February 21, 2011

Tip of the day—Brown Sugar

If your brown sugar gets hard, you have a few options to soften it.  If you’ll be using it right away, you can microwave it in 5 second increments until the sugar softens enough to measure and use.  If you will be storing it for longer, you can wet a clean piece of terra cotta (one never used in the garden) and put it in the container.  You can do the same thing with a half of an apple or a piece of bread.  Check it after a day to see if it has softened.  If it hasn’t  yet, check it daily until it does.  You’ll want to make sure that the bread doesn’t mold and the apple doesn’t become mushy.

To make your own brown sugar, all you need is molasses and white sugar.  Mix 1 cup granulated sugar with 1 T. unsulfured molasses with a fork or spoon until the molasses is fully incorporated into the sugar.

1 comment:

  1. Great tip! We actually had to soften brown sugar a couple of weeks ago. The way we did it was to put the brown sugar in one container and a cup of water in the other. Microwave for a few seconds until soft. We were softening a large amount so it took about 25 seconds. Obviously, if it is a smaller amount, it will not take as long which is why I love your tip of 5 second increments.