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I don't know if this is the right place for my question, but here goes. My brown sugar is kept in a glass jar. The top edges are turning white. Does any one know why? Is it still good?
I did a search on yahoo and found this...
If the surrounding air is humid enough, some sugar will dissolve, leaving the dark molasses residue beneath. Drying out later will cause the dissolved purer sugar to crystallize in whiter crystals.
Thanks for the info. Guess it won't hurt us.
There's no harm having crystals on your brown sugar but you could prevent that from happpening by keeping the surface of the brown sugar covered. I keep mine in the bag it came in and remove as much air as possible when resealing it. I keep that bag in Tupperware. I have never had a problem with drying out or crystalization.
Just one more note on this subject - a few years ago, I had to rearrange the contents of my kitchen cabinets because I had small lamps under two of the cabinets and the contents that sat on the first shelf of the cabinet, just 3 inches above the lamp, were being heated, which adversely affected some of the spices in those cupboards. So, we sometimes create our own environment, unwittingly, and not just brown sugar can be affected by the humidity and temperatures in our kitchens.
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Get a Terra cotta brown sugar disc to keep in your sugar container. It will help. If you cannot find one at the store, toss in a few marshmallows. Don't forget to check the marshmallows and replace them as necessary. The disc just needs to be re-soaked in water for a minute after the initial introduction to water. Lasts for quite awhile between soakings. I love mine.
I keep my brown sugar soft by placing 1/2 slice of bread (white or wheat) in the container. Keeps nice and soft. I keep brown sugar in an old plastic sherbet container. good recycling use!!!
I keep my brown sugar in a glass jar with a slice of bread in it. Thanks for all the tips. A person can always learn something new.
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