Holiday baking season is finally here! Woohoo! If you are anything like me, I don’t do a ton of baking during the summer because I hate turning on my oven when it’s sweltering outside. However, if you haven’t baked anything recently, you might go to pull out ingredients for your favorite cookies and find a brick where your brown sugar used to be…
Don’t fret! This is a super quick and easy tip to freshen up brown sugar that has dried up.
Take a piece of bread – any bread will do – and place it in an airtight container with the brown sugar. It will be back to soft and usable in a day or two. The bread won’t get moldy, so you can keep a slice in there all the time.
If you don’t have time to wait, you can microwave the hard sugar with a moist paper towel for 20 seconds.
I’ve also heard that marshmallows or apple slices will achieve the same results to soften dried up brown sugar. Most importantly, make sure to store your brown sugar in an airtight container. My favorite is the OXO Good Grips POP container.
One last bonus tip: After you’ve made all your holiday cookies, throw a slice of bread into the container to keep them soft and chewy.