Keeping Brown Sugar Fresh

Updated on October 31, 2008
D.M. asks from Pickerington, OH
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I always seem to have trouble keeping my brown sugar fresh and soft. It seems that every time I go to use it, it is hard as a rock:( I keep the bag wrapped up and closed with a rubber band and then place that in a large zip lock bag, but it isn't working. Any suggestions?

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A lot of you are suggesting using a piece of bread. This sounds really easy because I always have bread in the house. However, doesn't the bread get moldy????

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M.B.

answers from Cleveland on

Put a slice of bread in the bag with the sugar and close it with the rubber band. I've been doing this for years and it always works--even with sugar that has already hardened. It will soften in a couple days!

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R.P.

answers from Youngstown on

I keep mine in a tupperware - still keeping it in the bag also... haven't had a problem since I started doing this! I love it!

It is similar to a cereal keeper - it has a lid within a lid - well, I guess any tupperware would do the same thing. ;)

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E.B.

answers from Cincinnati on

The bread doesn't get moldy at all! I always toss the heel of a loaf of bread in with the brown sugar, and that way I don't waste anything.

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P.K.

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If you put a slice of bread in the bag with the brown sugar, it will stay soft. Enjoy

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J.R.

answers from Cleveland on

I keep all of my baking supplies (flour, sugar, brown sugar, etc.) in Tupperware Modular Mates. They're awesome. Actually, I have them for cereal too. Anyway, my brown sugar is always as soft as the day I bought it.

And, no, I am not, nor have I ever been a Tupperware Salesperson. :)

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M.B.

answers from Cleveland on

Put a slice of bread in the bag with the sugar and close it with the rubber band. I've been doing this for years and it always works--even with sugar that has already hardened. It will soften in a couple days!

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U.L.

answers from Cleveland on

I have found that you can place a piece of white bread in the package (also, true for white sugars) and it stays moist and sweet smelling...when the bread becomes hard.........I replace it, it has always worked wonders for me.........this will work with cookies in a cookie jar or cakes in a cake plate, as well...my mother shared that secret with me, many moons ago, and now she is gone, and I have to smile each time I place a piece of bread into an item that is hardening.........

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D.R.

answers from Indianapolis on

Hi! The best way I have found is to put a piece of bread in the bag and seal the bag up. The bread absorbs the moisture keeping the brown sugar nice and moist and fresh! Depending on how long you keep the brown sugar, you may need to throw out the hard bread and replace it. I just tear off a piece of the heal of the bread.

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K.L.

answers from Indianapolis on

put it in a ziploc bag with a iece of bread, stays fresh forever!!!

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J.H.

answers from Columbus on

Hi D. -

I bought a ceramic or clay disk that you soak in water then dry the excess water off and put in the bag with the brown sugar. Since I have used it I have had fresh soft brown sugar. I occasiaonlly have to resoak the disc (1-2 times per year). This is low maintenance and works well. I think I ordered it from a cataloge but I have seen it at places like Linens and things or Bed, Bath and Beyond!

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L.

answers from Cleveland on

I keep mine in a canister and put a 1/4 of an apple in the canister. it keeps the sugar soft. I don't remember where I learned this.

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T.P.

answers from Cleveland on

we keep our brown sugar in a tuperwear dish with a tight lid, yeah we have to use a butter knife to open it but it is always soft. hope this helps.

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J.S.

answers from Cincinnati on

Put the airtight container in the fridge...mine is always as soft as the first time I opened it even months later.

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D.H.

answers from Toledo on

put it in the ziplock bag purge the air out, then stick it in the freezer I have been doing this for years and it works well. Also I have seen people put it in the microwave to soften this up.

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J.A.

answers from Cincinnati on

D. - I've heard about the white bread; and I've learned about the terra cotta piece (very interesting!). Also, being an avid watcher of The Food Network; I've seen where they have microwaved the brown sugar for a few seconds to soften it up too. Enjoy!

A.C.

answers from Cincinnati on

I transfer mine to a large ziploc bag & put it in the fridge. Right down to the last crumb it stays soft. :)

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J.R.

answers from Columbus on

Slice up an apple and put it in the bag with the brown sugar. It works great with keeping cookies fresh too!

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E.S.

answers from St. Louis on

I keep mine in a tupperware like container and have never had a problem. You can also buy a little clay disc at kitchen stores (or online) that you put in the container w/the brown sugar and it keeps it soft.

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D.H.

answers from Cincinnati on

You have plenty of good advice here. I've done the bread and I've done an apple in the zip lock ideas. Both work.

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C.B.

answers from Lafayette on

i tie mine with a bread tie & then place it in a brown paper bag and put it in the darkest spot of my cabinet.

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A.H.

answers from Elkhart on

This is actually shockingly easy. Put a piece of stale (or fresh if you don't have any stale), but never moldy, bread of any kind in with your brown sugar. This works to soften hardened sugar as well as keep it from getting hard in the first place. Also the sugar somehow keeps the bread from becoming moldy so you can keep using the same piece indefinitely. I usually replace my bread when I get a new bag of sugar. Have fun!

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A.S.

answers from Kokomo on

There is a little bear that you can buy. It looks like a little ceramic bear and you put it in your canister of brown sugar (or the bag if you keep it in that) and it keeps it soft and fresh. You can google it online or get them at most kitchen stores.

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M.J.

answers from Columbus on

Add a small piece of apple peel.

R.P.

answers from Youngstown on

I keep mine in a tupperware - still keeping it in the bag also... haven't had a problem since I started doing this! I love it!

It is similar to a cereal keeper - it has a lid within a lid - well, I guess any tupperware would do the same thing. ;)

S.E.

answers from Cleveland on

Put a slice of bread in. I put mine in a rubbermaid container and it stays soft. When it gets hard the bread works in a few hours.

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J.M.

answers from Indianapolis on

Several ways: You can actually buy a disk that is intened for keeping the sugar moist at a Bed Bath and Beyond or similar. I put a slice of bread in the open container or if you have a canister and the sugar is in a plastic bag, I put bag and all in the canister. If you buy brown sugar in megabags, take some out and freeze the rest.

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M.W.

answers from Terre Haute on

Add a piece of white bread...this works great with cake too, I heard about it right before I got married and we tried it and the cake was still good on our first anniversary even after having been frozen.

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C.W.

answers from Cincinnati on

We always have put a slice of fresh bread on top of it. It will even take a rock hard chuck and make it useable again.
You change the bread out when it gets hard. It would get moldy if left in long enough but I have never had that happen. Maybe the sugar retards the molding process. I am not a scientist so I really would not know.

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M.F.

answers from Cincinnati on

I keep mine in a Tupperware canister and it stays fresh for months. I also use the canisters for powered sugar, Bisquick, and corn meal also because I don't use these items real often. They all stay fine for a long time. By the way, I do not sell Tupperware!

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A.C.

answers from Cincinnati on

Visit www.sugarbearsinc.com. They sell these little ceramic-like bears that you put in the bag/box/canister that keeps it fresh for a couple of months. Good luck.

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J.S.

answers from Terre Haute on

Tear a piece of bread off and put it in the brown sugar. Change every few days...this keeps the brown sugar from hardening up. Good Luck!

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K.K.

answers from Indianapolis on

Try putting a slice of bread in the bag with it. The bread will absorb the moisture that makes the brown sugar hard.

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S.D.

answers from Cincinnati on

Hi D.! You may get lots of responses on this, but the best way I know to keep brown sugar soft in the package is to put a slice of regular white bread (or even 1/2 a slice)in the bag and close it up. Amazingly, this will soften your hardened brown sugar and keep it soft. Just leave the bread in there until the sugar is gone. I've never had the bread go moldy, either, even after 3 months or more.

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K.O.

answers from Chicago on

Hi D.!!

They also make Sugar keepers. They are terra cotta shapes that you soak in water for 20 minutes and then put in your container of brown sugar. It lasts/helps for about 3 months. Then, all you do is take it out, re-soak, and put it back in. I was able to finally find one at Bed Bath & Beyond on their wall of assorted utensils. I also found it at the kitchen store in Berlin, OH - they had a nice selection.

Good Luck,
K.

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L.G.

answers from Lima on

Just put the brown sugar in a tupperware container, and add a piece of bread.
It will spoon out just fine.

The bread will not spoil.

A.B.

answers from Cleveland on

I keep mine in a lock-and-lock container. They are pretty cheap and can be gotten at walmart. The company brags they are air tight,and odor proof. My brown sugar has been in one since april and is still soft.

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L.N.

answers from Columbus on

Put a piece of white bread in the bag with the sugar. This will help keep it soft. You can even add to sugar that is hard now - it will soften it back up.

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P.H.

answers from Dayton on

Put a piece of bread in the bag and it will soften up in a couple days. You can leave it in there and it will stay soft.

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D.L.

answers from Canton on

this is a simple to solve problem,you'll love how easy it is. place a fresh slice of bread in with the sugar and let sit over night . works great . D.

S.P.

answers from Indianapolis on

I put the bag in a glass jar with a wide mouth and a metal
lid and that works for me.

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A.C.

answers from Columbus on

They sell these ceramic things at the store made specifically for brown sugar. They work wonderfully and are very cheap. You submerge them in hot water and let them soak for a while and put it in the canister w/the sugar. It really works.

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K.H.

answers from Mansfield on

No, the bread does not get moldy, it will eventually go stale.

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D.P.

answers from Cincinnati on

Put a piece of sandwich bread in the container, and change it every so often.

D.

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D.T.

answers from Indianapolis on

I bought lock 'n lock containers a couple years ago and since since then have never had any problems with brown sugar going hard. Before then, I just put in a slice of apple or slice of white bread. Both worked great.

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E.B.

answers from Cincinnati on

The bread doesn't get moldy at all! I always toss the heel of a loaf of bread in with the brown sugar, and that way I don't waste anything.

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M.L.

answers from Columbus on

The brown sugar saver from pampered chef works great. Its about $5.

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G.H.

answers from Columbus on

Keep it in a plastic tupperware type container & stick a piece of white bread in it. Works like a charm.

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K.M.

answers from Toledo on

Mason jar/canning jar works great! No need to worry about replacing a piece of food.

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P.R.

answers from Indianapolis on

I do keep it in the bag. I do keep the bag as tightly sealed as possible. I also keep it in a sealed canister.

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M.S.

answers from Indianapolis on

There are little ceramic disks that you can purchase that will help absorb extra moisture in the sugar. They can be purchased just about anywhere that home goods are sold. Just stick it in the sugar bag, and you should be in good shape!

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J.N.

answers from Cincinnati on

I keep mine in the freezer in a zip lock bag. It only takes a few minutes to defrost to a nice soft texture. I hope that helps!

C.B.

answers from Cleveland on

If you put a slice of bread in with the brown sugar, the brown sugar will stay soft for months (the bread will not mold, either, so don't worry). It's the best trick I know!

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K.H.

answers from Cleveland on

I use bread as well, but I found that keeping it in the sugar bag left crumbs. I now use a ziploc and keep the sugar bag in there, as well as the piece of bread. The sugar still stays soft and all the crumbs end up in the ziploc instead of the sugar.

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R.A.

answers from Columbus on

Put the brown surgar and a cup of water in the microwave for a little while and the surgar will be soft again. It will still be good as well. Got this tip from a mag. Works great!

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K.W.

answers from Cleveland on

Hi D.,
What brand do you buy? I buy Domino Dark Brown Sugar and it seems to stay fresh just with a clothespin. I was buying a Giant Eagle brand and that was getting hard like you said. Good luck.

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S.R.

answers from Cleveland on

Gosh D., I have no problem with keeping brown sugar fresh. I just stick the bag down in a tupperware, sealable canister and get out when needed. Perhaps you just need to seal it in a container like that.

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M.R.

answers from Cincinnati on

Go to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and buy something called a 'Sugar Bear'. It is a little clay-like bear that you soak in warm water for a period of time, then you put the bear in your brown sugar bag or container. Works like a charm and it's under $5.

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C.S.

answers from Cincinnati on

I put mine in a mason jar and haven't had any trouble with it.

C.

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