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    Default Unharden Brown Sugar?

    I received a bunch of brown sugar from my kitchen-inept brother, and it's all dry and hard as concrete. I tried blending some in the blender, but it became very powdery. Any ideas on how I can soften it to it's regular soft consistancy?

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    Tips for softening brown sugar:

    Brown sugar becomes hard when moisture in the sugar evaporates. Therefore, the various methods used for softening brown sugar are intended to return moisture to the sugar.

    To soften hard brown sugar, place an open bag of sugar in the microwave with a cup of water next to it. Microwave on high (100%) for 2-3 minutes. If your microwave doesn't have a carousel, turn the bag after each minute. NOTE: This worked great, but isn't a permanent fix. Any unused sugar will dry up again. However, the process can be repeated each time you need sugar.

    Place about 1/2 lb. of hardened brown sugar in microwave safe bowl. Cover sugar with two pieces of wet paper towels. Tightly cover bowl with plastic wrap. Heat in microwave at HIGH for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes.* Divide sugar with fork (sugar will be hot); stir. Use immediately. *Microwave ovens vary in power; cooking time may need adjustment.

    Place a piece of foil or plastic wrap directly on the sugar. Set a piece of crumpled, dampened paper towel on the foil. Cover container tightly. The sugar will absorb the moisture from the paper towel and become soft. Remove the paper towel when it has dried out.

    Place about 1/2 lb. of hardened brown sugar in a bowl. Cover sugar with two pieces of wet paper towels. Cover bowl tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Let stand overnight at room temperature. Divide sugar with fork; stir. Use immediately.

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    You can also put in a piece of fresh store purchased bread in with the brown sugar and seal tight. Works great! I've never tried using homemade bread.

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    Thanks. I needed this information also.

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    Next time put a peice of clay pot into your brown sugar. Smooth the edges of the broken peice with sandpaper and run it through your dishwasher first. It keeps the brown sugar soft. I have had my broken peice for for years.

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    Excellent. Great tips! Thanks!

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    I haven't tried this, but I read somewhere that a slice of apple placed in the brown sugar will keep it soft.

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    i dont have any tips for undrying it, but i do keep mine stored in the freezer. i set it out a few mins before i want to use it and its like i had just bought it.

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