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    How to Soften Brown Sugar Immediately

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    AmyZoe's Note:

    I got a great buy on organic brown sugar because it was hard as a rock. I'd heard you can throw in whole unpeeled apples or a slice of bread to soften it up, but I never got around to doing it and needed soft brown sugar right away. I couldn't wait a day or 2 to try these techniques. If you live in Idaho or Utah you become familiar with brown sugar that's hard-as-bricks--people in the humid south don't have this problem. A trick to try if your brown sugar is soft and you want to keep it that way--store it in the bottom vegetable bin inside the refrigerator. Your brown sugar will stay nice and soft. Courtesy of

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    1. 1
      Place brown sugar into a bowl and place in microwave.
    2. 2
      Fill another bowl with water and place in microwave with brown sugar.
    3. 3
      Microwave for 1 minute and check brown sugar. If it is still hard, try it for 30 seconds longer.
    4. 4
      I actually softened my entire bag of brown sugar at one time and continued this method until it was softened. It took several minutes, and I broke it apart with my hands toward the end.
    5. 5
      If you are concerned about burning yourself with boiling water that explodes, throw a few toothpicks in your water to break the surface and allow the water to boil properly. (I did not try this method because I never think this way--that's why my nickname is Runs with Scissors). After I did this I read that water can be superheated and explode.

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    • on November 28, 2012


      I was in the middle of making oatmeal cookies and my brown sugar was hard, I tried this and it really works. Took me about 5 min to soften a cup of brown sugar. It was soft enough to crumble with my fingers. I will not forget this one. I did put the toothpicks in the water and all was okay. Thanks AmyZoe,

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    • on February 26, 2010


      I didn't do the entire bag of brown sugar, I just had a little and it seemed to work really well! Though definitely keep an eye on it, after the first minute, especially if you have a smaller amount.

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    Nutritional Facts for How to Soften Brown Sugar Immediately

    Serving Size: 1 (0 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 0.0
    Calories from Fat 0
    Total Fat 0.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 0.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 0.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 0.0 g
    Protein 0.0 g

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