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SECRETS REGARDING POPPING POPCORN

Problems With Popping?

Have you ever wondered why some popcorn doesn't taste as good as it should? Popcorn is a natural product. It's grown in a field, harvested, stored, cleaned and packaged. It's not mixed with other things, cooked, crushed or modified in any way.

As a natural grain, it responds to variables like humidity, light and oxygen. The farmer does everything he can to grow the best popcorn, but some things will affect the taste and popping experience. What you do at home can affect it too.

For best results, after you open your popcorn bag, always store your popcorn in a glass jar, or some other airtight container. Store it in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight.

TOO MUCH MOISTURE:
If your popcorn, when you pop it, has a slightly gummy texture or pops up like foam, it might be too moist (by approximately 1%). You can put some kernels on a plate and leave it on your counter for a day, then see if it improves.

TOO DRY:
If your popcorn tastes tough after you pop it, or has a lot of hulls it may improve with a little added moisture (too dry by approximately 1%), . The ratio is one teaspoon of water to 1 pound of popcorn. Put it in a glass jar and shake it up. Shake it up at least 2 or 3 times a day for 3 days, then try popping it again. Be sure and shake it up, otherwise the water will stay at the bottom and mold the popcorn.

Hopefully these tips will help you have the best popcorn eating experience possible! Don't forget the butter and brewer's yeast! (My personal favorites!)

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