Here’s a little gadget I’ve had in my kitchen for quite a few years. It’s a disc made of terra cotta clay, that you soak in water for 15 minutes, pat dry and then place it in a container with food items you want to soften (or keep soft).
Here you see my “Teddy” Disc keeping my brown sugar nice and soft. They can also be used with coconut, raisins, licorice, marshmallows, cakes, cookies, muffins etc.
It’s supposed to last about 3 months, but I have had mine in the brown sugar for probably over a year (even replaced the sugar), without having to re-soak the disc. If you start noticing that your food is no longer staying soft, just re-soak the disc again.
You should be able to find them in kitchen stores (or online) for around $3 or $4. If you can’t find a “Brown Sugar” disc there is also one called the “Simply Soft” disc. If you don’t like the (cute) bear, when I searched online, I found a bunch of other styles; rooster, maple leaf, moose, muffin (maybe a cupcake). You get the idea….
I only have one for my brown sugar, but they are inexpensive enough that you could get separate ones for different food items you need to store and keep soft. They’d even make a nice little gift for a stocking stuffer, secret santa (oops! kind of early for Christmas) or in a gift basket with other kitchen/cooking type items.
It’s a nifty item, that is affordable, re-usable and really works! It’s one of my Friday’s Favourites….