How to Revive Dry Brown Sugar

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A hard lump of brown sugar can throw a wrench into your baking plans. Instead of rushing out to the store for a new bag, take a few minutes and revive your existing store of sugar. Brown sugar contains molasses. As the moisture from the molasses evaporates, the sugar can dry out and turn into a cement-like lump. You can quickly add moisture with the help of heat if you need to soften the sugar quickly.

Step 1

Place the lump of hardened brown sugar in a microwave-safe bowl. The rim of the bowl must sit higher than the lump of sugar.

Step 2

Lay a slice of soft bread or a slightly dampened paper towel on top of the sugar. Cover the entire bowl with a layer of plastic wrap.

Step 3

Heat the bowl in the microwave for 10 to 20 seconds, then check the sugar. Continue to heat in 10-second increments until the lump has softened enough to measure and use. Avoid overheating, which can burn or liquefy the sugar.

Step 4

Measure out the amount of sugar needed and place the remainder in an airtight storage container. Place fresh slice of bread, a slightly moistened towel or two or three fresh apple slices in the container; otherwise, the brown sugar will harden again as it cools.

Step 5

Place the lid tightly on the container and store. Remove the bread, towel or apple slices in two days once the sugar has absorbed the moisture.