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Brown sugar isn't something you use all the time, so it's important that what you buy lasts. And it's usually an ingredient that you don't think to buy for a specific recipe, so you want what you have at home to be usable.

But brown sugar has a tendency to get rock-like, so here are some tips on how to store it and how to rescue it when it becomes obstinate.

1. Store brown sugar in an airtight container or ziplock bag.  This will help, but it doesn't always ensure that the sugar will be pliable.

2. If you forgot to store your sugar in an airtight container, or if your airtight container wasn't quite as airtight as you thought, here's what you can do: 
  • If you don’t need your sugar right away, put it in an airtight container with a piece of bread; the moisture from the bread will soften it in a day.  
  • If you need your sugar right away, put it in a shallow pan in a 250°F oven for 3 minutes. Then test it to see if it crumbles. If not, then leave it for a few more minutes. Let it cool and then store it in an airtight container.
Have a sweet day!