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 zip top baggie and place it in the refrigerator, in the crisper drawer. It will keep for months. It’s simple and works so well that I just wish someone had told me about it years ago!

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Hi, I'm Lee.

I am inspired by my mother, Sally’s, love of cooking and entertaining to gather friends and family together over great meals and conversation. In fact, I held my first dinner party at the age of 16. Throughout the years, I’ve provided recipes, menu advice and cooking tips to friends seeking uncomplicated and delicious ideas for home entertaining.

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