So I always put bread in my brown sugar just because that what my mom always did, but I never understood why? I think it's supposed to make the brown sugar not clump. How does it work?

  • We'd use half an apple, but only after the brown sugar had hardened. (not all the time) Same idea. With a tightly sealed container, not often needed.
    – Ecnerwal
    Feb 20, 2017 at 3:23

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The moisture from the bread is absorbed by the brown sugar. After a while, the bread will be like a withered old mummified piece of white toast. Get rid of it, and put a new piece of bread in there.

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    ... which keeps the brown sugar from turning into a bunch of rocks that you have to crush up, but has no moisture, so behaves more like granulated sugar when you try to use it.
    – Joe
    Feb 19, 2017 at 2:32

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