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Keep Brown Sugar Soft With Another Sweet Ingredient
By Haldan Kirsch
Brown sugar tends to dry out, making it more challenging to work with than its white alternative. However, you can prevent this from happening with a marshmallow.
Brown sugar contains cane molasses, which provides extra moisture. However, it is quick to evaporate, leaving a hardened sugar brick in its place.
Marshmallows contain a lot of moisture, and adding one to an airtight container or sealed bag can help the sugar crystals absorb that moisture.
This trick will help keep your brown sugar from drying out and make it soft and easy to measure for weeks, but the marshmallows will harden over time and need to be replaced.
Marshmallows, as well as sliced apples, can also help soften already-dried brown sugar, though the process will take some time.
To soften the brown sugar quickly, break off a few pieces, place them in a bowl, cover it with a damp paper towel, and microwave it in 30-second intervals until it becomes soft.