Hi Donna! My mom had the same question! Here's a link with a few tips! http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/tools-and-techniques/food-storage-tips2.htm
I have found a secret for that. You'll have to find the old Blue Ball Jars w/ the porcelain/zinc lids or glass lids w/ rubber rings. I've had brown sugar in jars like this for a LONG time and it doesn't get hard at all. Soft and fresh as the day I put it in there.
toss a few marshmallows in your container. they absorb excess moisture!
I simply put my brown sugar in a zip top bag. Never had it go hard on me !
Thank you Shirley.
I will give that a try - Thank you Audra
Thank you Karen - I have mine in a jar with the similar rubber rings, maybe they need replaced. Thank you!
Put a piece of bread in it. Softens it right up.
I PUT A MARSH MELLOW IN THE AIR TIGHT CONTAINER WITH THE SUGAR
You can put a slice of bread in with brown sugar. It works the same as the marshmallows and you always have bread on hand.
put some orange rind in the bag - it absolutely works...
I keep in freezer for freshness and bug free. When needed, cut or smash off a chunk to microwave till soft and ready to use
i keep it in the bag. rolled down wqith a thick elastic band around it, inside a tupperware container in my refrigerator. Stays sodt ;)
put either a piece of bread or a whole apple in the container, sugar will stay soft for months. the bread or apple will not mold.
The bread may need to be changed now and then, but it works great.
Use a sealable plastic bag. Remove any air using a straw to create a vacuum. Works for me. :)
Store in Tupperware. I have done this for years and never have a problem.
Lay a piece of bread on top of the hardened brown sugar and put it a sealed container. The next day, it should be fresh again... 😉
Got any clean terra cotta around? You only need a small (about 1" round) piece to keep the sugar from getting hard. Just slip it down through to the middle of the sugar and leave it there.The sugar will stay soft. If your sugar is too hard right now, a few seconds in the microwave will take care of that and not hurt the sugar. Happy baking!
Bread in sealed container.
cut a piece of apple and place inside the container
I found putting marshmallows on top of the sugar in a air tight container will work great! Just 2 or 3 will work
I found like some of the others, putting 2 regular size marshmellows inside a plastic bag with sugar works great. I hardly ever use it , but when I checked last, sugar was as fresh as ever. Wish I had known this a few yrs. back when every now and then I would need brown sugar only to find a rock, which I would throw away, and have to buy more!
A piece of white bread. The bread goes stale but the sugar stays soft
If brown sugar gets too hard to use: wring out a wet paper towel and seal in a plastic bag. Set on top of the brown sugar (either directly or in its plastic bag) inside of an airtight container. A couple days later, the brown sugar will be soft again.
Throw a piece of bread or a hot dog/hamburger bun into you container of brown sugar and it will keep it soft. If it is already hard it should soften it back up. I learned this years ago while working in a restaurant.
I keep mine in the freezer and take it out a little before use. Mine softens up quickly. If It is already hard then pop in microwave for a short time and it is soft and ready to use.
a slice of apple will work for your brown sugar it also, will help keep your husbands pipe tobacco moist incase you have a husband that smokes a pipe. lol
Real Simple suggests tossing a couple of marshmallows in the bag to keep it soft