Monday, February 7, 2011

Monday’s Tips and Tricks Party

{Today is the last day to enter my chocolate giveaway, plus anyone who participates in today’s party will get an additional entry!}
 

Do you ever have issues with your brown sugar petrifying?  I keep mine in plastic Rubbermaid canister, and use it fairly frequently, but still sometimes ended up with a hard brick of sugar.

This summer when my sisters were here, one of them stuck a slice of bread into the canister, and it revived the hardened mess.  Now I keep a slice of bread in the canister from the get-go, and it stays nice a soft and doesn’t ever get to the point of fossilization.

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I had heard of this trick before, but had never tried it out.  So I figure that there may be some of you who either hadn’t heard of it, or had never bothered to try it, like me.  I’m here to tell you that it works!

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8 comments:

FrouFrouBritches said...

Really? I had no idea. I've heard of putting an apple in, but never bread. Thanks for the tip.

April Westerhold said...

You can also put a saltine in sugar. We used to do it when my mom and dad owned a little cafe.

Molly said...

I put a marshmallow in mine. it works great

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I've heard the bread trick before, but didn't know if it actually worked! Glad to hear it wasn't an urban legend. ;) How long can you leave the bread in there before switching it out for a new piece?

Susan Evans said...

I wonder if the bread would get moldy. I suppose you would change it every few days.

Melissa said...

I've heard of adding a slice of bread to the cookie jar to keep cookies soft, but I'd never heard that about brown sugar.

On the other hand, I've heard many times that it's possible to soften brown sugar in the microwave ... but this weekend was the first time I've tried it. It worked!

Holly said...

Susan and Amanda, I've only changed the bread when I get a new bag of sugar. I've never had any mold issues. Although you might think the bread gets soggy from absorbing the moisture, it's actually hard and dry.

sondic said...

You can also buy these little pieces of clay (I suppose a piece of a broken clay pot would work just as well) that you soak in water and then place in the container with your brown sugar. I've used one for years and years and my brown sugar stays perfect!