Brown sugar, honey, syrup and even cookies have a habit of hardening despite storage in airtight containers. Here are some tricks to soften them up.

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Place brown sugar in an airtight container with one or two slices of bread. Leave overnight.

Microwave brown sugar or honey in an open container. Cover with a damp paper towel and turn on high. Turn or stir well every 30 seconds until the sugar or honey has softened.

Place the container of crystallized honey or syrup in a small pan of simmering water. Heat until smooth.

Seal hard cookies in an airtight container with apple wedges or bread slices. Set aside for one or two days.


  • Sugars may harden again, but the softening process can be repeated as many times as needed.