I just saw the question about storing flour, and it made me think my brown sugar always gets hard before I can use it all. How do you store brown sugar?
Chelsea, brown sugar gets hard because it has a lot of moisture in it, and then when that moisture evaporates, the sugar clumps together and becomes rock-hard. The easiest way to keep your sugar soft is simply to store it in a container that is airtight, to minimize evaporation. I use one of these Click-Clack containers and it does a great job. I really pack the sugar into a small container to help keep the ration of air to sugar low, too.
Also, if you have a container that isn't as airtight, try including one of these terra cotta brown sugar savers; they are great at keeping the sugar softer. And if all else fails, just re-soften your brown sugar with one of these methods.
Readers — any other suggestions?
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