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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

SUGAR, BROWN — UNOPENED OR OPENED PACKAGE

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Tips
  • The precise answer to the question “How long does brown sugar last?” depends to a large extent on storage conditions — when properly stored and kept free from contaminants, brown sugar has an indefinite shelf life.
  • To maximize the shelf life of brown sugar, store in a cool dry area and keep tightly sealed after opening.
  • To prevent brown sugar from hardening once opened, place sugar in a covered airtight container or cover original package with a heavy-duty plastic bag and seal.
  • To moisten brown sugar that has hardened, place a cut piece of apple in the package with the sugar, reseal and leave overnight.
  • If hardened brown sugar is needed immediately, wrap the sugar with foil or plastic wrap and pound with a hammer.

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