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Does sugar go bad?

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Sugar is something that has an indefinite shelf life, because there is nothing in sugar that can go bad. Although most sugar brands list a "best if used before" date on the packaging, this is more of a guideline and not a hard-and-fast rule.

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The indefinite shelf life rule goes for granulated sugar, raw sugar, white sugar cubes and even for sugar substitutes. Other forms of sugar, such as brown sugar, usually have a use-by date and will change composition over time.

Brown sugar has a tendency to harden over time, especially if the container has been exposed to air. However, brown sugar can be revived by adding a piece of bread to the container where the sugar is being stored, or by placing a damp paper towel in a plastic bag in the container. This will soften the brown sugar to its normal consistency.

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