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Place a couple of slices of fresh bread into the container or bag with the hardened brown sugar. Seal the container and leave it for a day or overnight. The moisture from the bread will transfer to the sugar, softening it.
Place a fresh, clean apple slice (or a piece of apple) in the same container as the hardened brown sugar. Seal the container and let it sit for several hours or overnight. The moisture from the apple will soften the sugar. Remove the apple slice once the sugar has softened.
Put the hardened brown sugar in a microwave-safe container. Place a damp paper towel or a damp cloth on top of the sugar. Microwave in short 20-30 second bursts, checking and stirring in between, until the sugar softens.
Preheat your oven to around 250°F (120°C). Place the hardened brown sugar in an oven-safe container and cover it with aluminum foil. Heat it in the oven for 5-10 minutes. Check the sugar periodically to ensure it doesn’t melt.
If you regularly face issues with brown sugar hardening, consider investing in a terra cotta brown sugar saver. Soak it in water, pat it dry, and then place it in the brown sugar container. The terra cotta disc helps regulate moisture and prevents the sugar from hardening.