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Old 01-08-2013, 06:46 AM
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I have powdered sugar, brown sugar and white sugar in my stockpile. Sunday I noticed some had gotten hard. I have kept them in their original container and wrapped tight in a plastic grocery bag. That didnt work too good How do you store sugars?

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Old 01-08-2013, 07:24 AM
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I freeze my brown sugar and it is soft as can be. The good thing about hard sugar just put it in blender or processor and its powder again.

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I don't have a big stockpile of brown sugar (we bake alot!) but my white cane sugar I have in 3 containers. One is a big container for everyday use and the 2 others are sterlite containers where its in the original paper packaging and sealed up.

I have heard of using small terra cotta brown sugar keepers - where the terra cotta is moistened and then put in the middle of the brown sugar to keep it soft.

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I don't have a big stockpile of brown sugar (we bake alot!) but my white cane sugar I have in 3 containers. One is a big container for everyday use and the 2 others are sterlite containers where its in the original paper packaging and sealed up.

I have heard of using small terra cotta brown sugar keepers - where the terra cotta is moistened and then put in the middle of the brown sugar to keep it soft.
You can also but a slice of bread in the container.
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When I was a kid I remember my grandmother would keep a piece of white bread in get brown sugar canister. I don't remember if it worked tho.

I put mine in the freezer til needed.
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When I was a kid I remember my grandmother would keep a piece of white bread in get brown sugar canister. I don't remember if it worked tho.

I put mine in the freezer til needed.
It works. If my brown sugar gets hard I put a slice of moist bread in the bag or canister. The dry sugar draws the moisture out of the bread and goes back to being crumbly and packable. It's something my grandma and my mom did/does all the time when needed.

If your salt ever gets wet and starts clumping, put some rice in the shaker. The dry rice will draw out the moisture from the wet salt and it will go back to being able to shake and pour again.

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I use my food saver to sealpack them each individualy. White sugar is prone to get hard from humid air in the summer. With all the air removed in the foodsaver bags brown/white/powdered will keep for a very long time.

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So many great tips on here. I opened a bag of brown sugar that "seemed" hard, but once I opened it, I was able to break it up pretty easily.

I'm going to remember that tip about the bread though. I got this brown sugar on clearance and some of it might get very hard before I get around to using it.
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If your salt ever gets wet and starts clumping, put some rice in the shaker. The dry rice will draw out the moisture from the wet salt and it will go back to being able to shake and pour again.
I remember that too, there was always rice in the salt shaker. Too funny!

And did your mother/grandmother put flour in the freezer for a couple of days after purchase? My mom always said if a bug hitched a ride in the flour the freezer would kill it.

Now that I think about it, how gross I could have been eating dead bugs ... Oh we'll I guess I've had worse. LOL
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That is where sifting flour came from many, many years ago.....to make sure the bugs were sifted out...

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I remember that too, there was always rice in the salt shaker. Too funny!

And did your mother/grandmother put flour in the freezer for a couple of days after purchase? My mom always said if a bug hitched a ride in the flour the freezer would kill it.

Now that I think about it, how gross I could have been eating dead bugs ... Oh we'll I guess I've had worse. LOL

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