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An Aluminum Foil Hack Can Help Revive Stale Brown Sugar
By Chandler Phillips
Brown sugar is defined by its amount of refinement or added molasses, which contributes moisture and flavor but also causes old brown sugar to clump up and dry out. One kitchen hack with aluminum foil can help save your stale brown sugar.
Domino Sugar recommends encasing a pebble of brown sugar in aluminum foil and baking it in an oven at 250 F for five minutes. This trick allows the molasses in the brown sugar to release the last bit of moisture, temporarily loosening the clumps, while the tin foil helps retain any moisture that may try to escape.
When brown sugar isn't properly stored, moisture escapes, the molasses hardens, and the brown sugar forms dense rocks. The aluminum foil trick may help revive stale brown sugar, but to keep it fresh, Domino Sugar recommends storing it in a moist area in a "rust-proof container with a tight-fitting lid" or a "resealable, moisture-proof plastic bag."