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Monday, February 7, 2011

Rejuvenating Popcorn

by Throwback at Trapper Creek

It's hard to grow corn reliably in our cool, mountain setting but we do love an occasional bowl of popcorn as a treat. So it is one of the things we buy to stock the pantry. However, not using popcorn too often usually results in un-popped corn or old maids as we call them. I'm getting a little long in the tooth, so finding one of those by mistake while watching a movie with rapt attention could mean a trip to the dentist.


But, there is a way around that and still have your popcorn too. Dry storage is great for items that need to be dry, but popcorn needs a little bit of moisture to pop properly.

To rejuvenate our popcorn, I just pour water in a clean storage jar, pour it out completely so it just remains damp and pour in the corn. Over a few days, the kernels will absorb the moisture and will be ready to pop. Store in a cool dry place or refrigerator and you're good to go on movie night.

10 comments:

Emma said...

What a great tip! We've added popcorn to our long term food storage and I've never really used it before. From what I've read, it's also great for grinding into cornmeal for cornbread or anything else you'd use meal for. I knew the moisture was an issue, so thanks for the idea. I'll DEFINITELY use it!

Emma
City Roots, Country Life

Paula said...

Very cool Nita- great tip!

Jennifer said...

What a great tip! I did not know this! I love popcorn but I've avoided buying any quantity because it wouldn't last. Now I know what to do.

Heidi said...

Thanks - Ironically, I was just about to throw out some unpopped popcorn with the old maid problem. I'll try this first.

LindaG said...

Nifty idea. Thanks for that! :)

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

That's a great idea. I never thought of that. I live in the Northwest of the United States... so I' ll have to give this a try!!! Homemade popcorn is the best!!! Greetings from Oregon, Heather :)

Anonymous said...

popcorn also stores really well in the freezer and pops really well out of the freezer even when it's old! i got sick of my popcorn kernels not popping (when i stored it in the cupboard) and now the popcorn stays permanently in the freezer!

Sarah in Indiana said...

Thanks for the tip! We love popcorn, and we usually go through it pretty quickly, but sometimes when you buy bulk popcorn it's not as fresh as you might hope.

emilysincerely said...

I used to eat popcorn everyday! Love it. Now I don't eat it as often. I have always liked the old maids - until my teeth told me that I really should do that! I still LOVE popcorn and we are making it more in the past few months. Thanks for the water-trick. Emily

Mr. H. said...

We tried this and it worked like a charm, had popcorn last night.:) Thanks for the great tip.