I have read the label of brown sugar for the first time today and I feel so ignorant for not doing so before.
I was in the middle of preparing a dish that called for brown sugar and when I took down my box from the cabinet, which admittedly had been in my cabinet for many months ... I was stumped on what to do when the contents were hard as a brick. I sent G off to the store and while he was gone, I started to google how to soften brown sugar - also something I had never done - when I finally decided to read the box. Duh!!! and Double duh!!!!
Place the desired amount of hardened brown sugar in a bowl, cover this with two damp paper towels, microwave for 30 seconds and walah! softened brown sugar. I was amazed, shocked, and delighted!! It worked!!!! YAY! You can also do the same thing without the microwave part, but just leave it in the bowl overnight - however, I have not tested that method.
I now feel really stupid for all of the hardened boxes of brown sugar I have thrown away over the years.
I really do need to start reading labels more often.