How to Soak Popcorn Seeds

Overview

Popcorn seeds (kernels) refuse to pop? Do you have a large number of unpopped "old maids" left at the bottom of your popper? The problem lies in the amount of water in your popcorn. Dried out popcorn will not pop because the water inside the seed expands as you heat the kernels in a popper. When the water inside the popcorn seed expands enough, the kernel pops, but without this water, you get "old maids." Revive those unpopped popcorn seeds by soaking them in water before re-popping them. Never waste another kernel again. Use this soaking technique with fresh popcorn to ensure your popcorn seeds pop completely the first time.

Step 1

Place the popcorn seeds into the resealable container.

Step 2

Add 1 tbsp. of water into the container and seal.

Step 3

Shake the container to evenly distribute the water throughout the kernels.

Step 4

Let the container sit overnight for up to three days to allow the seeds to absorb the water. Pop using any method desired.

Step 5

Alternatively, cover the popcorn kernels with water in the jar and let it sit overnight. Drain off the water and pop using your preferred method.

Things You'll Need

  • 3/4 qt. popcorn seeds (unpopped)
  • Resealable, air tight container or jar
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. water

References

  • UChicago.edu: Popcorn - Cooking with Phase Changes
  • Popcorn.org: Popping Tips

Who Can Help

  • Popcorn.org: Stove Top Popping
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Athena Hessong began her freelance writing career in 2004. She draws upon experiences and knowledge gained from teaching all high school subjects for seven years. Hessong earned a Bachelor in Arts in history from the University of Houston.

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