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jkl
04-06-2012, 01:51 PM
I will be baking sweet potatoes for Easter Sunday. My fairly new box of brown sugar is hard. How can I soften it so that I can use it? Thanks.

PRlady
04-06-2012, 01:58 PM
I will be baking sweet potatoes for Easter Sunday. My fairly new box of brown sugar is hard. How can I soften it so that I can use it? Thanks.

Put it in a ziploc bag and microwave on the defrost cycle for about 3 minutes.

michiruwater
04-06-2012, 02:11 PM
Check it frequently when microwaving though, to make sure it doesn't burn. I've burnt it almost any time I've microwaved it, and I've never found that microwaving it does the trick that well, but it might be my Very Old microwave.

Here's an article with some other tips. (http://tipnut.com/10-ways-to-soften-hard-brown-sugar/)

If worse comes to worse, all brown sugar is is 1 tablespoon of molasses forked through 1 cup of sugar. You could just do that. Just pour the molasses on, and keep forking through and mixing around until all the sugar is brown. It's easy and way more flavorful than the store-bought stuff. I never buy brown sugar anymore.

BittyBug
04-06-2012, 02:14 PM
I microwave mine in successive 15 second increments until it's soft.

aka_gerbil
04-06-2012, 02:15 PM
I've sucessfully softened brown sugar by putting it and a piece of sandwich bread down in a ziploc bag overnight

Aceon6
04-06-2012, 02:17 PM
When desperate, I break off a chunk and put it in the food processor.

Cachoo
04-06-2012, 02:55 PM
Damp paper towel in the container with the sugar overnight.

cruisin
04-06-2012, 03:15 PM
Another thing you could do is chop off as much as you need. Then let the brown sugar soak in the liquids for the sweet potato dish, until it dissolves. If you can't exactly measure (since it's hard as a rock), recipes for this type of dish are approximate, if you have a little bit more or less sugar, it won't hurt anything. It's not like baking where measurement is crucial.

LilJen
04-06-2012, 04:26 PM
Put an apple slice in the bag.

AliasJohnDoe
04-06-2012, 04:57 PM
I've always kept my brown sugar (in a ziplock) in the fruit drawer of my refrigerator. It's never gotten hard on me.

A.H.Black
04-06-2012, 05:10 PM
Amazing ideas. I think every post is a good one.

Bailey_
04-06-2012, 06:09 PM
My mom always used bread. I have a ceramic disc that you soak in water and put in the container. Both work well.

emason
04-06-2012, 06:44 PM
I second Liljen's suggestion. A cut up apple in a bag with the sugar overnight always does the trick for me. The idea behind softening up the sugar is to introduce moisture in some way, but without soaking the sugar and making it a gloppy mess.

taf2002
04-06-2012, 09:01 PM
I keep mine in a tight Tupperware container with a slice of bread, usually the heel. When I finish a loaf of bread, I replace the heel in the brown sugar. It never gets hard.

Skate Talker
04-06-2012, 09:08 PM
I always was changing pieces of bread too, but found the ziploc bac did the trick without the bread if I remember to squeeze out most of the air.