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In case you’re doing a big cupboard clearout in lockdown, a warning: don’t chuck away that big bag of brown sugar just because it’s all dried out and clumpy.
There’s an easy trick that will revive your sugar back to a usable state.
Expert organiser Ryann, who goes by @neatchic on TikTok, shared a video of a tip they learned from their mother.
In the clip they reveal that all you have to do to bring sugar back from the brink is add a piece of bread to the container.
We know, it sounds weird, but this really does work – and it’s a trick that’s been used for years and years.
The reason bread softens sugar back up is because it draws out moisture.
Leave your bread in the sugar for a few days and you’ll find the slice has gone hard while your sugar is once again soft and scoopable.
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While most people have praised @neatchic in the comments section, some have shared their own brown sugar maintenance tips.
Apparently a slice of apple, some marshmallows, and a piece of damp kitchen roll all soften sugar in the same way – so if you don’t have any bread, you’ve got options.
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Others noted that you can buy dedicated brown sugar softeners, such as the Brown Sugar Bear.
And one wise person suggested just popping a piece of terracotta (perhaps you accidentally smashed a plant pot?) in your sugar container to keep your sweet stuff forever soft.
Oh, and all these tricks also work to revive slightly stale, hardened cookies. Just an FYI.
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