Popcorn is a staple for us. It’s Li’l Man’s favorite snack.
Here are ten quick tips to making great popcorn.
1.) Season the pan
Before using your popper, pour a teaspoon of oil in the pan, then tilt the pan to coat the bottom and sides.
2.) Know Your Popping Corn
The highest-quality popping corn is gourmet popcorn.
Kernels range in color from off-white to light gold, red, blue, and every color in between.
Each color offers a distinct taste and tenderness.
The different sizes of kernels determine the number of hulls you will have–the smaller the kernel, the fewer the hulls.
3.) Less is More
We like to pour the popcorn into a shallow bowl or cookie sheet and then season.
This allows a more uniform taste of butter or other flavors.
4.) Patience is a Virtue
With the smell wafting through the house, it’s hard not to just dig in, but we have found it tastes better if we let it sit for a minute or two.
This gives a fluffy, crunch popcorn rather than a chewy one.
5.) Store Popping Corn in an Airtight Container
This will help prevent moisture loss, which affects the corn’s kernel’s ability to pop.
No moisture, no pop.
Avoid the refrigerator, however, many refrigerators contain little moisture and will actually dry out the kernels.
6.) Add a Little Moisture
If your kernels don’t pop completely or turn into crunchy, fluffy kernels rejuvenate the popping corn by:
Fill a 1-quart jar 3/4 full with popping corn
Add 1 Tablespoon of water
Cover, and shake every 5-10 minutes until all the water is absorbed
In 2-4 days, the corn should be perfect for popping
7.) Deck the Halls
For a popcorn garland, it’s best to use butterfly-shaped popcorn–large fluffy popcorn that has “wings”.
When making the garland, thread a needle with a very strong fishing line and add the popcorn, one piece at a time.
Thread through the thickest part of the popcorn to secure it.
For color and sparkle, add cranberries and spray paint the popcorn gold or silver before stringing.
8.) Indulge Your Sweet Tooth
Caramel corn works best with mushroom-shaped popcorn, produced from a kernel that is specifically bred to pop that way.
With fewer “wings” there is less surface area, making it much easier to apply a uniform caramel-coating layer over all the popcorn.
Try making these easy popcorn balls.
9.) Shake No Salt Before It’s Time
Pre-salting kernels toughen the popcorn.
Salt popcorn only after it has been popped.
Heck, skip the salt, and add seasonings like yeast, shredded cheese, ranch dressing packs, and more.
10.) Come Clean
After popping corn, just wipe out the popper with a paper towel.
This will keep the pan “seasoned”.
If you must wash the popper allow it to dry completely to ensure fluffy, crunchy popcorn.