While cleaning out my father's kitchen I came across a box of brown sugar. This box of brown sugar had been in Dad's kitchen for, well, a very long time. I looked at it with skepticism. My sister looked at it with more skepticism.
"Can it be used?" I asked.
"You'd know better than I would," she said.
This stuff was hard. Rock hard. I couldn't budge it at all. I brought it home thinking, well maybe I can get it to break apart with my kitchen mallet, or maybe hubbie can work on it. If not, oh well, it's no great loss. It's not like I spent money on it.
Then just a few days later I came across this great tip in a magazine. It was a in a list of 25 great kitchen tips. I wish I could remember the magazine to give them credit. But, alas, my brain leaks information like that. And my unfinished organization means that I can't find the blasted thing, even though I'm writing this just 2 days after I read the article!
Anyway, on to the tip. How to soften brown sugar --
Put a slice of bread in the bag/container with the brown sugar. In a day or two it will be soft and usable again.
No kidding. I tried it with that rock hard brown sugar and it worked like a dream. Within 48 hours that brown sugar was soft enough to use and I just added it right into my brown sugar container.
No more throwing out hard brown sugar for me!
This tip is being linked to Frugal Friday at LifeAsMom.