Brown sugar is so rich and delicious, and it adds a delicious molasses note to dishes. When you buy brown sugar, it is soft and fluffy. Store it too long or improperly, it turns into a rock-hard, solid brick. Here I offer tips for storing brown sugar for a longer shelf life.

First, you should know that the bags in which brown sugar is sold don’t do a very good job at keeping sugar soft. It’s wise to transfer sugar to an air-tight container. You may also have seen at some grocery stores and kitchen shops small terracotta clay disks that are designed to keep brown sugar from drying out. Certainly, they work well when you follow the instructions, but a slice of bread or a slice of apple added to a bag of brown sugar will keep it just as moist.

My favorite way to keep brown sugar is the simplest of all. Transfer the sugar to a Ziploc bag and place it in the refrigerator. It will keep for months. It’s simple and works so well that I just wish someone had told me about it years ago!

Lee Clayton Roper


I’m Lee Clayton Roper, and I’m passionate about making cooking and entertaining easy, elegant and fun. Here you’ll find scrumptious recipes, helpful tips and seasonal menus that will spark inspiration in your kitchen!
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