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10 Ways To Soften Hard Brown Sugar

Posted By Tipnut On July 27, 2009 @ 7:11 am In Food Tips | 105 Comments

It happens to the best of us: rock hard brown sugar. How to soften it? You’ll find ten easy tips below.

Examples*If you need it for immediate use, the last 4 quick tips will help you.

  • Keep it stored in an airtight container with a slice of fresh bread placed on top. Seal and leave overnight. It should be fresh again in the morning, if not just let it sit another day or two.
  • Sprinkle a few drops of water over the chunk, seal in a plastic bag and let sit for a couple days.
  • Place in an open container, then top with a moistened cloth (paper towel works too). Let sit overnight.
  • Seal it in an airtight container with a few apple slices. This should fix it up within the next day or two. Remove apple slices once it’s fixed.
  • Use foil or plastic wrap to cover the top then set a dampened sheet of paper towel (not dripping wet) on top of the foil. Seal in an airtight container and let sit overnight or a few days as needed. Remove foil and paper towel once the towel is dry and the mass is fresh again.
  • Buy a clay disc or if you have a pottery piece on hand (from a broken clay pot, etc.), set it in water for about 30 minutes. Dry the piece so it isn’t dripping wet. Put the clay piece in a container with the sugar and seal. Check after a few days. Keep it in the container for months if you’d like–this will help prevent the problem from happening in the first place.


  • Need it now? Put it in a container and set in the microwave with a small bowl full of water beside it. Microwave for about 1 minute–check. If it’s not ready, try for another 30 seconds. You can keep doing this until it’s nice and soft, but watch that you don’t melt it.
  • Place the chunk in a baking pan and set in oven (temperature at about 250° F). Check after 5 minutes. If still not ready, continue checking every few minutes until it is.
  • Place the mass in a microwave safe plastic bag. Take a square of paper towel and moisten with water (not dripping wet–wring out excess). Arrange the wet paper towel in the bag with the sugar and seal. Heat in the microwave for approximately 20 seconds. If still not ready, microwave for a few seconds more, repeating until it’s ok and ready to use. Be careful it doesn’t get too hot and melt.
  • Stick small pieces in a food processor or blender and chop/pulse until usable.
  • For best results, make sure to keep it stored in a sealed, airtight container. A couple fresh marshmallows or a clay disc kept in the container can help prevent the problem. You can also keep it in the freezer and set it out a few hours before using.

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