The Best Way to Separate Unpopped Kernels from Popcorn

published May 21, 2013
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I’ve been making a lot of caramel popcorn recently — talk about the perfect treat for everything from Teacher Appreciation Day to a birthday potluck! But the unpopped kernels always bug me. Nothing worse than munching a handful of caramel popcorn clusters and suddenly biting into a hard kernel. I finally figured out an easy way to eliminate nearly all those unpopped kernels before they ruin the batch.

Just after popping all the popcorn, and before coating it with caramel sauce, pour all the popped popcorn into a big bowl. Give the bowl a few good shakes — the heavier unpopped kernels will fall to the bottom of the bowl. Next, scoop the popcorn from the top of the bowl with a big measuring cup and transfer it to a second bowl. The unpopped kernels stay behind.

Easy-peasy, right? Give it a try next time you make a batch of caramel popcorn or any other kind of popcorn, and see if you can’t save yourself a cracked tooth or two!