Simply put, popcorn is a type of corn that is enclosed in a hard endosperm or shell that contains a starchy interior. When this popping corn is placed in a heated environment, the pressure inside the shell increases, causing a ‘pop’. There are various popcorns, which includes those that are meant to be cooked in a microwave, as well as unaltered kernels.
There is evidence that popcorn has already been enjoyed more than 6,000 years ago. This is because corn has always been a vital part of a number of cultural diets during the ancient times. It is also interesting to know that popcorn is abundant throughout the world, as long as a normal corn is consumed in that place.
Aside from being an enjoyable snack, popcorn also has a lot of health benefits. Its fiber content can help in digestion, lowering cholesterol levels and blood sugar, and it also prevents aging. Lastly, it can also aid in weight loss. However, eating popcorn should always be in moderation, as it contains salt, butter, and other toppings that can harm you.
Have you ever popped too much popcorn? If you want to know how to keep popcorn fresh, you have to read this post. It will help you in preventing food wastage, as well as with giving you more time to enjoy the snack. I will also be providing you some pro tips to ensure you make the most out of your popcorn.
What You Will Need To Keep Popcorn Fresh
- Unpopped popcorn kernels
- Cooked popcorn
- Airtight container
- Resealable plastic bags
- Oven mitts
- Microwave oven
- Big bowl
- Glass jar with lid
- Press and seal wrap
Instructions On How To Keep Popcorn Fresh
As you are now handling food, make sure you wash your hands first. Observing cleanliness may be the most important part of keeping your popcorn fresh longer. Here’s how to keep unpopped kernels fresh:
- Cut open the packaging of the popcorn.
- Transfer the contents of the package into an airtight container.
- You may also use microwave-ready bags for easy microwave cooking.
- Make sure there is no air when you seal the container close.
- Place the container in a dark and dry environment such as your kitchen cabinet or pantry.
- Avoid placing the unpopped kernels inside the refrigerator as the cold environment can dry out the kernels. They still contain moisture, which is important to the popping process.
For cooked popcorn, here’s how to keep them fresh:
- Cut open the popcorn’s packaging.
- You may opt to cook the popcorn inside the microwave-ready bag it came with or you can transfer the contents into a microwave-safe bowl.
- Cook the popcorn as suggested in the packaging. It may range from three to five minutes, depending on the brand of your popcorn.
- Using oven mitts, take the container out of the microwave oven.
- Allow the popped kernels to cool to room temperature before you seal it shut and store it. This is an important part of the process, as residual steam may cause the popcorn to dampen.
- After the popcorn has cooled, you may transfer the contents into a bowl and seal it shut.
- It is important to note that liquid flavoring ingredients should not be added if you are storing the popcorn for later consumption.
- You may add moist flavorings at a later date. The reason is that excess moisture may ruin the airy texture of the popcorn during storage.
- In addition, refrain from adding salt as it draws moisture out of the popcorn.
- However, it is deemed suitable for you to add dry herbs and spices, as long as it is salt-free if you want to store your popcorn properly.
- Place the airtight container in a dry and dark environment such as your kitchen cabinet or pantry. Exposure to light may dry your popcorn over time.
- You have to consume the popped kernels within a week for you to enjoy its flavor and texture.
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Here are some additional tips on how to keep popcorn fresh.
- Glass jars with good lids can also be an alternative to where you store your cooked popcorn.
- A resealable plastic bag can work if you want to keep your popcorn fresh, but an airtight container is a better choice. Plastic bags are relatively thinner, which may be less effective at protecting the popcorn from air.
- Metal tins may also be used for storing popcorn.
- For maximum popcorn protection, you may apply a sheet of press-and-seal wrap on top of the tin before placing sealing the lid’s container shut.
- Refrain from placing these containers near the sink or the stove, where steam is most likely to develop.
- Shelf life of unpopped kernels is up to two years.
- Shelf life of cooked popcorn is two weeks.
- There are signs in which you can tell if the popcorn you stored has already gone rancid. For unpopped kernels, the shell will dry and the kernel will no longer pop. It may also appear darker and the smell may be a little different from fresh ones.
- Consuming spoiled popcorn may cause you certain health issues. It is important to remember to practice food safety and keep in mind that you need to consume the popcorn before its shelf life ends.
- If you want to be sure, you have to double-check the expiration dates at the grocery store or supermarket before actually making the purchase. Doing this will save you a lot of time and money.
- Freezing the uncooked popcorn may also lengthen its shelf life. It has to be sealed in a bag with all the air pushed out. By doing this, you may keep your popcorn fresh for a year.
- Use of butter and salt right before serving is ideal for popcorn. The moisture from the butter will quickly make the popcorn stale but the salt will draw the moisture away from the kernels.
- Popcorn bought that is already popped such as coated ones, can also be stored in the same manner as the ones above.
- Refrigerating already cooked popcorn will dry it out, thus making it hard to pop.
- You have to throw out popcorn that appears to have any discoloration, has an odd taste and one that is noticeable moldy.
- To better enjoy your popcorn, you may put whatever toppings you desire. You may add oil, butter, salt, rosemary, Parmesan, cinnamon or any other flavorings you want. Shake the bag before serving.
- Proper popcorn storage has a lot of benefits. It includes healthier eating, cost cutting and it can also help the environment by preventing waste.
By now, you should be able to do the above process easily. Knowing how to keep popcorn fresh is a very quick and easy task and it should be done properly in order to prevent wasting a tasty batch of popcorn. Being armed with this information is great especially if you are a popcorn enthusiast and you cannot watch a movie without it.