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How can I soften hardened white sugar?

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White sugar or powdered sugar hardens when it absorbs moisture and then dries out. Keeping the sugar in an airtight container should prevent it from hardening. Once it has hardened into a brick it is difficult to return it to the granular state. Dissolve it in water and use as syrup for freezing fruit, sweetening beverages, etc. One pound of sugar is equal to about 2-1/4 cups of sugar. Slightly lumpy sugar can be restored to its granular state by whirling in the food processor with the metal blade.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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