Can you pop popcorn underwater?

Can popcorn pop underwater? Popcorn works by heating up the tiny amount of water in the kernel, which then forces open the watertight shell, causing the little explosion of tasty goodness. It takes a minute or so in an air popper to heat the kernel to the point of popping.
A.

What causes a popcorn kernel to pop?

Inside each kernel of popcorn is a tiny droplet of water surrounded by a hard shell called a hull. As the popcorn is heated, the water turns into steam, which builds pressure inside the kernel. When the hull can no longer contain the pressure — POP! — the kernel explodes and a fluffy new piece of popcorn is born.
  • Why microwave popcorn is bad for you?

    A report from the FDA indicates that a chemical coating used in microwave popcorn bags breaks down when heated into a substance called perfluorooctanoic (PFOA). Another study has found an acid that can be extracted from the chemical causes cancer in animals and is “likely to cause cancer in humans.”
  • Which state has the most popcorn?

    Nearly all of the world's popcorn production is in the United States, with 25 states growing the crop. Over one fourth of the national production is in Nebraska, and Indiana produces only slightly less. Other major popcorn-producing states are Illinois, Ohio, and Missouri.
  • When did microwave popcorn become popular?

    The first patent for a microwave popcorn bag was issued to General Mills in 1981, and home popcorn consumption increased by tens of thousands of pounds in the years following. Today, Americans eat about a million pounds worth of (unpopped) popcorn a year.
B.

What causes some popcorn kernels not to pop?

The primary reason is moisture loss. Popcorn pops because it has an impermeable membrane (pericarp) that holds in water. The water inside the kernel superheats, causing so much pressure that the shell bursts. (See What makes corn kernels turn into the shape of popcorn?
  • What causes some popcorn kernels not to pop?

    The primary reason is moisture loss. Popcorn pops because it has an impermeable membrane (pericarp) that holds in water. The water inside the kernel superheats, causing so much pressure that the shell bursts. The popcorn may get stale, or become dried out.
  • Which state has the most popcorn?

    Nearly all of the world's popcorn production is in the United States, with 25 states growing the crop. Over one fourth of the national production is in Nebraska, and Indiana produces only slightly less. Other major popcorn-producing states are Illinois, Ohio, and Missouri.
  • Why popcorn is bad for your teeth?

    Popcorn is one of the worst dental offenders. “Its not just the kernels that are bad for your teeth, but also the thin shell that surrounds the kernel,” says Chevy Chase, MD cosmetic dentist Claudia C. Cotca, DDS. If it isn't removed in time, it can cause bone loss and possibly the loss of the tooth, too.
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Can you soak popcorn kernels?

Soak Unpopped Popcorn Kernels to Give Them a Second Chance. No matter what method you use to make popcorn, you always seem to end up with a few kernels that didn't pop. Soaking the kernels overnight in water can help them pop the second time around.
  • How long does kettle corn stay fresh?

    A: Our NH Kettle Korn and other products will stay fresh for 3 to 4 weeks. To enjoy munching, put the snack in a bowl and reseal the bag so it will remain fresh and crispy.
  • Why microwave popcorn is bad for you?

    A report from the FDA indicates that a chemical coating used in microwave popcorn bags breaks down when heated into a substance called perfluorooctanoic (PFOA). Another study has found an acid that can be extracted from the chemical causes cancer in animals and is “likely to cause cancer in humans.”
  • Is popcorn OK if you have high cholesterol?

    Not only does popcorn have more fiber than whole-wheat bread or brown rice, but this cholesterol buster is also a low-calorie snack when prepared properly and eaten in moderation. Microwave or air pop kernels sans oil, and skip the butter and salt toppings.

Updated: 2nd October 2019

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