Rehydrating popcorn

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  1. Old Philosopher

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    Wait a minute! :eek: Who would want to rehydrate popcorn? It's dry for a reason, right?
    Wrong! Popcorn pops into light, fluffy kernels because it ISN'T dry...all the way.
    The moisture in the kernels is what heats up, and bursts the kernels.
    So if you have some popcorn that's been stored for awhile under less than ideal conditions, it's going to have dried out to the point where you get half-popped kernels, or lots of "old maids".
    So here's the solution:

    Fill a 1 quart Mason jar 2/3 full of old popcorn.
    Add 2 Tablespoons of water
    Seal the lid and shake the jar until you can't see any sign of moisture inside
    Let it sit sealed for 2-3 days, and pop as usual
     
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    Wow...great tip. Makes perfect sense now that i think about it...will have to try that. Appreciate the info, its the kind of thing i like about this place...always something to learn.
     
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    Now that's a cool tip. Thanks!
     
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    great tip! that also works with grapes that have gone past crisp and fresh, just toss em in a bowl of water for a few hours. they are not like new but better than old and mushy.
     
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    no kidding! Who'd a thunk!
     
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    that's a neat tip, OP - thanks!
     
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    exactly the reason I have to visit this place 1000 times a day. I never heard of this. Cool information.

    Can popcorn be used as food corn, as in rehydrate by boiling for use in soups or stews? This is the thought that popped in my head when I first saw the post title. Regular corn can be kept on the cob for long term storage though right ? Hmmm making me think tooo much.....
     
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    exactly...if you are away for just a little while- you might miss a little golden nugget of knowledge- I have the same affliction.
     
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    Well this is a tastey tid bit of knowledge for sure .
     
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    Interesting.....
     
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    Rehydrate raisins the same way except use warm water. Makes them great in oatmeal and in raisin bread! Mmmm!
     
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    Great tip.
    We often seem to end up with half packs of popcorn in the cupboard, I never thought about why they didn't pop well.
     
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    For years, I thought they just "went stale". Actually did, in a way, I guess.
    But if you rehydrate some, try to use them soon. If you get too much moisture in the container, they could mold over time.
     
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    Do you think popcorn would be a good survival food to have a half cup of it in your BOB? Can it be popped with out oil or butter in the pan if its moist enough in the kernel? I'm just thinking on a bulk fill 'er up type food. Can a small handful be popped inside a Mors or Zebra pot?

    Marsh.
     
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    IMO, you'd be better off with pemmican, or some other dried corn product. Pound for pound, popped corn is more bulk than nutrition. Yeah, it might make you feel full for awhile, but you're not getting much in return.
    And as far as I know, to pop corn you need a lot of heat in a hurry. I don't believe you can 'dry pop' it. I believe all you would get is burned kernels. With oil/lard, you still have to agitate the pot to get it to pop without burning on the bottom. Even microwave popcorn has a popping media in the bag with it. Best way to find out is to try some on the range top, or camp stove.
     
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    Ok. Your right.. not very nutritious. It was just a curious thought I had in my head. Thanks OP.

    :)

    Marsh.
     
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    I read an article many moons ago about corn/popcorn kernels found in Egypt dating back thousands of years... They were able to pop them and eat them...

    Is that true? I don't know but it's an interesting thought.

    Jon.
     
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    Are those the same ones they found in the box with the Twinkies?
     

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