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Always make sure you store your sugar in an air tight container, it helps prevent air....  its also easier to use when your baking anything. Adding a vanilla pod or the seeds of a pod in the cont
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storing caster or superfine sugar... tip1

posted at 6/2/2012 9:21 AM EDT
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Always make sure you store your sugar in an air tight container, it helps prevent air....  its also easier to use when your baking anything. Adding a vanilla pod or the seeds of a pod in the container with the caster sugar helps give it a vanilla scent and also gives what ever you bake a slight hint of pure vanilla. It can be used in cakes, custards, ice creams, cookies and so on... Ex: I substituted 2 cups of regular superfine sugar to the vanilla superfine sugar in a coconut bundt cake recipe, and it turned out superb, I can see the bits of vanilla while cutting through...  

** William-Sonoma's store sells the vanilla seeds in a container, really helps if your not in the mood of scrapping the pod... 

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posted at 6/2/2012 10:00 AM EDT
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Aisha...thanks for the tip!  I do store my sugar in an airtight container; but I never have put any vanilla pod in the container.  I will try that!  You can never go wrong when you use vanilla.  I just read somewhere that some women dab it behind their ears.  I haven't tried that, either....but if I did, I would use clear vanilla.  I would think that pure (dark) would stain.  Thanks again for this tip.  Hope you have more of them.

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posted at 6/2/2012 11:02 AM EDT
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i store sugar in a tupper ware container

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posted at 6/2/2012 12:05 PM EDT
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Thanks for the tip Aisha.  Good thing to know. 

I keep my sugar in a sealed bag, inside a canister since you can never be too careful.  I did the same thing with my flour too.  As expensive as everything is these days, I sure don't want to have to throw it out.

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posted at 6/2/2012 1:00 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: storing caster or superfine sugar... tip1:
Thanks for the tip Aisha.  Good thing to know.  I keep my sugar in a sealed bag, inside a canister since you can never be too careful.  I did the same thing with my flour too.  As expensive as everything is these days, I sure don't want to have to throw it out.
Posted by H. M

  I also store poowdered sugar and brown sugar this way.
also oatmeal, flour, and rice.

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posted at 6/2/2012 1:39 PM EDT
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I always store almost all my staples in airproof containers.  I learned the hard way when we had an ant invasion several years ago!  However, now that we have the "Orkin Man" monthly, I still use the air tight containers.  I just think that things stay fresher longer.

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posted at 6/2/2012 1:39 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: storing caster or superfine sugar... tip1:
Thanks for the tip Aisha.  Good thing to know.  I keep my sugar in a sealed bag, inside a canister since you can never be too careful.  I did the same thing with my flour too.  As expensive as everything is these days, I sure don't want to have to throw it out.
Posted by H. M


H.M. I do the same.I have a large canister I keep my flour in ,It holds 10 # it has a large opening to put your hand into.Much easier to measure in this way.My Mom used to keep her vanilla in this manner.Thanks Aisha for the great tip.

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posted at 6/3/2012 12:49 AM EDT
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And if your brown sugar gets hard, put the heel of a loaf of bread in with the sugar. It will soften right up.

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posted at 6/3/2012 7:17 AM EDT
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I keep most of my everyday stuff in Rubbermaid or Tupperware containers.  But I have several 'extra' bags of flour,  sugar and brown sugar ... They just stay in their original bags in the cupboard. 

Things like half an onion are in ZipLoc freezer bags in the fridge.

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posted at 6/3/2012 7:25 AM EDT
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Thanks for the helpful tip.

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posted at 6/3/2012 9:05 AM EDT
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I did have a 5 pound bag of white sugar get hard on me. I took a knife and broke large chunks off then my box grater and started to grate it and it broke up as I grated it.  I did have some lumps but they broke up as I worked it a bit more. 
Never had that problem before or since.
I use Lock and Lock containers for my flour and sugar. Never have had a problem with white or brown sugar or the flour once it is in the Lock and Lock.

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posted at 6/3/2012 10:07 AM EDT
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Thanks for the tip!! I use Lock and Lock containers and love them!!

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posted at 6/3/2012 2:08 PM EDT
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Huh?  I've never even heard of Lock and Lock.  Where did you get them?

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posted at 6/3/2012 2:44 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: storing caster or superfine sugar... tip1:
I did have a 5 pound bag of white sugar get hard on me. I took a knife and broke large chunks off then my box grater and started to grate it and it broke up as I grated it.  I did have some lumps but they broke up as I worked it a bit more.  Never had that problem before or since. I use Lock and Lock containers for my flour and sugar. Never have had a problem with white or brown sugar or the flour once it is in the Lock and Lock.
Posted by nikki p


Someone told me to put it in the microwave for a few seconds to soften the sugar.
It works most of the time.

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posted at 6/3/2012 7:09 PM EDT
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Not only do I use tupperware but I also put a terra cotta clay bear in with my brown sugar.

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posted at 6/4/2012 7:41 AM EDT
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Nikki, I had a bag of sugar get rock-like on me so I took a hammer to it.  Then I put the pieces into the food processor.  I got nice superfine sugar.  That is a lot easier than grating it.  Easier on the fingers too

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posted at 6/4/2012 9:23 AM EDT
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i use an old set of of tupperware cannisters----------they are blue----------cubish with the clear hinged top that latches down----------if you remember them-----------for sugar, flour-because they are easy to get into for dipping------------never had anything get in them-----------my powdered sugar--- brown sugar are in those cheap cannisters from dollar stores------still in their bags-----as well as my salt -------i buy the pound box because i hate the spouts on the salt boxes------------all my nuts are in the freezer

for all my extra baking supplies-----flour, sugars, choc chips, etc ----i keep them in the bags in a couple of storage containers in my "pantry" room --------

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posted at 6/4/2012 10:14 AM EDT
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I store my sugar and flour in air tight containers in my fridge.. have been doing it for years..we lived in California and we somehow got ants in our house and thebug guy told us we should store them i the fridge so the bugs arent attracted to them,,,it works

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posted at 6/4/2012 1:20 PM EDT
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Huh?  I've never even heard of Lock and Lock.  Where did you get them?
Posted by Nancy G


JCPenny has Lock and Lock storage containers. QVC also sells them. 
They last much longer than the other storage containers that have the same type of locking lids. I have had Snapware and Sterilite containers and both have had the tabs break.  I have yet to have a tab on the Lock and Lock break.
They have a gasket around the inside of the lid and the tabs lock over the edge of the container.  This gives you and airtight and water tight seal. I have never had any leaks from stuff stored in the Lock and Lock.

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posted at 6/5/2012 7:48 PM EDT
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I think I have some of those Lock and Lock containers.  They are flat and have thingies that snap down on each of the 4 sides.  Veryi easy to open and close.

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