How To Soften Brown Sugar

Questions and Answers – How To Soften Brown Sugar




I have a question that I can not remember the answer to.  How do you soften up hardened brown sugar? – Sally (11/20/00)



Tips for softening brown sugar:

Brown sugar becomes hard when moisture in the sugar evaporates.  Therefore, the various methods used for softening brown sugar are intended to return moisture to the sugar.

Place a piece of foil or plastic wrap directly on the sugar.  Set a piece of crumpled, dampened paper towel on the foil.  Cover container tightly.  The sugar will absorb the moisture from the paper towel and become soft.  Remove the paper towel when it has dried out.

Place about 1/2 pound of hardened brown sugar in a bowl.  Cover sugar with two pieces of wet paper towels.  Cover bowl tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap.  Let stand overnight at room temperature.  Divide sugar with fork; stir and use immediately.



Comments and Reviews

3 Responses to “How To Soften Brown Sugar”

  1. Michelle

    Another trick for brown sugar: I allow my brown sugar to completely dry out and become hardened. Then I take a cheese grater to it and powder it. It never needs to be softened again!

  2. Deb

    I use a piece of bread to soften hard brown sugar… Just place it in the container and close the lid.
    I didn’t have bread one day, so I used 1/4 of an apple…. works like a charm

  3. Mimi

    Thank so much for this practical tip of grating hard-brown sugar. Best tip I’ve ever read.


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