This is the 20-Second Secret to Soften Brown Sugar
How to Soften Brown Sugar in 20 Seconds from CupcakesAndCrinoline.com, I do this and it actually works! I have since started making my own brown sugar (one less container in my pantry and I know it's fresh every time!)
Homemade Buttermilk-cause I hate buying a whole carton when my recipes only call for a cup or so!! Need: Milk vinegar or lemon juice Measure 1tbl of lemon juice or vinegar into 1 Cup, add milk to fill the cup. Let stand for 5 minutes. Your buttermilk is ready to use in your recipe.
* Frozen Lemon Trick * Thoroughly wash the outside of a lemon and put it in the freezer. When you need some fresh lemon zest, take the frozen lemon and grate it.Put the lemon back in the freezer 'til needed again Easy and so convenient!