How to Make and Store Brown Sugar

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Learning how to make brown sugar means that you can always keep a bit of this sweet ingredient around the house!

Brown Sugar

Brown sugar is a form of sugar primarily composed of sucrose, along with a certain volume of molasses, which adds the brown color. Brown sugar can either be commercially or naturally produced, with the former made by molasses being added to traditional white sugar, composing between 4% and 7% of the final product.

Natural brown sugar is made when there are some residual molasses left in the mixture when sugar is crystallized. This type of sugar has a sweet, slightly caramelized flavor, and is a more potent ingredient than traditional white sugar.

How to Make Brown Sugar at Home?

If you want to make brown sugar at home, it is easier than you might expect.

  • Step 1: Collect 1 cup of white sugar and 1 tablespoon of molasses.
  • Step 2: Mix the two in a blender or food processor of some kind.
  • Step 3: Blend the two thoroughly until the color is consistent throughout.

Note: If you don’t have molasses on hand, you can make brown sugar variations with honey or maple syrup in the same concentrations.

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How to Store Brown Sugar?

After learning how to make your brown sugar, it is important to store it somewhere so that it lasts! There are a number of ways to store brown sugar, and ways to ensure that it doesn’t completely dry out and harden.

  • Airtight container: First of all, you want to store your brown sugar in an airtight sealable plastic container or a glass jar of some kind. You can store brown sugar in the pantry, where it should stay good for years.
  • Terracotta brown sugar savers: If you are worried about your brown sugar drying out, you can buy terracotta brown sugar disks, which can be soaked in water, dried, and then placed in the brown sugar container.
  • Sugar savers from your pantry: Some other options include adding a slice of bread, marshmallows, slices of apple, or even a wet paper towel to the brown sugar.

You should not refrigerate the brown sugar. All of these options will help to keep the brown sugar moist and usable.

Making Brown Sugar Soft

A quick remedy to soften brown sugar, which has become hard, is to microwave it.

  • Step 1: Put the hardened sugar block in a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Step 2: Cover it with a damp paper towel
  • Step 3: Warm it in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute, and keep checking to make sure it does not melt.
  • Step 4: You will have to use this softened brown sugar immediately since it will tend to harden again.
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