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Ridiculously Simple Tip: Soft Brown Sugar - Always

Ever go to make cookies only to find that your brown sugar is as hard as a rock? It's happened to everyone and it can easily be avoided. Soak a small clay disk in water for a half an hour before placing inside the box of brown sugar. Nested into the sugar, the disk keeps the sugar from hardening. I was skeptical at first, but then I witnessed the magic of the clay disk in person. I was baking at the vacation house and had to borrow sugar from my mom's friend. She brought it over and I asked if she had just purchased the sugar because it was so soft (and I knew it couldn't have been that soft sitting in her cabin). That's when she pulled the little clay disk out and held up an amazing little known kitchen gadget. Try it and let me know if it works!

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SU3 SU3 10 years
Awesome tip! I've never heard of it... thanks for posting!
Nicolesid1 Nicolesid1 10 years
I use bread... or an air tight container... I got 4 at wally world for 12 or so...
chatoyante chatoyante 10 years
wow! cool tip. I suppose the downside to using the bread is that you have to remember to take it out before it molds.
lilren lilren 10 years
Interesting.
shaygo shaygo 10 years
i find that a piece of bread accomplishes the same task for a penny as opposed to the cost of the disk. . .just rip off a corner of a slice of bread and throw it in with the brown sugar and you're done. . .
Food Food 10 years
great tip sillygirl, I do that with the vanilla bean pod too!
partysugar partysugar 10 years
Just drop it in the box with the sugar. No need to rewet.
Beauty Beauty 10 years
great tip. so you just keep the clay disk in the box at all times? do you have to keep rewetting it?
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 10 years
I make vanilla sugar that way too. It's so good on desserts. Yummy.
SillyGirl SillyGirl 10 years
I have been using one of these things for years!! It is amazing. No need to put it in a plastic bag, just put it straight into the brown sugar. Also, it will loosen up already hardened brown sugar, but never make it really soft like when you buy it. Another sugar tip - after I use a vanilla bean (aka scrape the seeds out) I stick the pod into my regular white sugar for a couple days which enhances the flavor.
jendudley jendudley 10 years
Does it work if the sugar is already hard? I have a pound bag that is rock solid.
llendril llendril 10 years
giada is always telling people to use this for brown sugar. glad to know it worked for your friend =)
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
I know people who do this and it works very well.
Linda513 Linda513 10 years
Do you put it into the plastic bag, or between the plastic and the box?
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
I've always heard the bread thing, too. This is cute, though!
LaurenSugar LaurenSugar 10 years
use an apple*
LaurenSugar LaurenSugar 10 years
I also use the fresh bread trick, or I think you can use an if you need a quick fix!
chancleta chancleta 10 years
Brillant. Thanks for the tip!
Cortney Cortney 10 years
Great tip. I have that problem when I'm baking. I found one of these clay disks at Bed, Bath and Beyond: Brown Sugar Bear http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=11452698
esk4 esk4 10 years
in home ec we were told to put a piece of fresh bread into the bag or container of sugar... this method works but you have to change the slice every couple of days
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 10 years
Good tip! My brown sugar is always rock hard when I need it.
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