It just seems that every time I need some brown sugar it still has the lumps or chunks, my favorite solution is the ceramic disk. This is the one I have: JBK Hummingbird Terra Cotta Saver If you have tips on keeping your brown sugar soft, please let me know and I will add this to this list. Thank you!!

New tips from readers:

Emily: Since I have discovered Lock n Lock containers I have no more lumps or hard brown sugar. These containers are air and bug tight. Finally….after all these years of messing with apple slices, terra cotta discs, etc.

Survival food storage by Linda

11 thoughts on “7 Ways To Keep Brown Sugar Soft

  • May 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm
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    Linda, I JUST threw a box away! I’ll remember this next time, thanks 🙂

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  • May 21, 2013 at 5:46 am
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    I used to do the apple slices thing, but lately I’ve used the small bowl of water right next to a bowl of boiling water in the microwave. I make sure the water is boiling hot first, then I add the bowl of brown sugar to sit next to it. Then it only needs about 20 to 40 seconds on high, depending on the amount of sugar you’re trying to soften. I’d start out with the lower time first then stir a bit and put back in if more time is needed.

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    • May 21, 2013 at 5:47 am
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      Sorry meant to type I’ve used the small bowl of boiling water right next to a bowl of brown sugar in the microwave. I think it’s time to go to bed as I’m not thinking or typing clearly and I’m yawning. Sorry.

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  • August 11, 2015 at 10:29 am
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    Since I have discovered Lock n Lock containers I have no more lumps or hard brown sugar. These containers are air and bug tight. Finally….after all these years of messing with apple slices, terra cotta discs, etc.

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    • August 11, 2015 at 8:58 pm
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      Hi Emily, thanks for the tip, I am adding it to my post. I am going to have to try some of those. Thank you, Linda

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  • August 11, 2015 at 7:17 pm
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    Oh, I get it now. Only comments that agree with you are posted. A rural wannnebee type, after all.

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    • August 11, 2015 at 9:03 pm
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      Hi Emily, I am sorry it took me so long to put your comment on my post. I love to add ideas from my readers. Linda

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  • August 15, 2015 at 11:18 pm
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    Linda, I just have to say that it really hurts my feelings when some people are so rude to you!!! I guess that they don’t understand how much time and effort that you put into helping others?? I, for one am so appreciative of ALL the things that you so willingly help me with!! THANK YOU!!!

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    • August 16, 2015 at 6:14 am
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      LaRene, you just made my day! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Hugs! Linda

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  • February 1, 2019 at 6:51 pm
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    These are great tips for softening brown sugar. Thanks.
    Do you have any tips for softening regular white sugar? I have 9 lbs that are rock hard and hate to toss.

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    • February 1, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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      Hi Terry, there are two items that you can never have moisture or oxygen absorbers, salt, and sugar. There are a few things you can do. Place some sugar in a bag (chisel it out of the 9-pound bag), use a meat tenderizer to “hammer” it. Oh man, I do not like rock hard sugar. You can use a food processor if you can dig out some small chunks, be careful when you use the “pulse” button on the processor. You can try using a wet (not dripping) paper towel by placing the damp towel in the bucket overnight and hopefully you can use a knife or fork to break apart the sugar. Be careful with the pulse on the processor because you do not want powdered sugar, just giving you the heads up. Linda

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