How do you soften brown sugar that has become hard?

For the quickest results, place a lump of hardened sugar in a small microwave-safe bowl and cover it with a moist paper towel. Zap the sugar in the microwave on high in 20-second increments, breaking up any large clumps with a fork as you go.

Can I still use brown sugar that has hardened?

If you are going to use brown sugar in a recipe and your brown sugar in the pantry is already open, it’s a good idea to check its condition a few days before you plan to use it. If it’s hard, place a few apple slices (or a slice of bread) in an air-tight container with the brown sugar.

How do you soften hard brown sugar without a microwave?

Why is my brown sugar hard?

The brown sugar gets hard when it isn’t stored properly and gets too much air to it. The molasses sucks the moisture out and when it dries out it turns into a solid rock of sugar. This causes the sugar crystals to then stick together like glue and become hard as a rock.

Does bread soften brown sugar?

Place the hard brown sugar in a bowl or resealable plastic bag and place a slice of bread (plain sandwich bread is fine) on top of the sugar. Tightly cover with plastic wrap or seal the bag and set aside for at least 8 hours and up to 24 hours. As the bread dries, the moisture released will soften the sugar.

Does brown sugar expire?

Granulated sugar will keep indefinitely, confectioners’ sugar about 2 years, and brown sugar about 18 months. Brown sugar turns hard when its moisture evaporates.