10 things you didn’t know your microwave could do
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Soften hard brown sugar
There’s nothing more irritating when you’re baking than running into hardened brown sugar that surely won’t mix into whatever you’re making. But the fix is easy! According to microwave aficionados at Exclusive Repairs, “Simply put the brown sugar lump in a bowl. Wet a paper towel and cover the bowl with it, then microwave in ten-second bursts until the sugar is crumbly again. Poke the sugar with a fork between bursts to help break up the lump.” Just be sure you keep the “cook” time low. If you leave the sugar in the microwave for too long, it will melt.