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How Do You Store Your Brown Sugar?

Started 1359317422.57 in Kitchen & Food Talk | Last reply 1359473768.547 by Eileen in VA

I just purchased a new pound of brown sugar. Any tips for storing it would be appreciated so that I don't have to throw out a petrified block of brown sugar again next time I go to use it.

Thanks, ladies!

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nantucket ­shore1359317542.0775642 PostsRegistered 10/14/2007

1# box or a 2# plastic bag?

Either way, I keep mine in a closed plastic container and it doesn't get hard in there.

chickenbutt1359317553.7524176 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown

I store mine in Lock & Lock WITH a 'Brown Sugar Bear'.

The reason I need the bear in mine is that a box of brown sugar will last me years. So, the bear gives me additional freshness from it hardening up.

I think what I have currently is somewhere btwn a year and two old (prob closer to two years). It's still fluffy. Every few months I will take the bear out, wash him and soak him for a few minutes, dry him out, and put him back in there. Works great. :)

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Nightowlz1359317654.759684 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I store it in the bag it comes in with one of those brown sugar discs to keep it from getting hard.

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autumnfaire1359317960.1274952 PostsRegistered 8/1/2005

I keep mine in a baggie with a press and seal top (not zip lock) and it stays soft.

luvmyteddy1359318148.78556 PostsRegistered 9/4/2010Land of Oz

You can also warm it up in the microwave under a minute. It's works, mine never seems to stay soft no matter what I do but I don't use it often except in bread pudding.

BonnieBelle1359318226.0219386 PostsRegistered 4/13/2007

I used to put the box in a plastic bag, but I haven't bought it in years, don't use it anymore.

Brinklii1359318459.14710278 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Northern WI

Those brown sugar bear-type items look interesting. It is so frustrating having to saw a piece of brown sugar off when you want to use it.

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deeva1359318494.2732093 PostsRegistered 1/8/2005stuck in the middle

I either store it in L&L or seal it with my Foodsaver.

Retired081359318761.2275322 PostsRegistered 2/2/2008 Beautiful Coastal Georgia

Lock and Lock works great. I have brown sugar now that's a year old. No problems with it at all.

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Baxjaxmom1359319164.562508 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 1/27/2013 deeva said:

I either store it in L&L or seal it with my Foodsaver.


I've always figured I'm a "brown sugar jinx" because I have searched for tips my entire adult life on how to keep brown sugar from turn into a brick and have had equally as many years being unsuccessful in finding an answer! I've used Lock 'n Lock - worthless; numerous types of "air-tight" containers; tried the "clay bear / dish" - again - didn't work and on and on. In my experience, I just stopped buying it until I specifically need it for a recipe, then I buy the smallest box or bag to have as close to the exact amount needed. Otherwise, it's the same old tale of figuring out how to soften it the next time I reach for any that has been stored. On the upside, I had not thought about trying the Food Saver!! I'm going to try that the next time I purchase some and see what happens! Thanks for that suggestion.

chickenbutt1359319180.38724176 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown
On 1/27/2013 Tabbychic said:

Those brown sugar bear-type items look interesting. It is so frustrating having to saw a piece of brown sugar off when you want to use it.


They really do make a difference. If it takes you anywhere near as long as it takes me to get through a whole 1lb box of brown sugar, even just an airtight container isn't quite enough.

The bears, or the other disks you can get like Nightowlz has, are very inexpensive and very effective. They are made of clay of some sort and you just soak them, dry them off, and put them in with the brown sugar. Like I mentioned, every few months or so I will re-soak mine. But it's not necessary very often. They really retain the moisture.

Bippity boppity BOOYAH!

chickenbutt1359319326.56724176 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown
On 1/27/2013 Baxjaxmom said:
On 1/27/2013 deeva said:

I either store it in L&L or seal it with my Foodsaver.


I've always figured I'm a "brown sugar jinx" because I have searched for tips my entire adult life on how to keep brown sugar from turn into a brick and have had equally as many years being unsuccessful in finding an answer! I've used Lock 'n Lock - worthless; numerous types of "air-tight" containers; tried the "clay bear / dish" - again - didn't work and on and on. In my experience, I just stopped buying it until I specifically need it for a recipe, then I buy the smallest box or bag to have as close to the exact amount needed. Otherwise, it's the same old tale of figuring out how to soften it the next time I reach for any that has been stored. On the upside, I had not thought about trying the Food Saver!! I'm going to try that the next time I purchase some and see what happens! Thanks for that suggestion.

The vacuum sealing will be the ultimate way to have it last. When you vacuum seal, you remove ALL the air so it will stay pristine probably practically forever. When you do it, it will feel like a very hard brick, but don't worry as it will be silky soft as soon as you cut it open.

Bippity boppity BOOYAH!

Brinklii1359320115.1410278 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Northern WI

Wow...some great ideas. Thank you, everyone! I have to get one of those brown sugar bears. Right now, I took the brown sugar out of the box and stored it in some l & l with some marshmallows on top.

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Brown Sugar1359320424.2575991 PostsRegistered 4/12/2007Near Lake Erie in OH.

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I'm not to be stored! Sorry couldn't resist Tabby.{#emotions_dlg.devil2}

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Marell91359320555.423579 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I leave the unused sugar in its original bag, put it into a zip-lock bag, and store in freezer. It remains soft and I've never ended up with a brick.

kamper1359320676.37718 PostsRegistered 9/3/2010

In a ziplock bag with slice of bread will soften it up.

Tuskney1359320992.32848 PostsRegistered 3/1/2011

I pour mine from the original bag into a zip top storage bag and keep it in the refrigerator. Nothing else in it. The sugar stays fresh and this is the first time I have not had a brick.

Brinklii1359321086.44310278 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Northern WI
On 1/27/2013 Brown Sugar said:

Whatcha Talkin Bout Willis?

I'm not to be stored! Sorry couldn't resist Tabby.{#emotions_dlg.devil2}

{#emotions_dlg.laugh} I'll poke airholes in the bag for you, Brown Sugar!!

A tongue has no bones, yet it is strong enough to break a heart. Be careful with your words.

Nightowlz1359321131.9479684 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 1/27/2013 chickenbutt said:
On 1/27/2013 Tabbychic said:

Those brown sugar bear-type items look interesting. It is so frustrating having to saw a piece of brown sugar off when you want to use it.


They really do make a difference. If it takes you anywhere near as long as it takes me to get through a whole 1lb box of brown sugar, even just an airtight container isn't quite enough.

The bears, or the other disks you can get like Nightowlz has, are very inexpensive and very effective. They are made of clay of some sort and you just soak them, dry them off, and put them in with the brown sugar. Like I mentioned, every few months or so I will re-soak mine. But it's not necessary very often. They really retain the moisture.

That's what I do with mine. Last bag of brown sugar I had never got hard. By the time I finished using it there were only 2-3 little hard lumps of brown sugar. I heard a slice of bread will work too but you would have to put in another slice after the 1st one absorbed the moisture & got hard. I got a set of 2 of the discs on ebay for $5.95 free shipping. I guess I could put it in a bag & use my vacuum sealer. I will do that when I open the bag I just bought.

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Moonlady1359321175.43314518 PostsRegistered 8/2/2007Upstate NY

I keep it in a large glass container.

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Brown Sugar1359321283.1035991 PostsRegistered 4/12/2007Near Lake Erie in OH.
On 1/27/2013 Tabbychic said:
On 1/27/2013 Brown Sugar said:

Whatcha Talkin Bout Willis?

I'm not to be stored! Sorry couldn't resist Tabby.{#emotions_dlg.devil2}

{#emotions_dlg.laugh} I'll poke airholes in the bag for you, Brown Sugar!!

Ahahahahahaha.....Thank You.Kiss

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10grands1359321286.6672113 PostsRegistered 12/3/2005

I also keep mine in refrigerator in bag it comes in - have never had a problem.

Tootie151359321398.1472537 PostsRegistered 12/17/2012

I store mine in a lock and lock container with a "brown bear" disc. I have never had any problems with the sugar becoming hard.

JannyRee1359321556.087343 PostsRegistered 5/21/2006Pacific Northwest

I store mine in a tall Tupperware storage container and it keeps perfectly.

Jan

waterdragon1359321755.8932653 PostsRegistered 9/23/2006Sandy Eggo

I stopped buying it, because I use it so infrequently. I make it instead as needed.

  1. Measure one cup of granulated sugar and one tablespoon of molasses into a mixing bowl.
  2. Stir with a fork until completely mixed. Your brown sugar is now ready for use!

    To make dark brown sugar, increase the molasses to two tablespoons.

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