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Just to let you know:

If the Outback you eat at has Sweet Potatoes on their menu - be careful!! I realized at work last night as I was helping prepare some food going out to a table - that they put a piece of bread in the brown sugar to keep it soft! They prepare the sweet potatoes with a scoop of brown sugar, honey butter and a dash of cinnamon on them. If you order the sweet pot. - make sure you get it without any brown sugar on it!!

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Just to let you know:

If the Outback you eat at has Sweet Potatoes on their menu - be careful!! I realized at work last night as I was helping prepare some food going out to a table - that they put a piece of bread in the brown sugar to keep it soft! They prepare the sweet potatoes with a scoop of brown sugar, honey butter and a dash of cinnamon on them. If you order the sweet pot. - make sure you get it without any brown sugar on it!!

Wow thanks! I'm literally walking out the door to go Outback in like 5 minutes to meet my sister. Just killing some time while I wait for DH. And to think I was actually thinking of trying those.

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OMG!

I always get the sweet potato... Why would they put bread on the sugar? is it in a bin? I dont' get it???

THAT STINKS!! I LOVE teh sugar, that is the best part! :unsure:

Thanks for the info!!

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I hope you told them that was absolutely terrible not just in terms of cross contamination for us, but also in my opinion it's just not sanitary, if they are going to use the brown sugar for ANYTHING, they don't need to be putting anything in it "to keep it soft" regardless of gluten or not! YUCK!

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Yep--putting a slice of bread (or an apple wedge) in brown sugar to keep it soft is an old trick. Thanks for reminding us that Outback still does this. If you really want the brown sugar on your sweet potato, just put some in a small zip lock bag at home, and bring it with you in your purse. (or a companion's purse, if you're a male!) :D

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I don't get it. Doesn't it get moldy? I don't consider myself much of a cook, so I may not be familiar with this... Is it like putting rice in a salt shaker? I have brown sugar in my cupboard that's been there for a year. It's fine without a piece of bread in it.

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In a setting like Outback where the brown sugar is going to be open often and possibly in a humid environment, it would get hard without the bread in it. In our kitchens, where it's primarily kept sealed, it's not the same issue. The bread absorbs the water that would otherwise cause the sugar to clump together and harden in the environment that they are in.

Thanks for the catch!

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In a setting like Outback where the brown sugar is going to be open often and possibly in a humid environment, it would get hard without the bread in it. In our kitchens, where it's primarily kept sealed, it's not the same issue. The bread absorbs the water that would otherwise cause the sugar to clump together and harden in the environment that they are in.

Exactly! The bread isn't the same piece of bread day after day. They toss the piece of bread after the day is over. I'm not sure if EVERY Outback does this - just mine. The brown sugar is the normal CH Brown Sugar in the resealable bag - but it's too much of a pain when things get busy to use it from the bag. So, they put it in a round container (slightly smaller than a dinner plate) - and only put in as much as they think might be used in a day. There's a lid for that container - but since sweet potatoes were added to our menu - they are so popular and that lid hardly ever stays on. I suppose the bread just helps make it easier to scoop out the brown sugar. So - I just wanted to warn you (maybe you could ask your server to see if bread was added that day)....just be careful!

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In a setting like Outback where the brown sugar is going to be open often and possibly in a humid environment, it would get hard without the bread in it. In our kitchens, where it's primarily kept sealed, it's not the same issue. The bread absorbs the water that would otherwise cause the sugar to clump together and harden in the environment that they are in.

Thanks for the catch!

Oh. That would add up to a lot of bread crumbs if they switched bread slices every day. :unsure:

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Yes, the Outback where I work does this as well. However, we also have extra packs of brown sugar (minus the bread slice), so if someone orders from the gluten-free menu and they want a sweet potato, we can use that. So just specify that when you order. Trust me, when I found out that this was common at Outback, I gave 'em hell! They should update their website's gluten-free menu to say "request gluten-free brown sugar" or something, since it seems that this is a universal OB practice.

- Lauren

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