How to Soften Brown Sugar Quickly | Real Simple

Is your package of brown sugar a rock-hard mess? Here’s how to soften it.

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17 Replies to “How to Soften Brown Sugar Quickly | Real Simple”

  1. I feel the information in this video was not specific enough. I followed the instructions, but after thirty seconds, I had nothing but wet toffee.

  2. It is easy to keep brown sugar from hardening in the first place. After using brown sugar, I fold tight the top of the plastic bag it is in, squeezing as much air out as I can, and put a rubber band around it. I Then put that bag inside a 1 quart zipper top bag, squeeze as much air out as I can, and zip the bag shut. (I have Glad "zipper top" bags, but I am sure ziplock works also.) I then put the sugar back in the box and keep it in the refrigerator. My sugar never hardens and I know I sometimes have kept it well over 6 months.

  3. thank you! I have a whole bag of brown sugar, hardly used and hard as a rock. Now I can use it all!

  4. 30 second intervals in the microwave is too long…it turns to liquid! 5-10 sec intervals, MAX…especially for smaller batches.

  5. DON'T add water to sugar !!! It will heat and dissolve sugar into syrup!
    Just put damp cloth over bowl. At most just add two drips of water…not teaspoons!!

  6. This didn't work at all for me. The only part that softened was the part that had the teaspoons of water dribbled on it.

  7. Thank you for this test! I had been adding a wet paper towel, but the suggestion of a teaspoon of water is what worked for me. Thanks so much.

  8. This video just saved me a ton of money. I've been throwing away the hard sugar like a dumb ass. Thank you so much.

  9. Thank you for this wonderful tip!! I had a half open package of brown sugar and another 3/4 full package of open golden yellow sugar. Each was hard as a rock!! I put each in a glass bowl. Added 1 tsp of water and a moist paper towel cover. Microwaved for 30 seconds and started to chip away at it. I did it in 30 second intervals to soften the sugar and it worked great. Took a little patience as I was worried about making a syrupy mess, but no syrup occurred. Yay. Now both my sugars are ready to be used. Useful and satisfying tip.

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